Basketball and NBA fans love a good storyline related to the sport. There have been a couple of hits like Michael Jordan‘s Space Jam or a more recent project called Uncle Drew and AIR. But White Men Can’t Jump is a cult classic. The storyline focuses on two individuals who hustle their way to earn a living. They join forces and use their basketball skills to earn money together. The original movie was released in 1992 and was well-received by fans.
The 1992 release featured Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes who took on the roles of Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane. Its newest rendition directed by Calmatic features a very similar storyline. It is of two men that find their way to make ends meet. Calmatic aimed to keep the plot as close as he could to the original while adding a few tricks of his own to the screenplay. Both movies are based on the age-old stereotype that white people can’t hoop.
Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls star as Kamal and Jeremy
In the 2023 rendition, Jack Harlow stars as Jeremy, a former star in the sport of basketball. The character of Jeremy had faced injuries that put an end to his blossoming career. Sinqua Walls plays the role of Kamal Allen, a budding basketball player whose future in the sport was thrown off track. Both characters meet at a local gym and their relationship bloomed into a great partnership. The storyline also shows how despite having polar opposite personalities, Kamal and Jeremy grow closer due to their love for basketball.
White Men Can’t Jump (2023) features a star-studded cast. Harlow is a blooming rapper known for his hit songs “First Class” and “Tyler Herro” while Walls has played roles on American Soul (2021) and Shark Night (2011). The cast also features Laura Harrier, Lance Reddick, Teyana Taylor, Tamera Kissen, Vince Staples, Myles Bullock, Zak Steiner. One of its most iconic crew members is famous American comedian Andrew Schulz.
Fans react to Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls’ White Men Can’t Jump remake
While director Calmatic initially wanted to keep the essence of the 1992 release, fans did not feel like the 2023 rendition came anywhere close to it. The reviews of both movies were opposites of each other. A rating is 2.5/10 was given to the 2023 remake of White Men Can’t Jump, while the 1992 release was given a 6.8/10 rating. Fans were brutal about Calmatic’s version of the 1992 masterpiece. Here are a few reactions.
Remaking White Men Can’t Jump is unnecessary.
— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) May 19, 2023
So y’all really gonna torture y’all selves and watch that new White Men Can’t Jump?
— Rubyn Warren II (@rubyncomedy) May 16, 2023
Hollywood: “We know what you want!”
Still no one:
Hollywood: “We remade White Men Can’t Jump!”
Absolutely no one:
— Drew (some assembly required) (@dmc1138) May 17, 2023
Listen to me closely…..
— Tres Equis 🇳🇬 (@CaptCommandoXII) May 19, 2023
Are we runnin out of movie ideas or some shit man? Why are movies like House Party and White Men Can’t Jump being remade
— B.Tee ☔️ (@btee_np) May 19, 2023
One fan said, “Remaking White Men Can’t Jump is unnecessary.” Another one said, “Are we runnin out of movie ideas or some shit man? Why are movies like House Party and White Men Can’t Jump being remade.” Opinions on the movie may differ according to each generation. Some of the younger generations may find the film interesting as it features a lot of modern-day references as well.