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Above The Rim

Above The Rim
Above The Rim
Above The Rim
  • R
  • 1h 33m
  • 1994
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In New York City, where thousands of teenagers compete for a very few chances to play professional basketball--and the fame and money that come with them--one talented young man must choose between a scholarship to college and immediate wealth in this drama set on the urban asphalt basketball courts of Harlem.
© 1994 New Line Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Brian Lowry

A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Gun violence, language in solid '90s basketball drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Above the Rim is a drama originally released in 1994 about a young Black man trying to stay away from dangerous influences so he can get to college and play college basketball. Starring Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, and Marlon Wayans as three friends trying to survive in Harlem, New York, this gritty drama features strong acting from young stars who go on to long careers, except, of course, for Shakur, who was killed in 1996. While this film has gun violence, blood, and some brutality, it is tame compared to the violence in similar movies made years later. Black men get shot (one man gets shot two times by police), beat up, punched, knifed and cut (an unhoused person is murdered), and a man accidentally jumps off a building, falling to his death. There's a lot of strong language ("f--k," "f--king," "motherf--ker," the "N" word, "s--t," and more) and some sexual content (romantic dancing, kissing, sexual jokes), but no sex or nudity. Young adults smoke cigars, cigarillos, and cigarettes. Adults and young adults drink alcohol at clubs and restaurants.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 23, 1994
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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