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Bad As I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  8 February 1998 (USA)
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Biography of Chicago Bulls' basketball star Dennis Rodman, who is well known for his off-court and on-court shenanigans takes great effort to paint the calm, decent side of the athlete despite the film title. Dennis is shown to be pushed by his momma to play pro ball and to go to college where he would get the opportunity. Shipped to Oklahoma where he faces racism, he is taken in by a white family and coached by Lonn Reisman. The movie finally tracks Rodman into his wild, multi-haired current lifestyle. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Laughably bad acting, directing, and production values. Story is okay.
23 October 2005 | by (Emerald Hills, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

Oh this movie is bad. Real bad. I can't explain the number of ways in which it stinks. I'll point out the highlights of it's awfulness.

1. The re-creations of the NBA games, uniforms, and stadiums are hilarious. The jerseys look like they came straight from the screen printers, and the basketball clips shows Rodman scoring like Jordan.

2. Both of his mothers take the word over-acting to new levels. His black mom in Dallas and white mom in Durant appear to be reading the lines from the cue cards.

3. The intermissions where Dennis explains his feelings about the situations often involve mirrors; maybe they are supposed to be cool, but I found them to be annoying. They also seemed to point out that he approved this version of the story.

But, there were a few intriguing story lines. Oklahoma can be rough for minorities, and I believe that he did befriend a family and spend a lot of time at the family ranch. The Madonna story was plausible and genuine. The brief interview with the psychiatrist was surprisingly entertaining.

However, this was a train wreck of a film, I would prefer to read something about him later.

3/10


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