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Overall Rating

Awesome: 18.75%
Worth A Look: 6.25%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad56.25%
Total Crap: 18.75%

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Great White Hype, The
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by Ryan Arthur

"It's better than Major League, but what isn't?"
2 stars

Doesn't satire need to be funny?

Director Ron Shelton is known for sports movies. He directed (and wrote) Bull Durham and Tin Cup, two of the better movies about baseball and golf, respectively. He also wrote and directed Cobb, an underrated movie if there ever was one, and White Men Can't Jump, the second movie to team Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as bad actors (the first was Wildcats with Goldie Hawn).

That said, Ron Shelton also wrote The Great White Hype.

If not for his previous credits, I'd recommend hunting Mr. Shelton down and causing him bodily harm.

The Great White Hype is uneven satire, barely offering a smile, much less laughs. It's played outlandishly, and that's a shame. The world of boxing is ripe for satire (it's a joke itself, really) and this movie could've been decent. As it is, you've got a champ who stops training and wears a prosthetic gut and a white guy who can't act with a glass jaw.

Sam Jackson's over the top in a bad Don King impression, Jeff Goldblum barely registers a pulse, Peter Berg is just plain awful (and not the least bit believable) and the bit players (Jon Lovitz and Cheech Marin, among others) don't even get a chance to shine.

It's not even worth a rental.

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originally posted: 09/02/98 12:39:48
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User Comments

8/06/04 Anthony G fuck you niggers, this shit is off the motherfucking chain bitches! 5 stars
10/14/03 Priscilla Postlethwaite Makes NO HOLDS BARRED look like a classic. 1 stars
8/27/03 Gray this movie is supposed to have a point but in the end its doesn't 1 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby Well-performed, lamely developed. 2 stars
9/05/01 Butterbean Actually a well put together comedy. 4 stars
1/24/00 Casey Jarzabek SAMUEL L IS THE FUNNIEST ACTOR I KNOW 5 stars
2/19/99 Piz Idea has potential, but even Jackson couldnt make me chuckle. 2 stars
9/11/98 The incredible, edible GKR all i gotta say is whomp der it is 5 stars
8/31/98 Mister Whoopee This shit was awful. Jackson should know better. 1 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Sam Jackson is always hit or miss. This is miss. Berg is awful. 2 stars
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  03-May-1996 (R)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004



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