Space Jam

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  • PG
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 6.5  (211,069)
  • 59

In 1996, Warner Bros. released the movie Space Jam, starring basketball legend Michael Jordan as himself alongside the iconic Looney Tunes characters. The film tells the story of an alternate reality where the Looney Tunes live in fear of being enslaved by an alien race called the Nerdlucks, who have come to pick them up as their new entertainment attraction. In an attempt to save themselves, the Looney Tunes challenge the Nerdlucks to a basketball game, but when the aliens steal the powers of five NBA stars, including Jordan himself, the Looney Tunes turn to the basketball legend to save the day.

The opening scene shows an animated sequence of the story of the Nerdlucks, who live on a planet called Moron Mountain owned by the infamous Mr. Swackhammer. Swackhammer is severely bored with his park's attractions and decides to send his Nerdlucks on a mission to capture the Looney Tunes for his new attraction. The Nerdlucks, who don't have much basketball talent, come up with a cunning plan and travel to Earth, where they trick Bugs Bunny and his friends into accepting a basketball match with them, which they know they will lose.

The Looney Tunes team includes Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the cat, Tweety Bird, Lola Bunny, and others. However, the aliens, upon witnessing the underwhelming skills of the Looney Tunes, steal the talent of NBA players Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, and Shawn Bradley. The now overpowered aliens, dubbed the 'Monstars,' beefed up as 10-foot giants with incredible basketball abilities, Dominate the Looney Tunes in their first match.

To save themselves, the Looney Tunes team manages to recruit Michael Jordan, who retired from basketball and was playing minor league baseball at the time. Jordan is reluctant to join the team initially but agrees to help after some convincing by Bugs Bunny. Jordan's appearance in the movie gives it real-life appeal and his interactions with the cartoon characters blend well with the plot.

Jordan trains the Looney Tunes for the match, teaching them how to play basketball the human way. His training methods are fun and engaging, capturing the Looney Tunes' unique personalities. Along the way, the movie features a scene of Bill Murray cameo where he eagerly joins the Looney Tunes team, adding a comedic element to the plot.

The final match between the Monstars and the Looney Tunes is an intense and hilarious ride full of high energy, dynamic acrobatics, and authentic sports talent. The game's animation is well done, and the score keeps viewers engaged throughout. With Jordan’s help, the Looney Tunes put on a great show, and the story reaches its climax just as the Monstars appear to take the lead.

Overall, Space Jam features a simple yet engaging plot that makes for enjoyable family entertainment. The movie's mix of live-action and animation is impressive and groundbreaking, making it hard not to get sucked in. The film's soundtrack, which features hit songs like 'I Believe I Can Fly' by R. Kelly, only adds to its appeal. It remains a timeless classic, enjoyed by new generations and providing a delightful walk down memory lane for many. Space Jam is an excellent movie that will always have a place in the hearts of sports and movie lovers alike.

Space Jam is a 1996 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 59.

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    1 hr 27 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (211,069)
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