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560 Ratings

He Got Game

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 1998
Drama, Sport


A basketball player’s father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

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He Got Game Directed by Spike Lee

Critics reviews

The movie combines prison melodrama, domestic soap opera, ESPN-esque hype reels, and the monied aspirationalism of 90s hip-hop videos to bear on a plot that twines the moral redemption of a black American felon—and the reconciliation of a father and son—with a loaded racial critique of the commerce of basketball. It’s a sprawling but enduring snapshot of its era.
May 02, 2018
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Not as lame as I once thought, mostly because Spike’s having such a good time formally—practicing moves he’d put to more stirring use a few years later in 25th Hour—and because Denzel gets to be kind of a dick, which always brings out the best in him. You can tell the film was made by someone genuinely in love with the game, which counts for a lot… Still, the script really is pretty terrible, especially when it comes to women.
April 07, 2012
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