He Got Game (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

USA, 1998.  , .  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , Spike Lee.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Director Spike Lee’s characters are always so richly drawn, his films so marvelously outspoken and diversely dramatic that they are always worth watching even if they don’t hit the high points of his best work.  plays a convict who is offered the chance to shorten his sentence (for the murder of his wife) by convincing his nationally successful basketball playing son to attend the college of the state governor’s choice. He is given a week’s leave from prison (under heavy supervision) to re-enter his old neighbourhood in Coney Island and speak to his son (, who is excellent), which is going to be difficult considering his son hates his guts and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. The process by which the characters resolve their differences doesn’t have anything earth-shattering you haven’t seen before (and the film could afford to be shorter), but you’ll be sucked into it before you even realize it.

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