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The Air Up There

The Air Up There
The Air Up There
The Air Up There
  • PG
  • 1h 47m
  • 1994
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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.
© 1994 Hollywood Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Brian Lowry

Working a bit too hard to send the crowd into a frenzy, the action in this basketball-oriented yarn isn't exactly fantastic, but it is mildly entertaining.

June 21, 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.

A Lot or A Little?

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

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:January 7, 1994
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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