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Blu-ray Review - The 6th Man

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There was a moment in the mid-1990s where basketball pictures were all the rage (likely ignited by the sleeper success of 1992's "White Men Can't Jump"), with Disney especially determined to create their own comedy blockbuster with help from college and professional basketball. There was "Eddie" and "Celtic Pride," but the worst of the bunch was 1997's "The 6th Man," a film that has the bright idea to merge comedy and death, trying to create laughs in the shadow of some rather mean-spirited behavior and brutal reminders of mortality. "The 6th Man" is clueless, but it does have confidence, with director Randall Miller (who recently served time in prison due to his participation in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones) committing to everything the screenplay by Christopher Reed and Cynthia Carle dreams up, failing to recognize that the material is largely devoid of appeal, sensitivity, and laughs. But there's plenty of basketball and NCAA atmosphere, with the production trying to work itself into a sports movie lather as it deals with DOA material.  Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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