Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley. Rated PG.

In "Space Jam", extraordinary basketball superstar Michael Jordan gets enlisted by the Looney Tunes characters to play a game of hoops against animated monsters from outer space. These evil extra- terrestrials have been pumped up with the basketball talents stolen from such NBA stars as Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing. The competition isn't about anything as mundane as the fate of the world; rather it is an attempt by the Looney Tunes to stave off virtual slavery in an otherworldly amusement park.

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, the Tazmanian Devil, and virtually every other Warner Bros. cartoon character ever seen on screen are included somewhere in the movie. They certainly are a lot more animated than the basketball players, who couldn't act their way out of a paper bag. Unfortunately, the film's star, His Airness, isn't much better than the rest. His rubber-faced expressions and unenthusiastic "let's get 'em" dialogue cause the film to sag at its weakest points. "Space Jam", which must have looked like pure gold on paper, is good for the occasional laugh, but it won't fully please either basketball or cartoon fans. While the animated sequences are the film's strong suit, young kids are likely to find it's frequent live-action sequences quite dull.

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