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      Kazaam

      PG Released Jul 17, 1996 1h 33m Kids & Family Fantasy Comedy List
      5% Tomatometer 37 Reviews 20% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings A genie named Kazaam (Shaquille O'Neal) has been sealed up for thousands of years, until one day he is accidentally freed by Max (Francis Capra), who is on the run from a local gang. Kazaam explains to the youth that he belongs to Max until he grants three wishes, but what Max really wants is to get to know his estranged father. When the genie, who considers trying his hand at a music career, forgets about his young master, Max is attacked by villainous club owner Malik (Marshall Manesh). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Crafted from a mix of genre clichés, Kazaam doesn't know what kind of film it wants to be, and Shaq's larger-than-life charisma is stifled by rote filmmaking and an unimaginative story.

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      Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune It's marketing, not moviemaking. Rated: 1/4 Aug 23, 2017 Full Review Barry McIlheney Empire Magazine Dismal. Rated: 1/5 May 29, 2013 Full Review Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer In his Hollywood debut, Shaq more or less played himself as a coveted college center in William Friedkin's excellent Blue Chips. Kazaam is a compelling argument for keeping him on the court and as far away from a movie set as possible. Rated: 1.5/4 May 29, 2013 Full Review Alistair Lawrence Common Sense Media Bad fantasy comedy is dated and materialistic; bullying. Rated: 1/5 Aug 7, 2020 Full Review Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot The movie looked lively and imaginative in the trailer that has been showing for months. Stretch it out to 92 minutes, though, and you realize that the entire thing was effectively and attractively squeezed into the preview. Rated: 2/4 Jan 8, 2019 Full Review John Ferguson Radio Times Ultimately this is a kids-only affair. Rated: 2/5 Jul 22, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alanya H I'm glad Shaq got his money ,what they tried to make a joke out of Sinbad. Trying to keep down the black people by controlling Sinbad instead of controlling their self. Money didn't buy Sinbad Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 08/30/23 Full Review StephenPaul C The greatest 01 hour: and 33 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/17/23 Full Review Rachel K No one has ever heard of a genie in the boombox. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/10/23 Full Review Kyle E Well, adolescent really(19). Like Howard the Duck, Kazaam was a movie I loved as a child but looking back on it I was shocked at how low my taste buds were as a kid. Granted, there are some funny moments specifically the ones with the flying toasts and the bicycle race. And it is not the worst movie of 1996, Ed and especially Bio Dome are worse. However, the special effects are really quite substandard, and the rest of the production values are of direct to video quality and shoddy ones at that. The story is predictable with only a few worthwhile scenes to favour, the sight gags suffer from poor comic timing and the script is childish and simplistic. The characters I really dislike here, the kid is annoying, the villain is one of the lamest I have seen in a long time while Shaquille O'Neal's Genie with his awful rapping(then again I dislike rap intensely, and that is the least problematic of his performance) grated on me fast. The acting doesn't fare much better either, while the direction is literally non-existent and the soundtrack is only tolerable if on mute. This is of course my opinion, disagree all you want, I guess I just didn't like it. 2/10 Bethany Cox Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Cyrus K Filled with terrible acting, unlikable characters, creepy undertones, outdated effects, a terrible need to be rad, filled with cliches, two plots going on at once, abysmal rapping and overall just a very boring movie. I walked in expecting a movie that is so bad it's good or at least just an entertaining kinda bad, but nope it is incredibly boring and extremely bad! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 11/21/22 Full Review Rodrigo R Filme da época divertido, início do jogador como ator. Gostava do filme quando era criança. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/18/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A genie named Kazaam (Shaquille O'Neal) has been sealed up for thousands of years, until one day he is accidentally freed by Max (Francis Capra), who is on the run from a local gang. Kazaam explains to the youth that he belongs to Max until he grants three wishes, but what Max really wants is to get to know his estranged father. When the genie, who considers trying his hand at a music career, forgets about his young master, Max is attacked by villainous club owner Malik (Marshall Manesh).
      Director
      Paul Michael Glaser
      Producer
      Scott Kroopf, Paul Michael Glaser, Bob Engleman
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Fantasy, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 17, 1996, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 12, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $18.9M
      Runtime
      1h 33m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Surround
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