Uncle Drew

Rated 2.0

A street-basketball manager (Lil Rel Howery) loses his team to a hated rival (Nick Kroll), so in desperation he turns to legendary old-timer Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving) and his long-ago teammates (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson), who show that there’s life (and game) in the old boys yet. The message is undercut by the fact that they’re all decades younger than the movie says they are, and under the amateurish old-age makeup, they aren’t actors enough to make it work. Still, on the court they’re a lot of fun in a Harlem Globetrotters kind of way, and the ending of course is never in doubt. Written by Jay Longino and directed by Charles Stone III, the movie is shambling and awkward between games, but everybody’s likeable and ingratiating if you in the mood for that sort of thing.