He Got Game #ABWD – GTGC #231

Welcome to another edition of your favorite film analysis podcast, the GenreCast from GoodTrash Media. We continue #ABWD with Denzel’s third collaboration with director Spike Lee, He Got Game. 

We find out that Denzel, well, He Got Game

He Got Game

It is important to note that collaboration is important to Denzel’s career. 18 movies in Denzel’s filmography come from the combined efforts of 5 directors—Edward Zwick, Tony Scott, Antoine Fuqua, Jonathan Demme and Spike Lee. He Got Game is the third film in the Lee and Washington lineup. It follows Mo Better Blues and Malcolm X. He Got Game is a look into the life of Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen). Jesus is an all-star high school basketball star. He is also the number one recruit in the nation.  Jake (Washington) is a convicted murderer, and the father of Jesus. They don’t have the best relationship. Jake is let out for a few days to persuade Jesus to sign with the Governor’s alma mater in exchange of a shortened sentence.

The gang have a good discussion in regards to He Got Game. Race, coding, exploitation of athletes and sports are all key topics of discussion. But, before they talk all of that analysis, they play a game. This week, the game is an examination of Athletes turned Actors. Each host highlights some of their favorite athletes to make the jump to Hollywood.

Once it is all said and done though, everyone decides whether He Got Game is trash, or deserving of a spot on the shelf.

So, get in the paint and drive it to the net. We don’t record any bricks here at the GenreCast.

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