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Un giorno Max Conner, dodicenne ragazzo di città, mentre cerca di sfuggire ad una banda di bulletti di quartiere, inciampa in una scatola, da cui emerge un enorme e potente genio di 3000 anni di nome Kazaam. Costui gli offre tre desideri, Max non crede all'offerta, però i due, dopo alcune disavventure passate insieme, diventano una coppia inseparabile. Max vive con la madre Alice, che è separata dal marito andato via quando il bambino aveva due anni, ed è ora di nuovo fidanzata. Max sembra sentirsi responsabile dell'abbandono del padre, e nella fantasia cerca di vivere il momento in cui lo incontrerà di nuovo, anche perchè non riesce a legare per niente con l'uomo che la madre ha intenzione di sposare. Max è incalzato da Kazaam che gli chiede di esprimere i suoi tre desideri, ma intanto il gigante comincia ad apprezzare alcuni lati della vita del 20º secolo, in particolare la musica rap. Proprio questa passione porta i due amici a contatto con strani ambienti musicali, all'interno dei quali Max inaspettatamente ritrova il padre, coinvolto in brutti affari. Alla fine, quest'ultimo, dopo l'incendio dello studio, viene arrestato ma chiede al figlio una seconda occasione. Mentre Kazaam, non più genio, va via con una ragazza di cui si è innamorato, Max torna a casa dalla madre e dal suo fidanzato, che ora è disposto ad accettare come secondo padre. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition DVD.
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Kazaam is a movie unlike any other. Now some would say that Shaq's acting is so wooden he could play Pinnochio, but I argue with that. Shaq was playing a genie, a magical, rapping, abracadabra, hocus-pocus genie. The hippest, illest, defest, genie you ever laid eyes on. It is not for us to rate this film, it is for us to thank Shaq for taking the time to make this movie.
Now some would say that he can't even act his way through a 30 second commercial for Nestle Crunch or Burger King. I argue the point again. Shaq has the intelligence and mastery of the English language that we mortals can only hope to achieve. He is the reigning king of entertainment.
Others will also say that the man is slightly retarded and that if not for his great height, he would be lucky to ride the back of a garbage truck in Chicago as a sanitation engineer. I say those people have a real attitude problem.
Shaq can do it all. I am looking forward to his opera album, his cooking show, his line of BVD briefs, and last but certainly not least, I am looking forward to Shaq teaming up with Ice-T. Shaq will take over lead guitar duties for the reformed Body Count. Of course I hope his Broadway run doesn't interfere with the world tour.
Rock on Shaq, it's your world. We only breathe your air.
Shaquille O'Neal is of course a world famous basketball player and entertainer who has done it all from act, to rap to of course playing ball. I have always found him to be entertaining and believe that he is genuinely a nice guy. Well the year was 1996 I believe when Shaq let loose his rapping genie in movie theaters across the country. To be honest it is an interesting idea because of his size and celeberty appeal. But also as long as we are honest he is not the best actor ever. Still for kids this actually a good movie because when I was younger I remember loving this movie, for the adults maybe not so much.
Max is just your average kid wanting to be cool, not picked on at school, and the victim of a normal situation. That of course would be never really knowing his dad and mama has a new boyfriend. So he is having and over all bad time at this point in his life, that is until he literally falls into some good luck. When running from the school bullies one day he falls various floors and lands right on top of the magic boom box. In doing so he releases the genie named Kazaam. From there things get interesting as Kazaam tries to convince Max he is the real deal and will grant three wishes. Once he realizes what he has the time is now for Max to change his luck, if all works out.
This is a very fun one for the kiddies as Shaq really is an entertaining guy and the fun of the wishes will make it a hit with any kid. As for the adults it can still be fun if you turn off the brain but this is far from a perfect film. Let us start with the acting because our lead needed some work. Shaq is very outgoing and fun in the role and actually for his acting abilities this may be his best job, he hams it up. Still he will never win any awards for acting but at least in a non serious role he can have fun with it. Francis Capra did a good enough job as Max especially for a child actor, he has a new look now and has done some good stuff. Everyone else in the film did a good job from his parents to mama's boyfriend.
As for the writing it really needs some work from the older stand point, of course this is for kids and on that level it works. Director Paul Glaser along with fellow writers Roger Soffer and Christian Ford [who still write together] needed to pick it up a bit for the parents but for the kiddies it works. I find it hard to really dig into this because I know it is for kids, plus I liked it a lot when I was younger. Still this may not be the best choice for the serious movie fan, really it is not. This may not be the best movie ever but for those who like to turn it off it is fun, I liked it then I like it now.
Underachieiving alcoholic street poet Kazaam (O'Neal) would like nothing more than to crawl up and die inside a bottle. When things appear to be at their most desperate, enter the highly opportunistic Max Conner (Francis Capra) who takes him under his wing. The young Conner promises that the exertion will be great, but the payoff will be greater. Through their business and personal relationship, Kazaam gets the opportunity to bounce ideas around with a veritable who's who among Manhattan's literary glitterati. What Kazaam doesn't know is that Conner isn't on the up and up, believes that he "owns" Kazaam, and wants Kazaam to follow the letter of his law at all costs. The personal crises that rage behind Kazaam's delicate facade fuel the action of the second half of this film, leading up to a powerful ending that will leave you surprised and exhausted.
After pushing his dramatic range in "Blue Chips," many might have expected a sophomore slump for Shaq. Those predictions are soundly put to rest with his Kazaam. More than anything, this film is a study in present day race relations wrapped in action-drama clothing, and Kazaam's moral and personal awakening is at the center. Newcomer Capra is perfectly fine as the thinly veiled racist with an agenda, but without Shaq's wonderful -- and most of all believable -- performance this film could have come across as preachy.
As "Kazaam" stands, however, it is a marvel. One can't help but wonder how this script escaped Spike Lee. No matter since Paul Micheal Glaser picked this one up running. Once you've seen it, and invariably seen it again, you'll know that this was one project that was a "slam dunk."
When I was doing a character study for a part as a rapping genie in a Broadway production of Mrs. Saigon, I watched this film repeatedly. Eventually the film became a huge part of my life and watching the film helped me overcome a painul divorce and an addiction to painkillers. This movie is fun for both kids and adults and if I were not serving 15-20 in prison right now, you can bet that I would be sitting in my living room with a bag of pretzels and a diet root beer having the time of my life.