Kazaam (1996)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

When Max fools a gang of local toughs, he finds himself in big trouble. Fleeing from the thugs, Max runs into an old warehouse and bumps into a boom box. By doing that, he manages to release Kazaam, a genie who has been held captive for thousands of years.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By:
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On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Touchstone Pictures

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Cast

Efren Ramirez
as Carlos
Ally Walker
as Alice
Deborah Rennard
as Malik's Dinner Mate
Héctor Jiménez
as Additional Gang Kid
Da Brat
as Da Brat
Bob Clendenin
as Stage Manager
Jesse Perez
as Vasquez's Sidekick
Brad Wilson
as Club Curmudgeon
Nicole Jackson
as Da Brat's Assistant
Fawn Reed
as Asia Moon
Eugene McCarthy Jr.
as Kitchen Worker No. 1
Jeffrey Paul Johnson
as Kitchen Worker No. 2
Todd Sible
as Engineer Ed
Sandra Chriss
as Member of The Kazettes
Joanne Hart
as Mrs. Duke
Brandon Durand
as Vasquez
Anthony Ferar
as El-Baz
Steve Barr
as Spam
Deidra 'Spin' Roper
as Spinderella
Kashi Barrett
as Member of KEI
Eboni Parson
as Member of KEI
Iris Burruss
as Member of KEI
Altameza Reeves
as Member of The Kazettes
Shana Renee
as Member of The Kazettes
Davidson King
as Rasta Singer
Miguel Escobar
as Additional Gang Kid
Michael Wajacs
as Truck Driver
Larry Clardy
as Fireman
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Critic Reviews for Kazaam

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Are you bored yet?

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

I'd call the film innocuous, except that Max's gangster dad is apparently an Italian-American and the movie's main villain is an Arab. Do kids really need these stereotypes reinforced? There's also more violence here than you might expect.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Kazaam never brings off the trick we most want to see: It fails to make the jolly, 7-foot-1 Shaq larger than life.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Too gritty, violent and downbeat for tykes, it's also a bit juvenile and fairy tale-like for teens and older auds.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

As fairy tale, buddy comedy, family drama, thriller or rap revue, Kazaam is simply uninspired and unconvincing, and Mr. O'Neal, who can carry a basketball team, lacks the charisma to rescue this misguided effort.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kazaam

½

Shaq tried to follow in Michael Jordan's footsteps and make a cool kids movie. He failed.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

½

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 Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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