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At Theaters: 5/1/1998 On Video: 9/15/1998
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 11 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 059802
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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Jesus Shuttlesworth is the best high school basketball player in the nation. He has to sign his Letter of Intent, which declares what school he's going to go to. And being such a national prospect, he is worth millions of dollars and everybody wants a piece of him. It's very hard for him to know whom to trust. He is caught in a very intense week and it becomes even more so with his father showing up after being away for six and a half years.

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Drama - He Got Game is a drama primarily for fans of basketball or Spike Lee. The excessive sex, violence and profanity will be unacceptable to many viewers; for others, the subject matter will not be appealing. Strong acting from Denzel Washington makes this a good bet for fans of the actor. Uneven story could be distracting, but the basketball action and insider view of recruiting will be the main attraction for sports fans.
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Denzel Washington (Glory)
Ray Allen (Acting Debut, Guard for Milwaukee Bucks)
Milla Jovovich (Chaplin)
Dir/Prod/Wri: Spike Lee (Get On The Bus)
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PROFANITY: Strong and extremely frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Frequent nudity and sexual situations
VIOLENCE: Scenes of shootings and assaults
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Lots of basketball action
COMEDY: A few exaggerated situations involving college recruiting
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As well-known as Spike Lee may be as a film-maker or spokesman for African-American causes, he may be equally well-known as a basketball fan. I can't help but feel that Lee's love for the game may have clouded his judgment as he put together He Got Game. Lee has a lot of stuff he wants to show us involving the corrupt battle to recruit star high school athletes, but the subject isn't original. Worse still, the basketball story-line distracts from the one undeniable strength of He Got Game, the father/son relationship at its core. If Lee had centered on that relationship, He Got Game might have been a truly memorable film. Instead, it's a scattershot effort with enough material for two films which would have been better separated.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 152 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
30
Very High
90%%
13-19Teens (F)
15
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
28
High
89%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
28
High
79%%
30+Adults (M)
23
Fairly High
74%%
30+Adults (F)
28
High
79%%
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington), a prisoner who suddenly finds himself temporarily paroled, and with the promise of a commuted sentence, if he can accomplish one task: he must persuade his estranged son Jesus (Ray Allen)- the #1 high school basketball player in America-to sign with Big State, the Governor's alma mater.

Following the death of his mother, and with his father in jail, Jesus has had to raise himself and his younger sister. Now, just when he needs reliable guidance most, he's left alone to make the biggest decision of his life, to either accept one of the hundreds of college scholarship offers pouring in from around the country, or take the easy route and immediately begin a financially lucrative career with the National Basketball Association. With a deadline of only one week, his long-absent father unexpectedly returns home and must somehow reconcile with his son and induce him to accept Big State's offer. During the often explosive ensuing days, father and son reach a surprising turning point in their lives as they grow to understand and find respect for one another.

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