Slam Dunk Double Feature: Celtic Pride/The 6th Man [DVD]

Two basketball-themed comedies are featured in this two-disc set. Celtic Pride (1996), directed by Tom DeCerchio and co-written by Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn, stars Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern as friends and superfans of the Boston Celtics, who kidnap the star player of the Utah Jazz, Lewis Scott (Damon Wayans), on the night before a game between the Celtics and Jazz to determine the NBA champion. In the fantasy film The Sixth Man, star basketball player Kenny Tyler (Marlon Wayans) navigates his life and budding career, with the help of the ghost of his recently deceased brother and teammate, Antoine (Kadeem Hardison). David Paymer (Quiz Show, Get Shorty) co-stars as Coach Pederson.
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The 6th Man
This sports comedy from Class Act (1992) and Houseguest (1995) director Randall Miller stars Kadeem Hardison and Marlon Wayans as basketball-playing brothers. The Tylers have been dreaming of stardom on the court since childhood. Now that they are the top players for the Washington Huskies, Antoine (Haridson) has become the more flamboyant and attention-getting of the pair. While Kenny (Wayans) is also a talented athlete, he lacks the self-confidence to become a star like his brother. When Antoine suffers a fatal heart attack during play, Kenny is grief-stricken, and the team's chances of making it through the Pac-10 to the NCAA finals become seriously diminished. Luckily, Antoine's ghost returns to give the Huskies a helping hand by blocking shots, tipping the ball through the hoop, tripping opposing team members, and even giving players a supernatural lift on their way to the basket. Only Kenny can see his brother's spirit, but a beautiful school newspaper reporter, R.C. (Michael Michele) suspects the truth. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Celtic Pride
Two basketball fans, whose enthusiasm overwhelms their intelligence, come up with a new but legally problematic way of helping their favorite team in this comedy. Physical education instructor Mike O'Hara (Daniel Stern) and plumber Jimmy Flaherty (Dan Aykroyd) are close friends and obsessive followers of the Boston Celtics; to them, the Celtics are everything, to the point where Mike's marriage is falling apart because his wife can't deal with his mood swings, hinged as they are on the Celtic's fortunes. One night, with the Celtics and the Utah Jazz tied at three games each in the NBA championships, Mike and Jimmy spot Lewis Scott (Damon Wayans) in a sports bar. The star player with the Jazz, Lewis is known to sink up to 50 shots a game, and his talent on the court is exceeded only by his arrogance. Emboldened by alcohol, Mike and Jimmy start buying Lewis drinks, posing as Jazz fans; the next morning, they wake up hung over to discover that they kidnapped Lewis while drunk, and he's tied to a chair in Jimmy's living room. Neither of them planned on doing anything like this and at first they think they ought to let him go. But then again, if Lewis can't play the final game of the championship series, the Celtics chances look a lot brighter. Former Celtics star Larry Bird has a cameo as himself; as do sports heroes Bill Walton and Deion Sanders. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Marlon Wayans
    Marlon Wayans - Kenny Tyler
  • Kadeem Hardison
    Kadeem Hardison - Antoine Tyler
  • David Paymer
    David Paymer - Coach Pederson
  • Michael Michele
    Michael Michele - R.C. St. John
  • Kevin Dunn
    Kevin Dunn - Mikulski
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