The Great White Hype
Directed by: Reginald Hudlin.
Written by: Tony Hendra (screenplay), Ron Shelton (screenplay).
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Berg, Cheech Marin, Jamie Foxx, Damon Wayans.
Released: 1996.
MPAA Rating: R.
Length: 90 min.
Comedy, Sports.

Brief outline (no spoilers):
The boxing promoter Rev. Sultan (Jackson) searches for a new opponent for the champ James “the Grim Reaper” Roper (Wayans). He searches and finds the only man, Terry Conklin (Berg), who have beaten the champ, but that was in amateur boxing. Conklin is not a boxer anymore, but plays in a rock band. He convinces him to start training. Sultan sees great market potential in this new fight since it is a black man versus a white man. Then the hyping of this new opponent can begin.

Personal opinions
This movie is categorized as comedy, but it is not a “boing, you got hit in the head, haha” kind of movie. Everything in the movie is comedy in the sense of irony and sarcasm towards how today‚Äôs sports is driven by money and people behind the scenes. If you think it is difficult to understand and be entertained by irony and sarcasm it may be difficult to understand this movie.

It is a different movie from what Hollywood usually produces on the movie assembly line, and that is what makes it interesting to watch. Samuel L. Jackson is always funny to watch with his elaborate character.

Sometimes there is too little progress in the movie and it get a bit boring.

Bottom Line
It’s a different movie that has a lot of funny characters in it. The humor is twisted irony and not always the out bursting haha kind, but the silent grin a bit. For example the terrible overweight champ. It is watchable if you understand irony.
Rating: 6/10 (where 10 is the best).