Box art for White Men Can't Jump

White Men Can't Jump

comedy, sports

Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) and Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Hustlin' hoops tale with too much skin for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite an appealing, diverse cast and a provocative title, there's not much redeeming social value in this movie. Characters lie, cheat, and steal. They gamble and they drink. There are several sex scenes in which Gloria is topless or nearly topless with references to oral sex. There are also quite a few scenes of threatened violence, though no one gets killed.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how some men socialize with one another through insults. Do you ever feel hurt or bullied when people tease you? What's the difference between joking around and hurting someone? How do you know when you've gone too far?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Despite charismatic performances by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as nothing-but- net shooters who might be called the Schmo and the Bro, White Men Can't Jump throws up mostly bricks.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wednesday, April 2, 2014


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: It's a funny, frequently rousing film, with a warmly appealing acting partnership at its center-between basketball hustlers Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Witty and filled with surprises and laughter. Snipes and Harrelson make a great two-man power-trip on the blacktop. With a smart story, but simplified plot, the film scores. Although not a slam-dunk, still enough to get the win. 4/5

- fb1442511448, Tuesday, August 7, 2012

4 stars

Classic Hollywood comic drama affair, with Ali G like humour - "is it cos I is white?". Snipes and Harrelson have a great chemistry that make for fun basketball hustling scenes with the slick dialogue.

- RossCollinsUK, Saturday, December 3, 2011

2 stars

Pretty much a film with nothing but reverse racism throughout. 2 Stars

- bbcfloridabound, Wednesday, June 22, 2011