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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.

1. The movie opens with R. Kelly's Grammy Award-winning song "I Believe I Can Fly", making all your troubles fade away.

2. There's a three and a half minute montage of Michael Jordan slam-dunking to the tune of the Space Jam theme song, which is also brilliant.

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3. The animation is out of this world.

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4. And just when you think it can't get any better, your adult-self realizes that Danny DeVito voiced Swackhammer, the evil alien.

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5. Roger Ebert liked it.


He gave the film 3.5/4 stars, saying it's "a happy marriage of good ideas."

6. At one point, the Looney Tunes literally stop what they're doing and put on a movie that explains what basketball is.

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7. Michael Jordan does a full-on shirtless scene.

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8. Daffy Duck wore this, reminding you that Americans actually wore these clothes.

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9. Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan kiss on the lips.

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Fun Fact: It was released in 'Bugs and Elmer: A Forbidden Love' that Bugs Bunny is gay.

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.

11. The whole movie is full of Warner Bros. porn.

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No shame.

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]".

13. Sylvester the cat only says "Sufferin' Succotash" twice.

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14. Bill Murray wore this umbrella hat throughout most of the film.

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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.

19. This film introduced the character Lola Bunny.

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20. There's a boner joke.

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Upon first meeting Lola, Bugs’ whole body goes stiff and falls to the ground.

21. Most of the movie was shot in front of a green screen, clearly paving the way for inferior knockoffs, like Avatar.

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22. The originality of the team names "Tune Squad" and "MonStars" is unmatchable.

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23. There's a Pulp Fiction reference.

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Which included a 5-second overlay of Pulp Fiction's theme song "Miserlou".

24. At one point, THIS was the score, proving that the writers basically stopped trying.

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Which somehow makes the movie even more perfect.

25. There’s only one fart joke throughout the whole movie – a record for children's films.

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26. In the movie, Bill Murray is confused for Dan Aykroyd. #Ghostbusters

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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.

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Correction: THIS is the most magical moment of the film.

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.

31. Bugs Bunny is billed higher than Michael Jordan on the movie poster.

32. And the whole movie was based off of a 90-second Nike ad that featured both Bugs and MJ.

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Watch the whole advert here.

33. What's most impressive is that Space Jam made over $230 million worldwide in 1996.

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And is the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time.

34. But the nostalgia doesn't end there; the Space Jam website hasn’t been updated in over 10 years.

Here's the link: You're welcome.

35. And the most important reason why Space Jam should have garnered better reviews is because Michael Jordan said this:

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