Above the Rim

Synopsis: Story of Kyle-Lee Watson, a promising high school basketball star, and his relationships with Birdie, a powerful drug dealer, and Birdie's brother, Thomas 'Shep' Sheppard, himself once a promising high school star at Kyle's school, now employed as a security guard.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Director(s): Jeff Pollack
Production: New Line Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

I need some competition out here.

Come on!

Am I that good, or you that bad?

Check me.

Do something.

Foul me. Come on.

It's rough being this good.

Come on. Come on.

Great point!

I am so good,

or maybe you so bad,

I just don't know

what the difference is.

Come on.


Get off me.

Get off me.

You want this?

Get off of me!

You a chump.

- F*** you, man.

- F*** me?

Do that now.

F*** that.


F*** that bullshit.


No-jumping motherf***er.

You can't jump.

I'm waiting.


I couldn't help but notice your pain.

- My pain?

- It runs deep.

Share it with me.

Welcome to my house, Montrose.

What's up?

You can't look at me?

When I come to your place,

will you introduce me to your girl?

Fight them Tigers, tried to dis

We all know your team ain't sh...

Our team is better

than your team

Our team is better

than your team

Our team is better

'cause we sing together

Our team is better than

Our team is better

than your team

Let's make it happen, n*ggers.

Our team is better

'cause we sing together

Our team is better than

- You crazy.

- All right, back the f*** up!

Back the f*** up!

Back the f*** up!

Come on.

Let's just play the game.

Call out the picks.

That was your man.


Go there! Go through!

Go through over there, man.

What's up, Mr. North Carolina?

What's up, baby?

Call time! Time!

Time-out! Time-out!

Hustle up. Hustle up.

Settle down.

Work the clock.

If Montrose gets you blocked up,

gets you stopped,

you give it up real quick.

Okay, guys? Let's do it.

Defense on 3.

Defense on 3.

1... 2... 3... Defense!


Use your team.

I got it handled, coach, all right?

Show it to me, then.

Let's go.

Come on!


One, one, one!

Yeah, boy.

You about to get another facial, chump.

Pass the ball!

Use the team!



He fouled me on my wrist.

How could you miss that?

There it is. There it is.

Your boy ain't sh*t.

Loco, do-dirty,

go get the ride right now.

Stupid! Listen to me!

Go get the f***ing ride.

Hurry up!

Got money to stand on.

What the f***'s with you here...

Did you hear what I said?

You still here?

Get the f*** out of here!

He's worried about losing

his spot on the team.

I'm telling you,

Kyle got mad game.

He's been hustling

since back in the day.

You got to use him, G.

What are you doing?

You telling me

how to run my business?

No. I'm just saying...

Shut up, n*gger.

You stupid.

Let's go.

We got money to stand on.

Yo, bring him by the club later,

all right?

- Word?

- Yeah.

All right, cool.

- Mr. Redd.

- Kyle.

Can you believe that last call?

You know it's against NCAA rules

for me to speak with you

without clearing it with your coach.

I won't tell if you won't tell.

It doesn't work that way, son.

Good night.

- Kyle, in the locker room.

- I'm coming.


- Game's over. Miss!

- What do you think you're doing?

- My job.

- Is that right?

- Hey, what's up, man?

- Damn.

Hey, Monroe...

this man just made me miss Kyle.

Shep is kind of new around here.

Like wet behind the ears.

Don't worry.

I'll straighten him out.

Could you give him

this note for me?

Why don't you wait around?

I'm supposed to be

on my shift right now.

Thank you. Good night.

That is, if I'm allowed to leave now.

Man, sure got a way with women.

Wet behind the ears?

What's that supposed to mean?

I don't think it's funny.

Get some sleep.

We'll talk about it tomorrow.

Good night, David.

You got nothing to be ashamed of.

Games like this happen.

What happened is Baby Jordan

fronted on the whole team.

Come on, guys.

Lighten up.

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Barry Michael Cooper

Barry Michael Cooper is an American writer, producer and director best known for his work on the films New Jack City, Above the Rim and Sugar Hill.Cooper's writing career began when he penned the 1987 Village Voice article, Teddy Riley's New Jack Swing. This brought him to the attention producer Quincy Jones who hired him to rewrite a screenplay which later became the basis of New Jack City. more…

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