Uncle Drew SPOILER-FREE Review

Run Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes 

Rating: PG-13 

Directed by: Charles Stone III 

Starring: Kyrie Irving, Lil Rey Howery, Shaquille O'Neal 

UNCLE DREEEEEEW... sucks, to put it bluntly. I was never impressed with the trailers for Uncle Drew. I didn't find them to be that funny, and the most important thing when it comes to comedies is that the comedy lands. While I love the game of basketball, I don't follow the NBA, so the fact that all of these NBA players were in the the movie meant nothing to me. I know that is a main reason why this film appeals to people, but for me I couldn't have cared less. The one thing that actually caught my interest was the fact that Lil Rey Howery was playing the lead. He absolutely shined in Get Out, and delivered some much needed comedic relief in that film. So after seeing him in that, I was really excited to see him get a big leading role like this. But that was the only thing I was looking forward to. I went into Uncle Drew not really expecting much, and it ended up being exactly what I thought it was going to be. Uncle Drew has some entertaining basketball sequences, but there's nothing much there outside of that. None of the comedy works for me, even when delivered by Lil Rey Howery. While there was some potential for this to be a fun, feel good movie, the only thing I really felt was the desire to leave the theater. 

I honestly think that this role was originally written for Kevin Hart, and when he turned it down they just stuck Lil Rey Howery in it and kept all the jokes the same. The character acts exactly as if it was one of Kevin Hart's characters, which is more funny in of itself than anything the character actually says or does in the film. The movie is one big old joke. Essentially, every single joke is about how these characters are old and they're doing things old people don't normally do. After about five minutes, I get the point. I don't need an additional hour and a half constantly reaffirming it. And when it's recognizable celebrities in old age make-up, the jokes hold up even less. All of the supporting characters, such as Nick Kroll and Tiffany Haddish, are unbearable. They do the same shtick they do in every other movie, and it doesn't help the film at all. Nick Kroll is someone who actually has some range, so there are movies that I think he's really good in. But here he just plays the douche character he plays a lot, and it becomes annoying fast. And I've never been a fan of Tiffany Haddish, and my dislike of her style of comedy continues with this movie. And while I think Lil Rey Howery has a lot of potential to be a great comedic actor, as shown in Get Out, he is just not used effectively in this film at all. 

The best thing I can say about this movie is that some of the basketball sequences are entertaining. I love basketball, so just watching the characters play basketball is a nice escape from all the other really shitty elements of this movie. But I think I would have gotten more enjoyment out of watching an actual basketball game, instead of through the lens of this film. I am not going to go into spoilers, in case if Uncle Drew is your most anticipated film of the year and you're absolutely dying to go see it, but there are some absolutely absurd moments in this movie. There are things that happen that just make absolutely zero logical sense. I get it's a comedy, and you can play loose with logic sometimes in comedies, but some of these things went beyond simple suspension of disbelief to being Jesus-level miracles. And the ending of the movie is incredibly predictable. As the ending basketball game began, I leaned over to my friend sitting next to me and I told him exactly how the whole thing was going to play out and, sure enough, I was 100% correct. It's shit like that, piled on top of comedy that just doesn't work, that makes this movie kind of insufferable. Overall, Uncle Drew just isn't funny. Now, comedy is subjective, so you might have the time of your life watching this film. But, for me, I really did not like this movie at all, and I wouldn't be quick to recommend it.


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Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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