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Space Jam: A New Legacy | 2021 | PG | – 1.3.2

content-ratingsWhy is “Space Jam: A New Legacy” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some cartoon violence and some language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes kidnapping, threats of violence (as in being deleted), animated violence with scuffling on a basketball court, arguing, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When his young son (Cedric Joe) is kidnapped by a rogue AI (Don Cheadle), basketball star LeBron James becomes trapped in digital space. To get home safely with his son, they team up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other Looney Tunes characters for a high-stakes basketball game against the AI’s digitized champions. Also with Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Ceyair J Wright, Xosha Roquemore, Stephen Kankole, Jalyn Hall and Wood Harris. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. [Running Time: 1:55]

Space Jam: A New Legacy SEX/NUDITY 1

 – Amazon women wear short dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and legs to the upper thighs. A shirtless man is shown with his bare chest and abdomen visible. A character’s fur is pulled off and reveals its bare abdomen and the top of boxer shorts.

Space Jam: A New Legacy VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A man falls through a hatch in the floor and floats around a series of worlds (all product placements of Warner Bros. properties) before crashing onto a cartoon world where he becomes an animated version of himself. After crashing to the ground in an animated world, a man is shown squashed (in cartoon-style) with his legs shortened and he exclaims, “I’m shorter than Kevin Hart.” A man threatens another man and challenges him to a game of basketball before he will return his son. A character seems to be dying and turns to pixels.
 An alien vessel lands on the ground, the alien shoots a no-gravity ray at an animated man and the man floats off the ground; a rabbit deflects another blast using a mirror that hits the alien. A train speeds along tracks toward an orphanage and an animated man and a rabbit cling to the roof yelling; the train flips on-and-off the track causing destruction to buildings on either side until it is stopped by a superhero. A boy walks through a hallway surrounded by whirring computer equipment and he disappears in a flash of light; his father runs through the hallway and he too disappears in a flash of light and they meet inside what is identified as a “serververse”; the boy says, “We’re digitized.” An animated man walks toward a tunnel (painted on the side of a tree trunk) and slams into the tree, he falls to the ground as a truck speeds out of the tunnel toward him, he jumps onto the truck’s windshield and is sped away along winding roads and over a steep cliff; the truck crashes onto a ledge and the man inside is unharmed. An animated man runs away from something tunneling under the ground near him and when a rabbit pops out of the ground the man jumps into a tree. A coyote jumps from one speeding vehicle onto another and the vehicle explodes, throwing the coyote onto a car’s windshield (the coyote looks dazed). A rabbit spins an animated man’s head around and we see his neck in a twist. A teen boy is struck in the head by a basketball a few times and he holds his head and exclaims. An animated man is struck in the head with a basketball and he falls to the floor with birds circling around his head. A man imagines himself as a character in a video game and he shoots an ice cannon that covers Batman with ice, then rides on the back of a fire-breathing dragon. An animated woman leaps into the air and kicks a police officer throwing him to the ground as she runs away. A cat spits out a small bird (unharmed) in a puddle of saliva. A duck’s beak is blown off (we see it still speaking but separated from the bird). A rabbit runs through several physical challenges in a course where she is nearly slashed, squashed, she almost falls into flowing lava and is nearly eaten by sea monsters; she is sad when she fails to complete the course. A rabbit and an animated man cling to a ledge over flowing lava below them and they are pulled to safety by another rabbit. A character shoots two guns and hits a basketball deflating it. A character lassos a rooster. A woman riding a motorized vehicle jumps a ramp and slam-dunks a basketball through a hoop shattering the backboard. A character is snake-like with a coiled tail and another has legs like a spider. An alien is trapped under an off-ramp from its space vehicle in a couple of scenes (we see its feet and legs sticking out from under the ramp and we hear his voice). A man says, “Put ’em out of their misery.” A coyote’s tail is on fire and he sits in a cooler of ice to extinguish it. A character says, “Please don’t let us get deleted.” A water-based character crashes into a monster and is absorbed into the monster. A coyote is sucked into a machine that multiplies him and shoots him out through tubes toward a basketball hoop. People become pixelated and float into the air (sent back to the real world from an animated world). An animated man becomes larger and stronger during a basketball game and two men jump into the air to reach the hoop.
 A man becomes angry and yells in a few scenes causing lights to flicker and his voice becomes deep and digitized; in one scene, he is a giant hologram of his head and he bellows loudly. A man yells at a boy for playing a video game instead of participating in a basketball game; he tells him, “Get your head in the game.” A father reprimands his son for not being focused and working hard. People, animals and creatures stampede toward a stadium’s stands and we see creatures like King Kong with large sharp teeth growling and roaring as he runs. After being transported to an animated world, a man asks, “Are we dead?” A character threatens that all the cartoon characters will be deleted. A man yells and several words are bleeped. A floating animated character whimpers and quakes in a few scenes when a man (an algorithm) becomes angry and yells. When a man sees another man inside a server he asks, “The computer is Black?” A man (referred to as an algorithm) inside a computer server skims through images and reportage of a successful professional basketball player. A wife tells her husband that he is pushing their son too hard. A boy tells another boy that if a handheld video game doesn’t work that he should, “Smack it really hard.”

Space Jam: A New Legacy LANGUAGE 2

 – 3 mild anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (King James, something, worst idea, stupid, clown, rejects, nefarious nimrod, nerd alert, varmint, traitor, joke, notorious P.I.G., silly, awkward, salty, bad guy, weird, hideous, despicable, badger thing, losers, hater, son of a glitch, goons, baggage), exclamations (my goodness, let’s boogie, oh snap, my way or the highway, shake a leg, watch out, cock-a-doodle-do, calm down, move it or lose it, oh, it’s over, jeez, no doubt, freakin’, look here, suffering succotash, what in the AARP, ooo whee, for server’s sake, woo-hoo, are you serious, buckets, let’s go, zip it, high ho silver, yee-haw, gadzooks, what in the world, what the…, ha-ha, ahhh, come on, dope, gotcha, skeedaddle, what, huh, yeah right, chill out, oh man, ow, whoa, ooh, uh-oh, dang), 1 religious exclamation (Oh My God). | profanity glossary |

Space Jam: A New Legacy SUBSTANCE USE

 – A rabbit drinks from a cup and acts inebriated in a saloon scene, a woman pours a martini into a cocktail glass (we do not see her drink).

Space Jam: A New Legacy DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Professional basketball, success, disappointment, following a different path, family, parental pride, cheating, buffering, superheroes, glitches, backup plans, mistakes, humiliation, focus, distractions, parenting vs. coaching, product placement, respect

Space Jam: A New Legacy MESSAGE

 – Adversity is part of the process of pursuing a goal. Dream big.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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