Uncle Drew

USA 2018. Dir: Charles Stone III. 103 mins. Opens June 29 in select theatres

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This film distributed by Elevation Pictures got a number of favourable reviews because it´s funny and for people in their 70s like myself who love basketball, the story-line is entertaining.

NBA star Kyrie Irving plays the 70-ish Uncle Drew, a has-been basketball player, a legend in his time. Shaquille O´Neal and Lisa Leslie, former basketball legends, are also in the cast, dressed as septuagenarians.

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legendUncle Drew, and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew's old basketball squad (Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of has-beens can win the big one.

What makes this film amusing is despite the 50 year age gap between these players and their opponents who are in their 20s, they still manage to play and beat them. Naturally, that´s the fantasy part to make us oldies feel young.

But that´s what movies are all about: imagination, fantasy, dreams. And it gives a positive vibe, especially for a film like this, to senior citizens who want to reminisce about their youth and their "young at heart" syndrome.

© 2018 Ed Farolan