With so many comfortable TV shows and movies to choose from while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, a popular option is a crazy live action / animated movie from 1996.
Space Jam is currently among the top 10 movies on Netflix. It’s a story of good versus evil, Tune Squad vs. Monstars, Michael Jordan vs. Danny DeVito.
Why do so many people click on “Space Jam”? Based on some of the comments on Twitter, it recalls their childhood.
But “Space Jam” is more than a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Here are a few more reasons why it’s worth checking out:
It’s fun for kids
All of their favorite Looney Tunes characters are here. Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck. Porky Pig. Lola Bunny, a love interest for Bugs who has serious basketball skills. The list goes on.
Kids will get a kick out of the slapstick comedy the Looney Tunes cartoons are known for. Virtually every character is trampled, assaulted or otherwise tortured.
Of course there is also Jordan, the human star of the film. If your kids don’t recognize him from his Hall of Fame basketball career, they might recognize him as the man behind the internet’s favorite crying meme.
It is also fun for adults
“Space Jam” is a really funny movie, with lots of real world references that fly over kids’ heads, but adults will enjoy it. Bill Murray has several laughable rules.
For example, after spending the entire movie begging everyone who would listen to give him a chance as a basketball player, he finally gets his chance late in the Tune Squad-Monstars game. But when Jordan explains to them that their team is on defense, he replies, “Whoa … I don’t play defense.” Classic Murray.
Wayne Knight with the fame of “Seinfeld” is also a highlight as a publicist / Jordans lackey. In a memorable sense, he teases Jordan for a minor league baseball game over Jordan’s many deals: “Come on, Michael, it’s playtime. Put on your Hanes, put on your Nikes, get on Wheaties and your Gatorade and we’ll get a Big Mac on his way to the baseball field. “
There are many more things that adults can keep an eye out for during the movie, including a quick tribute to ‘Pulp Fiction’ and cameos from Patricia Heaton and ‘Simpsons’ actor Dan Castellaneta.
It helps fill the void for sports fans
The NBA season has been suspended. So have the seasons for other great sports. So why not revisit one of the all-time greatest achievements by one of the all-time greatest athletes? (Sure, Jordan won six NBA titles, but none of those finals were a one-game winner-take-all against massive Monstars.)
Admittedly, sports fans will have to interrupt their disbelief while watching the game. The person on duty is bad; where are the dirty calls?
And the comeback is a lot. It is literally a lot. Jordan stretches his arm 15 feet or more to score the last basket.
Of course, the very idea of Jordan being sucked into the Looney Tunes world and defending Bugs and his friends in a basketball game against aliens may also require suspension of disbelief.
It is an uplifting film
Viewers can take some inspiring lessons from ‘Space Jam’. Take Jordan’s speech to his teammates in the second half, for example, after Bugs led them to believe they could play better by drinking ‘Michael’s Secret Stuff’, which was basically just tap water.
The Looney Tunes ask Jordan for more of the ‘Secret Stuff’ to give them another boost, but he assures them it’s not necessary: ’It’s not worked out. It was just water. You always had the special things in you. ‘
The theme throughout the movie is that you can do anything you think of. Everyone can take advantage of such a positive message – although it apparently did not apply to Jordan’s baseball career, which is often derided in the film.
Not that it matters. Jordan saves the day for the Looney Tunes. They overcome in adversity. We could use more stories like that now.
“Space Jam” will be available for streaming on Netflix until the end of April.