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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WT4W4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The cinematography, the writing, the acting.
M. Kaplan
I gave it two stars for Varney's performance because he always put his heart and soul into the Ernest character, but not even that could redeem this mess of a film.
Lt. Brannigan
All of the Ernest movies are awesome and my grandson loves to watch them over and over again.
maynard

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Rogers on August 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I found the magic sneeakers plot very stupid. I'm sorry Jim (may you rest in peace), but this one was one I looked forward too and it was a let down. But I'l still watch it, just because it's an Ernest movie. Sorry Mr./Mrs. barb@favorites.com, but in case you haven't heard, Jim Varney died earlier this year. I know it's sad, I'm still mourning over it. Maybe the people who made the Ernest movies will come to their senses and rerelease the Ernest movies in his memory. Or maybe he finished Ernest the Pirate before he died and release that.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sir Bowen on September 4, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I'm a bona-fide Ernest fan. But if I had seen this movie first, I probably would never have seen another Ernest movie. It's just not funny. Jim Varney's talents are wasted, and nobody else in this movie had any talent to begin with.
For those looking for great Ernest, check out "Ernest Rides Again", "Ernest Goes to Camp" or "Ernest Goes to Jail."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GameraRocks on July 14, 2006
Format: DVD
Indeed, this is not the best Ernest film that has ever been created, but it is still an Ernest film. Once again, Jim Varney plays Ernest, the clumsey man who has all the good intentions in the world and saves the day in the end. It's funny, you never picture Ernest as a basketball player and this movie proved that he isn't lol! The movie, as in his previous films, has good heart. If you are a fan of Ernest, you should at least check this film out. I'm not recommending that you buy it just yet. Compared to some of his other movies, the movie doesn't compare to greats such as Ernest Goes to Jail. Still, I can't help but feel a little sad now that Jim has passed and we no longer have Ernest to save the day. It was a great legacy, and the character is portrayed very weil in this film. The story is sadly just not much to work with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lt. Brannigan on February 11, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I gave it two stars for Varney's performance because he always put his heart and soul into the Ernest character, but not even that could redeem this mess of a film.

There are two styles of comedy going on here and they don't mesh together real well. First you have the Ernest character who is a comedy gem all by himself and needs no enhancing, then you have the fantasy element of the Arch-Angel of Basketball giving Ernest the "Magic Sneakers".

The best part of the movie was Ernest's early interactions with the other guys on his clean-up crew and his attempts to be one of the guys. Instead of solving things with sneakers they should have have had a series of scenes with Kareem Abdul Jabaar as a sympathetic gym owner or even a janitor teaching Ernest how to play ball, now that would have been hilarious.

This is only a must have if you want to get them all, otherwise just get "Scared Stupid" and "Goes To Jail".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darian Dennison on January 23, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Slam Dunk Ernest isn't that good, it's a total disapointment compared the Ernest Saves Christmas and Ernest Goes to Jail (my favorite Ernest movie). But it does have some funny parts but the bad parts are when Ernest's girlfriend doesn't turn out the way she seems and when the basketball players are mean to Ernest. Only recommended to diehard Ernest fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 13, 2011
Format: DVD
"Slam Dunk Ernest" is a tour de force comic performance from Jim Varney as his alter ego, Ernest P. Worrell, who has always dreamed of playing on a basketball team. Can your heart stand the pathos? Can your ribs stand the comedy? The film will fare well with young boys and dedicated Varney fans; also with Martians, single-celled organisms, fans of the Charlotte Hornets, and fans of mid-1990s Canadian cinema. Of course the plot is an excuse for Varney physical humor, and features extensive clumsiness and facial gestures (You know what I mean?) among the subplots about the temptations of money, fame, and women. Please don't miss Ernest's conversations with a mop, and (shudder) especially his own private fashion show. (This must be seen to be believed.)

Because Ernest is inherently inept at sports, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar enters as the Archangel of Basketball in a role you will not soon forget. His presence made the film not exactly worthwhile, but somehow vastly more amusing for reasons I can't completely understand. Kareem gives Ernest magic shoes, but warns Ernest not to use the shoes for evil...but does Ernest listen? Take a gander at his entry into the game versus the Hornets in a carriage fit for Louis XVI and you'll have your answer. (An aside: I'm not a sports fan, but is a ping pong paddle legal in regulation basketball play? Just checking.) In the end Ernest learns valuable lessons about teamwork and friendship, and allows team captain Barry (Cylk Cozart, the best actor present by a long shot) to go to the NBA instead of him in a selfless act: don't miss the triumphant final nail-biting shot of the game. Bet you can't guess who wins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Definitely the worst ernest movie i've ever seen- Very dissappionting- my family loves ernest movies- but this one is really bad. It doesn't reflect on or do justice to the earlier movies and the actors are terrible.

Definitely watch "Rides Again", "Goes to Jail", Saves Christmas", "Goes to Camp"
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