Nice try, but `Crossover' is no slam dunk

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September 01, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Crossover's got game, not to mention the best of intentions. But it's too clunky by half, with characters who bounce way too quickly from one emotion to the next, dialogue that must have looked better on the page than it sounds coming out of the actors' mouths, and a desperate need to show off its street cred that sometimes threatens to make the film a parody of itself.

Anthony Mackie (She Hate Me) and Wesley Jonathan (TV's What I Like About You) are Tech and Cruise, best buds who have become stars on the Detroit basketball scene. Cruise has parlayed his skills on the court into a basketball scholarship at UCLA, where he plans on going pre-med and becoming a doctor, while Tech is struggling to get his GED and finally get some direction in his life.

Crossover (Sony) Starring Wayne Brady, Anthony Mackie, Wesley Jonathan. Written and directed by Preston A. Whitmore II. Rated PG-13. Time 95 minutes.

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