Hoosiers and White Men Can’t Jump are just two basketball movies that have stood the test of time? Although directed by William Friedkin and starring Shaquille O’Neal, Blue Chips was a disappointment, and there’s really not much to say about Kevin Durant’s Thunderstruck. Kyrie Irving and Lil Rel Howery are two big reasons why Uncle Drew has a shot at being one of the good basketball flicks (Irving is funny as the titular character and Howery was a scene stealer in Get Out).
Though Uncle Drew has a slew of basketball players (Reggie Miller, O’Neal, Chris Webber) as part of the ensemble, the feature isn’t just about playing on the black top. “(It’s about) just utilizing your passion in order to really forgive yourself throughout relationships” said Irving. “There was a love interest as well. Just a lot of mistakes that Uncle Drew made back in his past. It’s about time he owned up to them and built a family kind of around the game of basketball.”
Click on the media bar to hear Irving talk about the authentic nature of Uncle Drew (he mentions director Charles Stone III in the clip):
Uncle Drew opens nationwide Friday, June 29.