Hoopin’ It Up in This ‘Uncle Drew’ Trailer
Welcome to the trailer for Uncle Drew, in which former and current NBA players show us what they look in old-age makeup.
Based on the popular Pepsi commercials, NBA all-star Kyrie Irving plays the titular character, who is coaxed into hitting the streetball courts again but will only do it if he can play with his old basketball pals.
Here’s the official synopsis:
After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (LilRel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.
Watch the trailer above!
Three things this trailer has going for it right off the bat. First, there’s Shaquille O’Neal, who definitely looks like Wolverine with the mutton chops, along with the rest of the former NBA and WNBA stars who look like they are having a blast.
Then we’ve got Tiffany Haddish, who looks to make a cameo. She’s one of the hottest comedic talents coming up since stealing the show in last year’s Girls Trip, so her inclusion might make it worth a view.
Finally, there’s LilRel Howery. The Chicago-based stand-up comedian has been hilarious on TV, particularly in The Carmichael Show, but it was his turn in Get Out that got my attention. It’s really his performance that labeled the film a “comedy” for the Golden Globes, even though it clearly is not a comedy. Sure, writer/director Jordan Peele not-so-subtly pokes fun at social norms in a rather twisted way, but laugh riot is not how I would categorize Get Out. Howery, however, does give us some nice comic relief, playing Daniel Kaluuya’s best friend and hardcore TSA agent. Howery also delivers one of the film’s best lines in the movie after saving the day: “I’m TS-motherf**kin’-A. We handle sh*t. That’s what we do. Consider this situation f**kin’ handled.”
So, yeah, Uncle Drew could be fun with Howery (and Nick Kroll, for that matter) – but I’ll have to hold my opinion on the basketball stars’ and their acting abilities until I see it.
Uncle Drew dribbles into theaters June 29.