By People Staff
May 06, 1996 12:00 PM

Damon Wayans, Dan Aykroyd, Daniel Stern

The flimsy pretext for this feckless basketball comedy is the primitive zeal of many Boston Celtics fans. The film is set during the 1994-95 season, the last in which the Celtics played their home games at the quaintly run-down Boston Garden. Aykroyd and Stern are rabid Celtic partisans who kidnap Wayans, the ego-consumed star of the Utah Jazz, the team the Celtics face in the NBA finals. Beyond the basic joke of turning adult fans into wild-eyed buffoons, there is little wit in Celtic Pride. And the basketball itself is amateurish. Writer Judd Apatow and director Tom DeCerchio succumb to the Hollywood weakness of treating the dunk as basketball’s quintessential play. For lovers of the sport, the least competitive, least artful NBA game would be more entertaining. (PG-13)

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