Uncle Drew SPOILER-FREE Review
Run Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes
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.
What do you think? Have you seen Uncle Drew? If not, are you planning on seeing it? Leave your (spoiler-free) thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by: Nathanael Molnár
Written by: Nathanael Molnár
Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @movieparadise99