Celtic Pride (1996) 2.07/5 (2)


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Rating: The Ugly – 60.3
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 91 mins
Director: Tom DeCerchio
Stars: Damon Wayans, Daniel Stern, Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern play two Boston sports fanatics who kidnap the Utah Jazz’s prima donna star player (Damon Wayans) in order to get their Celtics through a play-off series with the Jazz. It’s a great premise and although it could’ve been exploited better by a young Judd Apatow, there are some nice moments that stem from it. Of course, the film will speak to you on a whole other level if you’re a sports fan with a tendency to get a bit nuts about your team as it will affectionately reminds you of your more charming idiosyncratic self. Wayans yet again plays the egotistical sports superstar (The Last Boy Scout and The Great White Hype) but in truth, it was the one role he seemed to get right every time and this time round is no different (though Celtic Pride is certainly the weakest of the three films. Stern and Aykroyd make a decent double act despite many of the jokes falling flat on their face. More than anything, it’s the scenario that wins out here and it fittingly builds up to a unique and memorable finale which more than does justice to the premise.

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