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35 Facts That Prove "Space Jam" Is Criminally Underrated

It only got a 35 on Rotten Tomatoes, but it'll always be a 100 in your heart.

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10. The whole film is a blatant joke about Michael Jordan’s real-life baseball career.

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Jordan played on three minor league teams during his 1993-1994 run, originally starting with the Chicago White Sox.

12. And Wayne Knight makes fun of Michael Jordan for having so many sponsors.

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In one scene, Wayne Knight's character says ""C'mon, Michael, it's game time. Slip on your Hanes, lace up your Nikes, take your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we'll grab a Big Mac on the way to the ballpark [hot dogs]".

15. They made an "is it because I'm white?" joke.

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Bill Murray: Do you think I have a shot in the NBA?

MJ: No.

Bill Murray: Is it because I'm white?

MJ: Larry Bird is white.

Bill Murray: Larry isn't white, he's clear.

MJ: True.

16. A 15-year-old girl calls Charles Barkley a wannabe and tells him to “be gone”.

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Why Charles Barkley didn't get an Oscar nod for this performance, I'll never know.

17. Charles Barkley made a joke about his former relationship with Madonna.

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Barkley prays in a church, hoping that his basketball skills come back to him, and says "I'm never gonna go out with Madonna again.”

18. As a sensual Barry White song plays in the background, a therapist asks Patrick Ewing if he’s having trouble performing in bed.

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The song is called Basketball Jones, and it was co-performed by comic Chris Rock.

27. Michael Jordan extends his arm and dunks the ball from half court, winning the game for the Tune Squad.

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This is the most magical moment in the film because MJ becomes a cartoon character himself, thus signifying his emotional connection to the Looney Tunes and the cartoon world.

28. Suddenly, “I Believe I Can Fly” blasts in the background as MJ makes a dramatic entrance from a spaceship onto a baseball field.

29. MJ's whole family was in the movie. Cute, right? Even though they were all replaced by professional actors...

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His wife and children were merely extras, while Warner Bros. replaced their speaking roles with real actors.

30. The most touching moment of the film is when MJ is inspired to join the MLB after his father dies.

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This is similar to Michael's real-life decision to join Major League Baseball.

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