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Dax (Lil Rel Howery) must accept that he himself will never become a big number in basketball. He's way too small, too overweight and too nearsighted for that. But as a coach he wants to finally show his eternal rival Mookie (Nick Kroll) what he can do. Too stupid, though, that he would snatch away his top player of all players, without whom the Dax team has no chance. But then he meets the old Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving), who is surrounded by several legends. Dax can persuade this myth to return to the field again - but Uncle Drew has a condition: He's just playing with his old team. Whether these sprightly pensioners can compete with Mookie's young talents, however, seems questionable…
"Uncle Drew" first came into contact with US audiences in 2012, when the aging basketball player became the central figure of a Pepsi advertising campaign. Four short videos became an absolute hit on youTube, which is why the decision was quickly made to turn the Internet hit into a cinema success. As in the commercials, NBA star Kyrie Irving was to be transformed into the old Uncle Drew with a lot of prosthetic make-up - just like other big basketball stars like Shaquille O`Neal, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller. As sprightly ball wizards they should be sent on a longer journey, at the end of which - how could it be otherwise - there should be an important tournament in which the pensioners of today's arrogant youth should once again show where the frog has the curls.
A very nice idea in itself, although not exactly original. Unfortunately, however, the implementation was only successful to a limited extent. One reason for this is that neither the old men's make-up nor the acting performances of the sports stars are really convincing. Nick Kroll plays the arrogant creep far too over the top. And whoever has decided that Tiffany Haddish should be funny, so that she can now present her shrill-annoying way of "acting" in every US comedy, should be excluded from Hollywood forever.
Lil Rel Howery ("Get out") plays quite well, but that doesn't make the cabbage fat anymore. Uncle Drew" simply lacks charm, wit and convincing dramaturgy in too many places to even begin to offer more than extremely shallow average entertainment. That's quite nice here and there, but it can't leave any impression at all, so that you've already forgotten the movie again, even while the credits are still running. There's only one for that: Worth seeing with clear restrictions!
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