Uncle Drew ★★★

If you buy a ticket to Uncle Drew you're going to get exactly what you want out of it if not a little less basketball than it needed. As expected, Lil Rel Howery makes a prominent step-up in his first post-Get Out role and balances this thing with a strong sense of comedy and necessary heart. The heavily made-up current and former NBA players are all much better in the acting department than you'd expect if only director Charles "Drumline" Stone III might have spent more time exploring these pleasant personalities on the court rather than more convenient situations the film might have had a chance at finding that balance between Space Jam and White Men Can't Jump that it seemed intent to strike.

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