The Sixth Man

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Sports

Unlike his more arrogant brothers, Damon and Keenen Ivory, Marlon Wayans actually manages to be both a genuinely funny screen comedian and a plausible romantic lead. His emergence as both provides an interesting subtext to this amiable sports comedy, which means to teach lessons about sibling rivalry and perhaps comfort a black community beset by the premature...read more

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Unlike his more arrogant brothers, Damon and Keenen Ivory, Marlon Wayans actually manages to be both a genuinely funny screen comedian and a plausible romantic lead. His emergence as both provides an interesting subtext to this amiable sports comedy,

which means to teach lessons about sibling rivalry and perhaps comfort a black community beset by the premature deaths of its young men. Swiping the basic story and sentimental approach of ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD and appropriating some of the special effects of THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, the picture

starts out with the death of aggressive college basketball player Antoine (a miscast Kadeem Hardison). His more laid-back little brother Kenny (Wayans) falters on the court until he's helped -- and then, of course, held back -- by his brother's ghost. This central relationship is poorly

established, and the picture is repetitive and overlong. But it's also relatively low-key, and features a few funny TOPPER-type scenes for its star who, amusingly enough, has left his brothers behind without actually having to lose them.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Unlike his more arrogant brothers, Damon and Keenen Ivory, Marlon Wayans actually manages to be both a genuinely funny screen comedian and a plausible romantic lead. His emergence as both provides an interesting subtext to this amiable sports comedy, whic… (more)

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