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Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | Video 20 June 1995
Ernest P. Worrell becomes a basketball star after an angel bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives him a pair of magic sneakers.

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John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest P. Worrell
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Barry Worth
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... The Archangel of Basketball
Colin Lawrence ... Tommy T.
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... T.J. (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
Lester Barrie ... Willie
Richard Leacock ... Walter
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Zamiel Moloch
Stevie Vallance Stevie Vallance ... Ms. Erma Terradiddle (as Louise Vallance)
Aaron Joseph Aaron Joseph ... Quincy Worth, Barry's Son
Douglas Newell Douglas Newell ... Sarge, the Head Guard of Mall
Henry O. Watson Henry O. Watson ... Mr. Ellis, the Mall Chief
Lossen Chambers ... Dr. Love, the Sport Radio Woman
Charles Andrew Payne ... Opponent 1 (as Charles Payne)
Brenda Crichlow ... Jackie
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Ernest P. Worrell becomes a basketball star after an angel bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives him a pair of magic sneakers. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slam Dunk Ernest See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This Ernest film has been on DVD four times. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released it on August 5, 2003. Lions Gate Entertainment re-released it on March 23, 2007. Disney released it on February 10, 2008 as part of the "Ernest 2-Movie Collection" along with Ernest Goes to Jail (1990). Image Entertainment re-released it on June 5, 2012 as part of "Ernest's Wacky Adventures Volume 2" along with Ernest Goes to Africa (1997), Ernest Goes to School (1994) and Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album (1983). See more »

Goofs

The sign in the back of the stadium clearly states "Alberta", a province in Canada. See more »

Quotes

Barry Worth: Listen, I made a mistake, all right? I could have played college ball, and I could have gone pro. Listen to me when I'm talkin' to you. But I messed up. I dropped out of school, and I didn't get an education and that was it.
Quincy Worth, Barry's Son: So because you messed up, I can't get the shoes?
Barry Worth: No. No. Because I messed up, you can't mess up. Thinkin' you need things you don't. You're listenin' to the wrong people, son. Well, when you're older, you'll understand.
Quincy Worth, Barry's Son: When I'm older, I'll end up just like you.
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Follows Ernest Goes to Camp (1987) See more »

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Ernest Is Funny, But The Movie As A Whole Fails To Score
27 January 2000 | by LL-9See all my reviews

Jim Varney IS funny in this film -- assuming you enjoy the sort of absurd slapstick that lies at the center of every Ernest movie. The problem is, whenever the camera wanders away from Varney's rubber-faced goofing, the movie starts to wander as well.

The supporting cast does what it can (the men who play Ernest's after-work basketball teammates do especially well), but the story wanders, and the pacing is very slow at times. It's too "talky" at times to attract a kid audience, but not complex enough to hold an adult audience whenever the comedy quiets down. And there's the problem: the comedy quiets down too often, and when it does, the movie seems unsure of what it wants to do with itself. There's a cameo by Kareem Abdul Jabbar (an actor he is NOT!) and a rather bizarre about-face by the main female supporting character, which is never adequately explained, even by comedy-film standards.

In the end, Varney's antics as the lovable goofball with the heart of gold and the brain of lead save this movie from being a complete washout -- but it's really no thanks to the script.

In conclusion: Varney is still the best thing to happen to "lovable idiot" comedy since Lou Costello, but he succeeds in spite of this movie, not because of it. Better to rent "Ernest Goes To Jail" or one of the other early Ernest films, if you want to see just how much fun an Ernest movie can be.


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