Space Jam

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

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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.

User Reviews

Educator and Parent Written byfruityputooty April 11, 2011

Funny some good messages

This movie is good for a few laughs and some positive messages about doing the right thing. I didn't like how the teams play to win by hurting each other,...
Educator Written bymaddox121 October 18, 2015

Good for Kids to Adults especially Mike Jordan and Loony toons fans

Language "su*k" is used 2 times but kids hear worse Violence Loony toons style violence Sex Bugs and Lola flirt and kiss 2 times one fake one real,eve...
Kid, 10 years old January 18, 2012

I think it's a.......YES!!!!!

I love this movie soooo much! it would be a great movie for your kids. The looney tunes are hilarious! But some of the monsters might be a little scary for youn...
Kid, 12 years old May 18, 2011

A great movie that will appeal to the whole family!

Hilarious! A great movie for ages 5 and up! Anyone under 5 might get freaked out. There are some scary monsters in the movie and some flirting too. The famous B...

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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