Um... Keep practicing those free throws, Shaq.
The 1996 film where basketball star Shaquille O'Neal plays a rapping genie....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 Shazzan
which was a cartoon about an heroic genie, or with the similar-sounding Shazam
who's a superhero.
- Benevolent Genie: And a hip one at that.
- Be The Ball: 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.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: The villain, Malik.
- Character Title
- Completely Different Title: In Russia, the movie was released under the loosely-translated title Called a Genie?. Romania also had a release as Say Three Wishes.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Max's father works for a music company that specializes in piracy.
- Disappeared Dad: Subverted because Max later finds him. Too bad he's sort of a Jerkass.
- Disney Death: Max. Not surprising.
- Dull Surprise: Shaq. When he's not the Large Ham, of course.
- Flat Earth Atheist: The genie doesn't believe in fairy tales.
- Gainax Ending: Kazaam at the end glows for some reason, brings Max back to life, and somehow transforms into some ethereal form, become a djinn.
- Genie in a Bottle: In Kazaam's case, a boombox. Because, you know, he likes to rap.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: At one point in his "rap", Kazaam says "Let's Green Egg and HAM it!"
- Jerkass: Malik.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Max's dad.
- Large Ham: Shaq, when he's not being the Dull Surprise.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Subverted at the climax, much to the confusion of the audience.
- Magical Negro: Kazaam. Literally.
- Parental Abandonment: Max's Dad, at least.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Wish Not Granted."
- Product Placement: At one point, Kazaam makes it rain candy and snacks. All of which are brand name products.
- Sadly Mythtaken: A major plot point is Kazaam's desire to become a djinn, which he describes as a genie that's been freed from servitude (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 actually decided to do research.
- Would Hurt a Child: Malik who kills Max by pushing him down an elevator shaft.