Critics' Corner

Hal Hinson - Style section,
"Clearly designed for die-hard basketball fans."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Creative equivalent of an air ball."

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'Celtic Pride'

Mike O'Hara and Jimmy Flaherty have been Boston Celtics fanatics since childhood. The Celtics are in the NBA Finals, a best-of-seven series, for the first time since the 1980s. But their opponents are the Utah Jazz, whose arrogant star, Lewis Scott, poses a threat to the fans' hopes. In Game 6, Scott snatches victory away from Boston's clutches. The fate of the world is down to the final game -- in Boston.

Mike and Jimmy get word that Scott is celebrating the victory at a local watering hole. Outraged, the fans rush to the bar where they hatch a goofy plan: pretend they're die-hard Jazz fans, get Scott drunk and waste him for the next game. They're very successful. Next morning, Mike and Jimmy decide to truss up the sleeping player and hold him until Game 7 is over. They're suddenly in a situation that looks a lot like kidnapping. -- Desson Howe
Rated Pg-13

Director: Tom DeCerchio
Cast: Daniel Stern; Dan Aykroyd;
Damon Wayans; Gail O'Grady
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Filmographies: Dan Aykroyd; Damon Wayans;
Daniel Stern