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[[caption-width-right:250:Um... Keep practicing those free throws, Shaq.]]

The 1996 film where basketball star Shaquille O'Neal plays a rapping genie.

[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer ...No, really.]]

The alleged story is about a kid named Maxwell "Max" Connor (Francis Capra) stumbles into an abandoned building and finds a magic boombox containing Kazaam (Shaquille O'Neal): an actual genie. Naturally, the kid doesn't believe what he sees but Kazaam eventually manages to convince him that he's a legitimate genie that will grant him three wishes. Meanwhile, Alice Connor (Ally Walker) Max's mother is about to remarry and decided to confess that his real father actually lives in the same city as them so Max decides to find him. It turns out his father Nick Matteo (James Acheson) is a musical talent agent who later "discovers" Kazaam. His evil boss finds out Kazaam is a genie and tries to figure out how to claim this power for himself.

The film made $18,937,262 in the United States market, while critics gave the film overwhelmingly negative reviews.

Not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/{{Shazzan}}'' which was a cartoon about an heroic genie, or with the similar-sounding ''{{ComicBook/Shazam}}'' who's a superhero.
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!!Tropes included:

* BenevolentGenie: And a hip one at that.
* BeTheBall: During the climax when Shaq's character uses his genie magic to turn the villain into a ball and slam dunks him into a garbage chute, since, you know, he's a basketball player.
* BigOlEyebrows: The villain, Malik.
* CharacterTitle
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Russia, the movie was released under the loosely-translated title ''Called a Genie?''. Romania also had a release as ''Say Three Wishes''.
** TheForeignSubtitle: For the Italy release, they added the subtitle ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Giant Rap]]''
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Max's father works for a music company that specializes in piracy.
* DisappearedDad: Subverted because Max later finds him. Too bad he's sort of a {{Jerkass}}.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Max]]. [[TouchstonePictures Not surprising]].
* DullSurprise: Shaq. When he's not the LargeHam, of course.
* FlatEarthAtheist: The genie doesn't believe in fairy tales.
* GainaxEnding: Kazaam at the end [[spoiler:glows for some reason, brings Max back to life, and somehow transforms into some ethereal form, become a djinn.]]
* GenieInABottle: In Kazaam's case, a ''boombox''. Because, you know, [[IncrediblyLamePun he likes to rap]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: At one point in his "rap", Kazaam says "Let's Green Egg and '''HAM''' it!"
* {{Jerkass}}: Malik.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Max's dad.
* LargeHam: Shaq, when he's not being the DullSurprise.
-->[[IncrediblyLamePun Let's green egg and ham it!]]
* MagicAIsMagicA: Subverted at the climax, [[GainaxEnding much to the confusion of the audience]].
* MagicalNegro: Kazaam. Literally.
* ParentalAbandonment: Max's Dad, at least.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: "Wish Not Granted."
* ProductPlacement: At one point, Kazaam makes it rain candy and snacks. All of which are brand name products.
* SadlyMythtaken: A major plot point is Kazaam's desire to become a djinn, which he describes as a genie that's been freed from servitude [[spoiler:(which he achieves in the ending)]]. Unfortunately, "djinn" is either simply the plural of genie, or just another term for genie which can be used interchangeably; either way there is absolutely NO distinction between the 2 words. Of course, screwing up some mythology is the ''least'' of the film's problems.
** English genie and Arabic jinni/djinni ''used'' to be two unrelated concepts, so that could have had some justification if someone had [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot actually decided to do research]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Malik who [[spoiler:kills Max by pushing him down an elevator shaft.]]

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