White Men Can T Jump Film Analysis

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Media Analysis: White Men Can’t Jump Race is an issue that many members of society face today, in particular those in a minority of their communities. Things such as everyday life, can in itself be conducted by one's ‘race’. This problem has been around ever since the idea of race was created and has been a constant source of conflict in modern society. 1992 brought us a movie released with the title: White Men Can’t Jump, the movie addresses race issues in sports. This is a story of a white ex college basketball player Billy Hoyle, who ‘hustles’ black players that underestimate his skills on the streets. When he hustles Sidney Deane, Sidney seizes a lucrative opportunity, they become partners in Billys scam. This only leads to more problems …show more content…
The viewer can choose to accept the message or can choose to ignore it but the message is clear, race divides us. I believe that this movie starts a great discussion, one that has been going on for some time. The presentation of race issues on both sides of the problem showcases how the other side may react to these issues. It is not the first time race has been used for conflict in a movie but mixing race with sports can bring this issue to the everyday person, as most people tend to enjoy sports. This is proven by the box office statistics as the opening weekend White Men Can’t Jump was the number one movie throughout the two thousand theatres it was played in. The movie was also ranked sixteenth among all other movies throughout 1992. The popularity of the movie spreads a message, and demonstrates the real side of race which is entirely negative. Surprisingly, analysing the film rather than just watching it shows a whole new side in which the goal was clear. The writers wanted to show how race divided us as humans as if this was not the case Billy wouldn’t be able to hustle based off the fact that he's white. There would be no scenes of black men robbing stores so that they can bet the money on a basketball game, only to get caught by their friend who owns the store. Sidney wouldn’t be angry at Billy for playing Jimi Hendrix, and many more occurrences in the movie would have never happened. …show more content…
Now analysing it only makes me enjoy the film more. A movie which was released in 1992 has similar aspects of race issues as we do today, 26 years later this movie is still very in tune to how society functions today on account of race. So many factors are built into a strong film and this movie contains all of it. The movie contains complex relationships rooted in conflicts, a meaningful plot based in reality, and best of all contains an actual problem that needs to be solved. Only in my opinion the tension between Billy and Sidney is never truly fixed. From a cinematic standpoint, the movie is amazing. it is easy to see why race was chosen as the main focus of conflict in the movie, it was the most realistic to the modern person. Everyone has aspects of race affect their lives, this movie shows this side of race perfectly. From an anthropological standpoint this movie is also amazing. The different ways the movie portrays race is quite interesting and believe me that there is a lot if not tonnes of instances of race in the movie. Showcasing the negative effects of race affecting all communities of people. White Men Can’t Jump is one of my favorite movies and its use of the conflict within race shows a great knowledge for the problems created due to the creation

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