Today (4/5/23) marks the official release of the movie ‘AIR‘ and the date is no coincidence as Michael Jordan wore both numbers 45 and 23 during his professional athletic career.

Michael Jordan wearing number 23 jersey

The movie follows Sonny Vaccaro, a Nike shoe salesman played by Matt Damon who pursues a promising rookie basketball player (Michael Jordan) to sign an endorsement agreement with the brand. Directed and co-starred by Ben Affleck, ‘AIR‘ features an all-star cast that also includes Viola Davis, Chris Tucker, Jason Bateman, and Marlon Wayans.

Watch the trailer for AIR here:

I had the opportunity to welcome an enthusiastic group of Las Vegas movie-goers (including Jammin’ 105.7’s own DJ Thump and Taya) to the AMC Town Square 18 & IMAX last night as I hosted an advance screening of the movie for Amazon Studios.

AIR Lightbulb Sign

After a few minutes of intense trivia questions like “name the 1996 movie Michael Jordan starred in”, prize giveaways, and jokes made at other people’s expense (shout-out to “Bathroom Birthday Girl”) the lights went down and we were treated to what I expect will go down as one of the best movies of 2023.

No spoilers other than to say the audience response was incredibly positive. There was much more comedy and laughter throughout the movie than I had expected. Lastly, I have to acknowledge the soundtrack. Ben Affleck reportedly chose all of the music himself rather than rely on a Music Supervisor.

The movie takes place in the 80’s which many consider to be the greatest decade of music and AIR hits you with an awesome collection of songs from the era. I couldn’t help notice that a few of my favorite songs heard in the movie were not found on the soundtrack list so I added them to my playlist down below:

Whether you are a Michael Jordan fan or not, this movie pulls you in and entertains the whole way through. I highly recommend.

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  • Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody

  • RUN DMC - My Adidas

  • Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

  • George Clinton - Atomic Dog

  • Zapp - Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)

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