Video Review

Blue Chips (1994)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Drama, Sports; With: Mary McDonnell and Nick Nolte

Too many sports movies talk down to fans, using the game as window dressing for a bland story line. But William Friedkin's Blue Chips, about the seedy underbelly of college hoops, is an exception — a basketball film with street cred. Nick Nolte plays the hot-tempered Bobby Knight-like coach who caves in to pressure to recruit top players by buying them. And while his gut-wrenching ethical gymnastics will keep nonfans interested, jocks will delight in the movie's quick-cutting game sequences (which play perfectly on the small screen) and its cast of real-life b-ball stars, such as Shaq, Anfernee Hardaway, and Larry Bird. B+

Originally posted Aug 19, 1994 Published in issue #236 Aug 19, 1994 Order article reprints