Before Robert Downey Jr became an action star, Ben Stiller went back to comedy, Elijah Wood was Frodo and Mike Tyson became a comedian, ex Knick/Heat player Allan Houston did what very few basketball players have ever tried to do which is play a serious character in a drama called Black and White. Granted, he does play a basketball player but props to him for not having to do one line at a time (MJ) or appear just for comic relief (Shaq).
James Toback’s film is a mess with a huge talented cast and some really intense scenes but overall there’s just one too many silly storylines going around and the only one that really interested me was the basketball player (Houston) willing to shave points for a childhood friend/boomaker (Ben Stiller)
If you don’t care about spoilers, read the next paragraph to hear more about Houston and Stiller’s storyline
Dean (Allan Houston) is a talented college basketball player and Rich’s friend since childhood who is offered a deal by a bookmaker, Mark (Ben Stiller) to throw a few games for a price. Dean takes the money against his better judgment, and he soon realizes how much of a mistake he made when Mark turns out to be a cop hoping to dig up dirt on Rich. Rich in turn discovers that Dean might be forced to tell what he knows to stay out of jail, and he decides that Dean has to be killed; however, rather than murder his friend himself, Rich asks one of the white kids who hangs out with him, who seems especially eager to prove himself, to do it for him. The kid, however, is actually the son of the District Attorney.
Check it out if you ever come across it and in the meantime check out some old Allan Houston clips
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