Kazaam

1996, Comedy/Kids & family, 1h 33m

37 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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).

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  • Sep 11, 2012
    Shaq tried to follow in Michael Jordan's footsteps and make a cool kids movie. He failed.
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2011
    Kazaam has got the reputation of being one of the worst films ever made, and with good reason. I originally saw this when it first came out and thought it was awful, and I was 11 years old at the time. The film is utter garbage. I don't even know where to begin with this film. Well for one, if this was supposed to be an entertaining and fun family film, it definitely doesn't do that. Kazaam is a stupid, pointless, poorly constructed piece of garbage that should never have been made in the first place. This is a film that no one should waste their time on. Director Paul Michael Glaser should be ashamed of himself for directing this drivel. Kazaam is a pointless film, and if you're looking for one of the worst films ever made, then look no further. The acting is awful, the plot is equally bad and so is the directing. There is no redeeming qualities about this film and it's overall, a great waste of time. Watching paint dry is more entertaining than watching this trash. A terrible film that should never have been made, Kazaam definitely scraps the bottom of the barrel of bad ideas, and has nothing good going for it. The only good thing about this film is the end credits. Avoid this film like the plague; you'd be glad you did. This is simply an awful film that's really not worth watching.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2010
    another film i was surprised at mainly because of all the bashing it has had from critics and people and i love this movie i thought it was funny entertaining and fun for the whole family
    Michael E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    I saw this movie on TV a lot when I was a kid, at first I thought it was kinda fun, but eventually it got extremely annoying. Now, I can see it for what it is: a movie about a kid who gets a genie to help him beat up bullies. The genie is played by Shaquille O'Neal, a big, tall, basketball player, who can't act. This movie is too cheesy, it's like the cheese got burnt, it's so bad. Do not watch this movie, there are many better movies with the same theme.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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