Video Review

Slam Dunk Ernest

MPAA Rating: PG
EW's GRADE
D

Details Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Comedy; With: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Varney

Jim Varney's seventh romp as Southern-fried peabrain Ernest P. Worrell hits a new low in stupidity — and a new high in schmaltz. Our hero is stuck on the bench in a basketball league until an archangel (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) gives him magical sneakers that enable Ernest to sky even higher than Air Jordan. Building to the obligatory Big Game, the moronic Slam Dunk Ernest, a direct-to-video comedy, makes a show of sending kids a message (shoes don't win games, teamwork does). But what it's mostly about is Varney making his goofy faces in front of a fish-eye lens. D

Originally posted Jun 16, 1995 Published in issue #279 Jun 16, 1995 Order article reprints