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Space Jam: A New Legacy

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

LeBron's Looney Tunes reboot fouls; lots of 'toon violence.

Movie PG 2021 115 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 16+

WTH Warner Bro’s!! Droog’s, Pennywise and The Devil’s??

I didn’t watch the entire movie with my kid’s, I watched the last 40 minutes and was confused and angered with some of the cameos during the “big” game. They put Pennywise from IT, The Droog’s from A Clockwork Orange and the nun from The Devil’s. First off why in the heck are they putting a clown who eats people, a group of men who rape and terrorize women and a nun from a movie that is about satanists! I know that movies sometimes put in things for the parents but out of all of the cameos these 3 are evil and shouldn’t be in a PG movie! It’s disappointing that these characters are being normalized in kids movies and that kids are being exposed to these movies at such young ages. I don’t understand why Warner Bros cut a scene with Pepe Le Pew begins kissing Penelope’s arm while in a bar and she reacts by slamming him on the bar and files a restraining order and LeBron tells Pepe that he can’t do anything to a woman without her consent BUT THEY HAVE A CAMEO FROM THE DROODS who break into someone’s house and rape a woman in front of her husband!!! Plus Don Cheadle’s character gets upset because they are losing and cussed out his team!! They bleep it out BUT why does that need to be in a kids movie! It doesn’t! None of it does and it’s sad that Warner Bros thought this was a good idea!

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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age 8+

Nope 👎

this movie is cringe. I feel like Lebrun put no effort in his acting, which ruins the whole movie. If you’re a fan of the old spacejam, don’t watch this. My husband and our 4 year old daughter enjoyed this but still.

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Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (72):

The idea of relaunching the beloved Space Jam with Michael Jordan's modern-day equivalent was a slam dunk, but the execution is messier than a first grader's March Madness bracket. Certainly, there's a lot of fun to be had here by putting the Looney Tunes gang back into uniform -- the problem is that expectations are insurmountable. Space Jam was lightning in a bottle: It had a theme song for the ages (which many '90s kids still consider their personal anthem), a star who was at a particularly unique time in his personal and professional life, and writers who'd penned notable family comedies and grew up with Bugs Bunny and pals. Unfortunately, this film is more like a jug of rain, lacking both comedy and chemistry.

The movie's laugh-out-loud moments are few and far between. It could be that the trio of young credited screenwriters have little or no experience in writing comedy or writing for kids; it feels like they did a quick study of Looney Tunes rather than growing up with the characters. And while director Malcolm D. Lee knows his way around raunchy adult comedy (Girls Trip, The Best Man), this is his first effort with CGI and animated characters and his first time creating entertainment for children. The result is that, unlike with MJ and the original Space Jam team, who showed their love by besting each other and delivered zingers at every turn, A New Legacy is rather flat -- even after the Tune Squad is transformed into 3D animation (incidentally, why?). Cheadle is a wonderful actor whose humor crackles, but he's certainly no Bill Murray. And where are the equivalents to Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing? The film has the wackiest of wacky premises and yet it's predictable -- and, for fans of the original, a disappointment. Kids who are less familiar with Looney Tunes may be a little lost. Of course, perhaps the idea is to convey to kids that you can now see the classic cartoon series on HBO Max (now with new episodes!). And they're not the only Warner characters who make an appearance: The Serververse brings audiences through the full range of the Time Warner catalog, from Harry Potter to not-so-kid-appropriate Game of Thrones, with characters cheering on the high-stakes basketball game. While it's fun to spot them in the crowd, rather than racking up points for the Tune Squad, it seems like they're there to rack up subscriptions for HBO Max. Unlike the original, which was made as a celebration and union of great entertainers that appeal to kids, this entire endeavor feels a lot more like a commercial.

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