Space Jam

  • Review Date: October 7, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Live-action/animation mix is good fun for kids.
  • Review Date: October 7, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Cartoon violence.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some cartoon violence. The film is likely to impress younger viewers, especially 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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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Space Jam does little to revive the Looney Tunes characters, who pretty much stick to their tried and true (and violent) antics, albeit 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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 15, 1996
DVD release date:October 28, 2003
Cast:Bill Murray, Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight
Director:Joe Pytka
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Space and aliens
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild cartoon violence

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Kid, 12 years old May 18, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

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 Bugs Bunny and Lola kiss twice in the movie. And they do it pretty iffy. But besides that there is no real threat that can cause kids to act bad in this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old January 18, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

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 young kids below 6. there are also a few kissy parts but otherwise you'll love this movie!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent of a 8 year old Written byfruityputooty April 11, 2011
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7
QUALITY
 

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, and some of the language was not innocent. The music and the messages are good about working your hardest even if you don't expect to win, and the power of believing in yourself.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models

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