Space Jam (1996) – What A Wild Movie

Everybody get up it’s time to slam now
We got a real jam goin’ down
Welcome to the Space Jam

This movie has everything. Basketball, Baseball, Looney Tunes, Newman from Seinfeld. It’s basically the perfect movie.

I would love to have a conversation with the people who came up this this movie. Because they were probably smoking the good stuff. Here is, if you don’t know, the plot of Space Jam (1996):

In a far away galaxy, there is a group of aliens, the Monstars, who run a failing amusement park called Moron Mountain. To save their business, they decide to kidnap the Looney Tunes and use them as an attraction to bring in more guests. When the aliens get to Looney Tunes land, Bugs Bunny manages to trick them into believing that it is a rule that they must beat the Looney Tunes in a challenge before they can be kidnapped. Because the Monstars are small, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game. The Monsters agree and end up stealing the basketball talent from NBA players Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues and become tall muscular Monstars. The Looney Tunes then recruit Michael Jordan for their team, because he was playing Baseball at the time so the Monstars didn’t steal his talent.

And you know what? The movie is fun. Is it good? Sure, I’d say its good. Is it great? Eh? If you saw it when you were a kid, I’m sure the nostalgia factor would make it great. But as someone who is seeing it for the first time now, I’d just say its good. It’s a wacky, goofy, silly kids movie from the 90s. It’s fun. It’s a fun way to spend an hour and twenty minutes. But at the end of the day it’s not a very deep movie. Most kids movies these days at least try to have a deeper message. But I think the deepest Space Jam gets is “Michael Jordan is the best at basketball” and “cartoon rabbits can be attractive.” No character really has an arc. I mean, I guess Newman from Seinfeld sort of does since he gets to play on the team in the climax but he immediately gets hurts. Ultimately, I don’t think Space Jam needed a deeper message. It is a movie about Michael Jordan playing basketball with the Looney Tunes, and it didn’t need to be anything else.

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