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Lee hops all over the place with this basketball drama that reveals more of his love for the game than cohesive filmmaking. Actually two movies in one: High school basketball great Jesus Shuttlesworth (newcomer and Milwaukee Bucks player Allen) must decide between college or a lucrative NBA contract. Then up pops his incarcerated pops, Jake, (a haggard Washington) to pressure him to chose his warden's alma mater, which turns the film into a shallow look at a strained father-son relationship. Washington is dynamic as the embittered father and Allen is evenly effective. Yet, the reunion is never fully developed and sometimes abandoned, while Lee scores visually by beautifully photographing the glorious hoop moves. Extraneous, stereotypical characters and rauchy sex sequences drag the film further from its dramatic resonance.

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Available on Running time 134 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Director/Star Teams: Lee & Washington, Basketball, African America, Sports Dramas, Teen Angst, Bad Dads, Men in Prison, Oldest Profession
Spike Lee
Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson, Hill Harper, Zelda Harris, Jim Brown, Ned Beatty, Lonette McKee, John Turturro, Michele Shay, Bill Nunn, Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Malik Hassan Sayeed
Spike Lee
Spike Lee, Jon Kilik, Touchstone Pictures, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Buena Vista

Visitor Reviews

He Got Game
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Denzel is great in this movie as the role of Jake Shuttlesworth. Jesus Shuttlesworth is the most sought after high school basketball player in the nation. His dream is to play professional basketball one day. Jake Shuttlesworth, Jesus's father, is in prison serving time for killing his wife in a violent family feud. He is released on parole, but with one condition: he must persuade Jesus to sign with the governor's alma mater university, Big State. And Jake only has a week to do it. What does Jesus decide to do?