He Got Game

1998 • 136 minutes
4.4
313 reviews
80%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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Academy Award(R)-winner Denzel Washington stars in this must-see story about a convict given one shot at a second chance to be a father! With promises of a reduced sentence, Jake Shuttlesworth (Washington) is granted temporary release from state prison in order to persuade the nation's top basketball recruit ... his estranged son, Jesus (NBA basketball star, Ray Allen), to play ball for the governor's alma mater! But just as Jesus faces intense pressures and irresistible temptations contemplating his big decision, Jake is also forced to consider not only what's best for himself ... but what's best for his son! With a groundbreaking soundtrack by the legendary Public Enemy -- plus great cameos from John Turturro and basketball personalities Dick Vitale, John Thompson, Dean Smith, and more, HE GOT GAME is a critically acclaimed hit you don't want to miss!
Rating
R

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4.4
313 reviews
Susan Florence
December 12, 2015
Found the ending confusing. Is the cop going to kill Denzel, because the governor wanted to be sure the trade would never be found out? The son went to the school the governor chose, so why? I find this hugely annoying, and one that makes the story overly contrived. The over one week plot point is really cheesy. Still bothers me. Makes it amateurishly plotted! I guess they kill him, so no one can get to the governor. The son can talk.
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Chris Moore
March 15, 2014
If you love basketball this is one to watch. Ray Allen is not a great actor but he adds authenticity and denzel makes up for him.
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Wes Collins
June 16, 2019
Good movie with good acting but the real star of the show is the Air Jordan 13 he got game greatest sneaker in the best colorway ever! My all time favorite .
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