Uncle Drew Movie Review
It became evident very early on that I’m not in the target market for Uncle Drew. For one, I don’t like basketball. Second, I find bad old person makeup offensive. Third, I like to laugh when watching comedies.
Uncle Drew is based on a Pepsi Max commercial, which is pretty much all you need to know about this stale, unfunny comedy.
Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving plays the title character, an old street basketball player who is recruited by street ball coach Dax (Lil Rey Howery) to revive his bankrupt team and defeat his arch nemesis Mookie. In turn, Uncle Drew travels around the country to reunite his old friends to help (played by Shaq, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson and Lisa Leslie, all masked under hideous old-person prosthetics).
Lil Rey Howery made a name for himself as the hilarious TSA friend in Get Out, but despite playing essentially the same character here, his greatest accomplishment in Uncle Drew is proving how much better written Get Out was. Though you can tell Howery is trying, most if not all of his jokes fall flat—and in fact, he’s pretty damn irritating throughout.
At least irritating evokes some kind of emotion.
The rest of Uncle Drew involves generic jokes and a predictable sports plot that is about as amusing as watching a Pepsi Max commercial 200 times in a row. The movie boasts some decent basketball sequences, but everything else is so ho-hum you just won’t care.
Uncle Drew may be inoffensive, but that’s part of the problem. Bland, unfunny and trying, this one is pretty much an airball.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.