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Airborne

Genre: Drama, Sports; Starring: Seth Green, Shane McDermott, Jack Black, Edie McClurg; Director: Rob Bowman; MPAA Rating: PG

Lame attempts to cash in on the latest nifty teen sport or dance craze are part of a time-demeaned Hollywood tradition. You’d think that 1991’s awful Prayer of the Rollerboys would have taught somebody a lesson, but no: Now we get Airborne, a more down-to-earth examination of rollerblading. High production values and a moderately appealing cast do nothing to ameliorate the tedium. The hero’s an L.A. surfer transplanted to Cincinnati, and his blading abilities eventually win the hearts of — oh, do I really have to go on? The sappy concoction concludes with a genuinely impressive race sequence, but it’s not worth the wait. D

Originally posted March 11 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

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