Uncle Drew is the result of taking a viral commercial for Pepsi Max and turning it into a major motion picture release. The commercial originally featured all-star NBA player Kyrie Irving, who would go undercover as an eighty year old man and prank players who were playing basketball in neighborhood parks. He did it a few different times and eventually got other NBA talent to join him on this hidden camera adventure. And from that viral commercial series comes Uncle Drew.
Kyrie Irving reprises his viral role and joins Lil Res Howery, who plays Dax, on his quest to win the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem. Uncle Drew enlists his friends to join the team and the film becomes a who’s who of current and former NBA basketball players. In fact, the main enjoyment of this film happens when the audience recognizes which former basketball stars are the old players. As well as the references to the actual players and their careers. Some of the other notable stars include: Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, and Nate Robinson.
If you ignore the less-than-great acting, they are NBA stars not actors, the film actually is quite enjoyable, especially if you were a fan of the viral Pepsi commercial in the first place. The film draws out the premise until it becomes quite thin, but wraps everything up in less than two hours. It’s not going to win any awards, but it will put a smile on your face.
Whose review gives Uncle Drew the overall rating of: for a Pepsi commercial made into a movie, it could’ve been worse. If audiences don’t go into the theater with high expectations they will not be disappointed and they might even be entertained, especially NBA fans that want to see some current and former stars dress up and have fun for a little while.
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