Space Jam: A New Legacy is the new and improved Looney Tunes for the next generation to love. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Space Jam: A New Legacy is the follow up to the 1996 hit movie Space Jam, starring basketball legend Michael Jordan. In the sequel, basketball is once again the star of the show and who else could star in this modern day basketball movie but Lebron James? Of course, the Looney Tunes characters we all know and love are back to assist James on the court in this hilarious, family-friendly new film. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Space Jam: A New Legacy Parents Guide
In Space Jam: A New Legacy Lebron James is on a quest to save his son from Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle). To get his son back, James must win on the basketball court within the Serververse. He puts together a team made up of Looney Tunes, called the Tune Squad, to go up against the Goon Squad, which includes his son and Al-G Rhythm.
Space Jam: A New Legacy Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids view Space Jam: A New Legacy.
Language: The language in Space Jam: A New Legacy is very mild. The strongest words you may hear are stupid, loser, hell, freaking, and some puns like “son of a glitch.”
Mature Content: The movie contains some violence which you may expect from Looney Tune characters which includes: explosions and guns (Elmer Fudd). You will see Granny drinking alcohol and a scene in which Bug Bunny appears to be drunk off of carrot juice, where he is stumbling around inebriated. Overall the content in Space Jam: A New Legacy is very mild and appropriate for all ages.
Space Jam: A New Legacy will bring all the nostalgia of the first film and modernize the Looney Tune characters for the Generation Z kids. Space Jam fans will not be disappointed, as many references are made to the first film. Now some might be wondering if Michael Jordan makes a cameo, and while I will not spoil the fun for anyone, I will say the movie does not gloss over this expectation and comes with a clever scene addressing the looming question.
Admittedly, the beginning drags as we are introduced to the James family and the plot is set up to take us into the digitized world. But once the ball gets rolling (basketball pun intended) and the Looney Tune characters hit the court, the fun doesn’t stop. Other than Bugs Bunny, many younger viewers may not have any idea who some of the Looney Tunes are and Space Jam: A New Legacy does a terrific job at introducing each character while also showcasing their personalities in a modern and hilarious way. Take Granny for example, who is now the hip Granny surfing the internet and tweeting it up on her Twitter account!
Lebron James is a beast on the court, but he lacks acting chops and it surely shows in the movie. Luckily, the film does not overlook this fact and actually takes a jab at it with a line James says in the movie, “Athletes acting, that never goes well.” Truth. Where Lebron lacks in acting, he makes up for on the court and where the movie lacks in “good actors” it makes up for it with the incredible Don Cheadle, as the villainous Al- G Rhythm and the voice cast including Zendaya, who wins viewers over as Lola Bunny.
Visually speaking, Space Jam: A New Legacy takes us on a journey through an older animation look to a new and improved animation and it is glorious to view. Add the visuals to other Warner Bros surprises, like characters from WB movies past including King Kong, Mad Max, and even an appearances by Rick and Morty, it has a little something to appeal to everyone. A New Legacy definitely has some big shoes to fill, and after a 25 year gap it is safe to say many younger viewers will not even know this is a sequel, and as a stand alone film they may be a bit lost. Knowingly, though the adult crowd will revel in the glory they have been waiting for, and bring the new generation up to speed.