Ananth Pandian has a beard, two little dogs and owns too many esoteric basketball related t-shirts. He lives in Boston and he’s addicted to the NBA and chap-stick.
Who doesn’t love a good movie? Whether we’re trying to eat a gallon of popcorn at the theater just to get a free refill or testing the limits of our home speakers, movies take us out of the present and in to another reality, if only for a few hours. Likely due to the lockout, NBA TV is trying to cash in on the allure of movies by debuting Courtside Cinema.
And while NBA TV’s Courtside Cinema lineup of “Space Jam,” “One on One” and “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh” are great movies that I could enjoy with my bros but wifey ain’t gonna curl up on the couch with me to watch any of ‘em. With that in mind, here are three romantic comedies that can help us get our basketball fix during the lockout while keeping your significant other happy.
Forget Paris (1995) – An oldie but a goodie, “Forget Paris” was written, directed and starred in by Billy Crystal. He has not been in that many movies recently, but during the 80’s and 90’s, he was doing big things. If you’re a big Larry David fan, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that their comedy is very similar. I first watched this movie more than 10 years ago and recently re-watched it with wifey (Netflix Instant!) and urge you to do the same.
Plot: Crystal is a NBA referee who goes to France for his father’s funeral and ends up meeting the woman of his dreams. After a brief courtship, they end up getting married. There are some great mid-90s NBA cameos and many players have speaking roles; look for appearances from “Thunder” Dan Majerle, Spud Webb, Charles Oakley (!) and, of course, Kurt Rambis, who makes a great glasses joke.
Mickey: You’re out of here, Jabbar!
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Are you nuts? It’s my farewell game.
Mickey: Well then, let me be the first to say farewell.
For your girl: Paris (the City of Love!), relationships are looked at from a woman’s and man’s point of view, mid-90s fashion to ridicule.
For you: Amazing NBA cameos, a funny masturbation scene, the actresses who play NBA cheerleaders.