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Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | Video 20 June 1995
Ernest P. Worrell becomes a basketball star after an angel bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives him a pair of magic sneakers.

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John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest P. Worrell
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Barry Worth
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... The Archangel of Basketball
Colin Lawrence ... Tommy T.
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... T.J. (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
Lester Barrie ... Willie
Richard Leacock ... Walter
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Zamiel Moloch
Stevie Vallance Stevie Vallance ... Ms. Erma Terradiddle (as Louise Vallance)
Aaron Joseph Aaron Joseph ... Quincy Worth, Barry's Son
Douglas Newell Douglas Newell ... Sarge, the Head Guard of Mall
Henry O. Watson Henry O. Watson ... Mr. Ellis, the Mall Chief
Lossen Chambers ... Dr. Love, the Sport Radio Woman
Charles Andrew Payne ... Opponent 1 (as Charles Payne)
Brenda Crichlow ... Jackie
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Ernest P. Worrell becomes a basketball star after an angel bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives him a pair of magic sneakers. Written by Anonymous

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Dunks...Deceptions, Good...Evil, Long shots...Limos, It's not about winning... It's about having fun See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slam Dunk Ernest See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Along with Mr Bean and Pee wee Herman, Ernest P Worrell is considered to be one of the greatest family entertainers of all time. See more »

Goofs

The sign in the back of the stadium clearly states "Alberta", a province in Canada. See more »

Quotes

Barry Worth: Listen, I made a mistake, all right? I could have played college ball, and I could have gone pro. Listen to me when I'm talkin' to you. But I messed up. I dropped out of school, and I didn't get an education and that was it.
Quincy Worth, Barry's Son: So because you messed up, I can't get the shoes?
Barry Worth: No. No. Because I messed up, you can't mess up. Thinkin' you need things you don't. You're listenin' to the wrong people, son. Well, when you're older, you'll understand.
Quincy Worth, Barry's Son: When I'm older, I'll end up just like you.
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Follows Ernest Goes to Camp (1987) See more »

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Hardly high-scoring
9 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Like what was said with 'Ernest Goes to School', just need to make things clear about not being a detractor of the character of Ernest or his films. Actually consider most of the films imperfect but fun in a guilty pleasure sort of way.

However, even when judging it for what it was meant to be and being more than willing to go against the grain and defend it like with most of the previous outings, 'Slam Dunk Ernest' is to me one of the weaker 'Ernest' films. Not terrible and there are far worse films out there, but to me the series lost its charm and lost steam in the 90s and when it went straight to video rather than released theatrically.

'Slam Dunk Ernest' does have its good qualities. The best things about it are the music and Jim Varney. The music is full of rocking energy and affectionate nostalgia and really adds a great deal to the action in the film. It's hard still not to relate to Ernest, the sort of character that is a well-intended serial bumbler with a well-meaning big strong heart but always finding himself messing up without intention.

Varney is fun and likable in the role, to me there is enough freshness in the interpretation to not make it too tired or endless mugging and his performance does give the film much needed energy. Some of the dialogue while not exactly sophisticated is funny and there are a few scenes that raise a laugh. One does see glimpses of the fun and danger of the sport of basketball, and the moral does give the film some heart.

On the other hand, too much of the humour doesn't work this time, with it having a recycled feel, being crudely puerile and, even for an 'Ernest' film but here turned up maximum notches, is incredibly childish. Other than Varney, the acting is poor, with a mix of non-trying and being annoying.

Unfortunately the story and pacing are done in a way that doesn't make the above forgivable. The story is wafer thin and contrived, with a muddled, clumsily written subplot that feels out of place within the film. Too often it doesn't know what to do with itself, cueing some aimless stretches and pacing that begged for a steroid shot. The sentimentality also gets too much, and the whole film looks cheap and ineptly directed and choreographed.

In conclusion, not terrible but really isn't one of the better 'Ernest' films. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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