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Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | Video 20 June 1995
Ernest P. Worrell becomes a basketball star after an angel bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives him a pair of magic sneakers.

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John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest P. Worrell
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Barry Worth
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... The Archangel of Basketball
Colin Lawrence ... Tommy T.
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... T.J. (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
Lester Barrie ... Willie
Richard Leacock ... Walter
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Zamiel Moloch
Stevie Vallance Stevie Vallance ... Ms. Erma Terradiddle (as Louise Vallance)
Aaron Joseph Aaron Joseph ... Quincy Worth, Barry's Son
Douglas Newell Douglas Newell ... Sarge, the Head Guard of Mall
Henry O. Watson Henry O. Watson ... Mr. Ellis, the Mall Chief
Lossen Chambers ... Dr. Love, the Sport Radio Woman
Charles Andrew Payne ... Opponent 1 (as Charles Payne)
Brenda Crichlow ... Jackie
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Ernest P. Worrell becomes a basketball star after an angel bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives him a pair of magic sneakers. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slam Dunk Ernest See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The last Ernest film to see any sort of release from Touchstone Pictures. See more »

Goofs

The sign in the back of the stadium clearly states "Alberta", a province in Canada. See more »

Quotes

Barry Worth: Listen, I made a mistake, all right? I could have played college ball, and I could have gone pro. Listen to me when I'm talkin' to you. But I messed up. I dropped out of school, and I didn't get an education and that was it.
Quincy Worth, Barry's Son: So because you messed up, I can't get the shoes?
Barry Worth: No. No. Because I messed up, you can't mess up. Thinkin' you need things you don't. You're listenin' to the wrong people, son. Well, when you're older, you'll understand.
Quincy Worth, Barry's Son: When I'm older, I'll end up just like you.
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Ernest Scared Stupid (2010) See more »

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Dull and unimaginative – even by the series' own low standards
1 August 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Ernest is a janitor with a team that cleans the local mall. The rest of the janitors also play basketball in the city league as `Clean Sweep'. When Ernest saves their jobs by accepting blame for an accident they reluctantly agree to have him on their team. After losing them their next game, Ernest is dejected until an angel gives him magic shoes that make him an amazing player. However this causes friction in the team as the chance to play a NBA team looms.

I watched this Ernest movie because I like basketball and I hoped that the game action would cover me just enough to get through the film. However it didn't. The plot here is bad even by Ernest standards. The usual device of the magic shoes isn't used well – I've seen other basketball movies where a kid is blessed in some way and starts playing in the majors – but here it was all dull and unimaginative. Even things like the way the `love interest' goes from bookish newsagent to vamp in one scene with no explanation or reason – it just happens!

The background story of `effort and work over flashy shoes' is really bungled and doesn't come across well at all. The background characters becoming bitter at Ernest hogging the ball is also only played at the very end and isn't used well at all. The basketball games are very poor. Obiviously when Ernest is soaring through the air in absurd ways it's going to be, but even the actual games before he plays are careless – back passes, no 3 point line (although they still score 3's) things like that just show how shoddy it is. The actual shots of Ernest playing are also poor – they get a smile, but they clearly wanted to cut costs so the same shots of him jumping and dunking are used several times over.

Varney is unlikable. Ernest is meant to be a loveable loser we all root for – like Norman Wisdom used to play. However Varney is just plain annoying – when things happen to him you can't help but think `hope that hurt' and I never care if he comes good in the end or not! The actual team are very ethnic – like they were told to overplay the whole black thing! However some ar so-so. Cozart has to carry the moral message himself and does alright while some other faces are familiar from much better fare (Núñez Jnr), and really Abdul-Jabbar, good movie doing Airplane but what are you doing here – the fact that he is in this film is reason enough for us to pay NBA stars big wages now so that they don't come back and take bad acting jobs after they retire.

Overall this made me smile twice and that's it. I know it's for kids but this is too basic for kids. Varney's clowning isn't enough and the lame attempt to wring a message out of it is weak at best.


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