Celtic Pride

on April 19, 1996 by Dwayne E. Leslie
   The Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz pro basketball teams are about to play Game 7 of the 1995 NBA championships--after which the venerable Boston Gardens sports arena will be demolished. The only thing standing in the way of the dreams of Celtics fans is star Jazz player Lewis Scott (Damon Wayans). Although Lewis is good, his showboating and arrogance make him the most disliked person on the court. Through a not-so-minor miscalculation, two Celtics diehards (Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd) wake up game-day morning to find Lewis tied up in their apartment. Now they have an opportunity to alter the championship's outcome--if they can find a way to keep Lewis detained until the post-game.
   This Caravan/Hollywood Pictures effort wants to be funny, but it does nothing but double-dribble its actors' comic abilities, making "Celtic Pride" as boring and painful to sit through as a hometeam blowout. There aren't enough mishaps to keep audiences interested, and the hostage never seems to be in any real danger. The movie pokes fun at the obsessive nature of fanatics, but the exaggerated zeal displayed by Stern and Aykroyd makes their characters look ridiculous and even out of place. There is one comic "play o' the day," which comes when Stern and Aykroyd's characters are forced to root for the opposing team and must justify their actions to the Celtics boosters surrounding them. As for the rest of the movie, it deserves a second technical. Starring Damon Wayans, Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Tom De Cerchio. Written by Judd Apatow. Produced by Roger Birnbaum. A Buena Vista release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for language and an abundance of crude humor. Running time: 91 min
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