Space Jam

Movie review by
David Gurney, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Live-action/animation mix is good fun for kids.
  • PG
  • 1996
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Cartoon violence.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Mild.

Consumerism

Jokes about merchandising.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A special liquid formula is given to the Looney Tunes to increase their basketball skills, but it is shown to really be water having only a placebo effect.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Space Jam has some cartoon violence. The film is likely to impress younger viewers, even those without any sentimental attachment to the original Looney Tunes cartoons. The characters assemble a basketball team, including Michael Jordan as a member, to defeat a group of aliens who want to enslave them. 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, but ultimately, this film will likely fail to hold the attention of many people over the age of 12.

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Adult Written byBleh B. April 13, 2018

Space Jam: A Theatrical Masterpiece

How is a comedic, animated film with cartoon characters able to bring in such a large cult following? The answer lies within our own minds. Still, don't un... Continue reading
Adult Written byColosso Thunderman April 11, 2020

Space Jam Racism

In the part where Michael and his chubby friend are in baseball practice, his chubby friend asks if he has a chance, and Michael says no. Then his friend says:... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymarianna.toney April 26, 2020
Teen, 16 years old Written byisoto7491 April 23, 2020

Out of This World !

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Movie Title: Space Jam
Rating: PG Year: 1996 Time: 1hr 27 min
Age Parents Recommend: 9+
Age Kids Recommend: 7+
Overall Rating: ⭗⭗⭗⭗⭗
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What's the story?

Made shortly after Michael Jordan's first retirement from basketball and his short foray into professional baseball, SPACE JAM marks an attempt to revive the Looney Tunes franchise by creating a big budget live-action/animation feature riding on the basketball superstar's coattails. Bugs, Porky, Tweety, and other favorite Looney Tune characters assemble a basketball team, including Michael Jordan as a member, to defeat a group of aliens, the Nerdlucks, who are trying to enslave the Tunes as attractions in their outer space theme park.

Is it any good?

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 Michael, 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, Michael'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, but ultimately, this film will likely fail to hold the attention of many people over the age of 12.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not they think the blending of animation and live-action in Space Jam works or not. Would this movie have been better as a completely animated feature?

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