Why White Men Can’t Jump is the best buddy movie ever

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My homeboys Squid, Muscle, and Breeze spend so much time at my place, I’m about to start charging them for rent. The other day we went to the theatre as a group to watch Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage. Why did I think they would go home after the movie?

In typical fashion, they all ended up in my living room eating pizza. As we were sitting around talking, Breeze chimed in with “The guy who played Cletus Kasady is a pretty good actor. What’s his name?”

This sent Muscle into a fit; he considers himself a know-it-all movie buff. “You don’t know the work of Woody Harrelson,” he exclaimed incredulously. “He was in one of the greatest sitcoms of all-time, Cheers, and his movie resume is too long for me to go through.”

Unfortunately, Muscle proceeded to lecture Breeze about his lack of movie knowledge for the next ten minutes. He concluded his speech with “…make sure you watch White Men Can’t Jump. It’s the greatest buddy movie of all-time!” Buddy movies feature tales centered around the relationship between two friends.

White Men Can’t Jump is the best film the genre has ever produced

Once I finally got those three knuckleheads out of my apartment, I began to consider Muscle’s proclamation. Is 1992’s White Men Can’t Jump, starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, the greatest buddy movie to ever hit the silver screen?

After careful consideration, the conclusion I came to is yes. Let’s take a look at why this story about everyday people who aspire to have a better life is the best film this unique genre has ever produced.

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