Parents' Guide to

Space Jam

By David Gurney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

'90s live-action-animation mix has some cartoon violence.

Movie PG 1996 88 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 10+

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Too much swearing
age 7+

Feels like an extended nonsensical commercial

Nope...a whole big bag full of nope. This film has a razor thin nonsensical plot and the performance of the Looney Tunes seem to be out of character. The film for the first 30 minutes feels like a long commercial for Air Jordans. It feels like a waste of Wayne Knight and ultimately it is 90 minutes of my life that I will never get back. And the sexualized and silly depiction of Lola Bunny...geez, that has not aged well. Overall, I think that the basketball players and Murray are ok, but it felt like a violent, nonsensical, money grab.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20):
Kids say (53):

This movie does little to revive the Looney Tunes characters, who pretty much stick to their tried and true (and violent) antics, even in a new setting. As for Jordan, his athletic prowess need not be proven, but the mix of animation in the basketball sequences tends to trivialize his abilities. With cartoon characters bouncing around every which way and easily slam-dunking the ball, Jordan's acrobatics seem minor in comparison.

While the film fails on many counts to best utilize the characters at its disposal, it's still likely to impress younger viewers, especially those without any sentimental attachment to the original Looney Tunes cartoons. By standing up against their potential slave masters, the Tunes' efforts are admirable, so the overall message is fairly positive. Jokes about merchandising and Jordan's ill-fated baseball career are thrown in for the older folks.

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