Neither the basketball action nor the African scenery enlivens THE AIR UP THERE, a plodding comedy that retreads every cliche ever seen in sports and fish-out-of-water movies.
Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon), an assistant coach at St. Joseph's, journeys to Africa to recruit a young man he spotted playing basketball in the background of a video about the college's missionary work overseas. After taking an unsettling bus ride, being ridiculed by the natives, and finally
hitchhiking, Dolan finally reaches Winabi, the hometown of the player he seeks. The young man, Saleh (Charles Gitonga Maina), turns out to be the son of the tribal chief, who is grooming his son to suc...