‘Sunset Park’

Mack Bates
(The Leader)

“Sunset Park” (1996, Rated R, 99 minutes) available from Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment

Stars: Rhea Perlman, Fredro Starr, Terrence Howard, Carol Kane, Camille Saviola, De’Aundre Bonds, James Harris, Guy Torry, Malinda Williams, Hattie Winston, and Vincent Pastore

Plot: A white woman (Perlman) who knows next-to-nothing about basketball agrees to take over the coaching duties for the all-black Sunset Park High School basketball team.

Features: Presented only in Full Screen, and Theatrical Trailers.

Final Word: Performances aside, the film doesn’t offer much of anything. That being said the film does feature some truly exciting game sequences and as previously mentioned?solid work from the ensemble cast as a whole. Perlman and Starr are particularly well matched and share a great rapport, and Howard whose stock rose considerably after his movie-stealing performance in The Best Man (1999) hints at the greatness that he’s capable of.

Rating: 2.5 briefs (out of 5)