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The Air Up There
  • PG
  • 1h 47m
  • 1994
Rotten21%
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Jimmy Dolan, a college basketball coach, wants to find a new star for his team since he believes this will get him a promotion to head coach at the school. He sees a video of Saleh, a basketball prodigy, and travels to Africa to recruit him. Upon arriving, Dolan is confronted with challenges of adjusting and learning how to live amidst of a brand new culture. Dolan and Saleh both teach each other life lessons before they take the court for one final game with everything on the line.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten21%
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Variety
Brian Lowry
Rotten

Working a bit too hard to send the crowd into a frenzy, the action in this basketball-oriented yar...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Fresh

Give or take the odd spot of predictable arrogance, however, it's a good-humoured, good-hearted fi...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Rotten

Children may find this funny, but the film isn't geared to very young audiences. It includes much...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Offensive, shop-worn comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that if this movie wasn't so inconsequential, it would be a lot more offensive. African customs and beliefs are trivialized, and much of the humor falls into the "isn't it cute, they speak English" camp. The movie's very premise -- that a white man has to go to Africa to save a poor tribe -- is insulting. Though aimed at older children, they're likely to drift away, like the aimless story, after the novelty of the basketball action wears off.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:January 7, 1994
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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