He Got Game

17 Feb


Spike Lee’s affinity for basketball is well documented, but his film about Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen), a young man having to make one of  “the most important decision of his life” is not his best effort.   Everyone close to Jesus sees a pay check on the horizon. His father, Jake (Denzel Washington) is serving 15 years for the murder of his wife and the prison warden asks Jake to convince his son to choose the governor’s alma mater for a reduced sentence. Lee explores the darker side of people’s human nature as his “Jesus” character must resist the temptations thrown in front of him. Unfortunately, Jesus has to share too much playing time with his father. I never thought I would say that about a Denzel Washington character. Lee’s story has all the pieces for a championship caliber film, but his players tire and cannot score the winning shot at the end because he puts the ball into too many hands.


Chuck’s Grade: B-

Adam’s Grade: C

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