Uncle Drew (2018)
July 2, 2018 9:37 PM - Subscribe

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (LilRel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time.

11+ from Common Sense Media

Uncle Drew: All Chapters,

Why Pepsi made 'Uncle Drew' into a movie - "The product placement doesn't hurt: "Uncle Drew" is essentially a feature-length Pepsi commercial. Its product and branding will appear throughout the film on vending machines and court logos. Gatorade, which is owned by Pepsi, also makes an appearance."

Uncle Drew, Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com, 2 stars:
Considering both its comedic and athletic roster, “Uncle Drew” has a cast of all-stars, and the script will leave you wishing they did so much more with everybody. For one, these athletes don’t seem to have just walked on set after getting hours of make-up—they’ve constructed physical tics and gravely voices for their elderly characters. They just aren’t given enough to work with. Scenes are often driven by a single joke, or maybe two, but the wackiness is too obvious, like the phoned-in promise of seeing Shaq’s bare ass after a certain pointless plot development. "Uncle Drew"'s interest in easy jokes only really works when these old dudes later show off their moves at the club, because damn, these guys can dance. As dispiriting as it is to admit, the MVP of “Uncle Drew” might be Nick Kroll’s ADR, his canned dialogue offering such left-field, laugh-out-loud gems as “old people are overrated!”
Uncle Drew Is Hollywood's Best Kung Fu Movie In Years, Charles Bramesco, Vulture:
Uncle Drew may have begun as a series of Pepsi Max ads, but when expanded to feature length and forced to adopt things like “plot” and “dialogue” and “other characters,” it behaves in a remarkably similar fashion to the kung fu movies that have enraptured its star. Though Lee’s tendency to work in his present era didn’t quite hit the mark, director Charles Stone III’s efforts hew more closely to the classical-minded wuxia epics of the ’60s and ’70s, period pieces peopled by Buddhist monks and warring clans. Hollywood hasn’t had much interest in pursuing traditional wuxia following the blip of Stateside curiosity inspired by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s surprise box-office windfall, so fans of the genre tend to look in unlikely places and think in the abstract. Having said that, in both form and function, Uncle Drew is hands-down the best work of martial-arts cinema to come out of the American studio system in years.
Ranking NBA and WNBA Players’ Acting Performances in ‘Uncle Drew’

Weekend Box Office: For a movie based on a Pepsi commercial, Uncle Drew is doing great

Lil Rel Howery & Nick Kroll on ‘Uncle Drew’ and If They’re Sneakerheads
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