Hulu’s White Men Can’t Jump (2023) is an enjoyable watch, but no where near as good as the original. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Hulu’s White Men Can’t Jump 2023 releasing on the streaming service tomorrow, May 19, 2023. The film is a remake of the popular 1992 film that starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. The cast of the remake includes Sinqua Walls (Kamal Allen), Jack Harlow (Jeremy), Lance Reddick (Benji Allen), Teyana Taylor (Imani), Laura Harrier (Tatiana), and Vince Staples (Speedy). Directed by Calmatic, who is best known for 2023’s House Party, this remake is enjoyable, but the original prevails. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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White Men Can’t Jump (2023) Parents Guide
In White Men Can’t Jump (2023): From 20th Century Studios, the all-new comedy “White Men Can’t Jump” is a modern remix of the iconic 1992 film that celebrates the streetball hustling culture of Los Angeles. Multi-platinum rap superstar Jack Harlow makes his movie debut as Jeremy, a former star of the game whose injuries stalled his career, and Sinqua Walls stars as Kamal, once a promising player who derailed his own future in the sport. Juggling tenuous relationships, financial pressures and serious internal struggles, the two ballers–opposites who are seemingly miles apart–find they might have more in common than they imagined possible.
White Men Can’t Jump (2023) Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know about the age rating of the movie before letting their younger children watch White Men Can’t Jump 2023.
Language: White Men Can’t Jump 2023 contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Some of the words include f*ck, sh*t, d*ck, a**, b*tch, d*ldos, g-d d*mn, and the use of the n-word in songs and dialogue.
Mature Content: The biggest concern for parents in the film, other than the bad language, is the drug content and some violence. Scenes include characters selling drugs, discussing drugs, and taking drugs for a better performance. There is also some violence, including fight scenes.
Age Rating of White Men Can’t Jump 2023: 20th Century Fox’s White Men Can’t Jump 2023 has an R rating by the Motion Picture Association (MPAA ratings) for strong language and suggestive drug material, and the parental guidelines advisory recommends it for mature audiences, an adult audience, young adults, and teens aged 17 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or a legal guardian (adult guardian) is highly suggested for young kids (young viewers) under 17 years of age in this R-rated motion picture for adult material. The minimum age recommendation is 17 years old; it is not suitable for younger viewers. There is no sexual content in the film.
Not much can beat the performances of Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in the original White Men Can’t Jump, which the 2023 remake does not achieve, yet this isn’t to say the movie is not worth watching or brings anything new to the table. Director Calmatic takes the premises of the original film, gives it a more modern take, and sends a positive message in the end. This time around, there is a basketball hustler named Jeremy, played by Jack Harlow, who is all crunchy with his vegan diet and breathing exercises. He teams up with Kamal Allen, played by Sinqua Walls, who has a chip on his shoulder after blowing his big chance at making it big. The two see the basketball talent they each possess and decide to team up to make some money, since they are both financially struggling.
Where White Men Can’t Jump 2023 exceeds in the interaction, chemistry, and heart of the relationship between Jeremy and Kamal. There are funny quips, smack talk on the court, and general conversations on race and stereotypes that are hilarious and sometimes thought-provoking. It feels like the two have been longtime friends, battling it out on the basketball court. Their performance feels natural and genuine, which is surprising considering Harlow is a rapper and sort of new to this acting thing. Kamal has a more serious role than Jeremy and is there to push the important points, especially when it comes to race and calling out Jeremy when he toes the line.
White Men Can’t Jump 2023 is far from a perfect film; it is predictable and lacks a lot of character development that would make the story more interesting and audiences more invested in the film. However, with a runtime of an hour and 30 minutes, this film is an enjoyable watch that doesn’t bog viewers down with a slow-paced plot and knows exactly what it is and what it wants to accomplish. Its biggest strike is releasing a remake that doesn’t hold a candle to the original. If director Calmatic really wants to make a name for himself in this business, perhaps he should skip the remakes and give audiences something new and fresh.