Michael Jordan's Big Space Jam Win Gets a Gloriously Fake Documentary

Michael Jordan's Big Space Jam Win Gets a Gloriously Fake DocumentaryS

Seventeen years ago on Friday, Space Jam hit theaters. That makes now the perfect time for this fake oral history of the film's climactic throwdown between the Tune Squad and the Monstars, done with all the self-regarding gravitas of an ESPN 30-For-30 documentary.

Yahoo! Screen's sendup (Director: Tony Yacenda) is very well edited, but what makes the whole thing go are the cameos, from the likes of basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb and ex-players Kurt Rambis and Greg Anthony, who right there with the actors playing sportswriters and personalities, turn this into a graduate-level seminar on deadpan at Yale Theater Studies.

"They killed Foghorn Leghorn," says "NBA Historian Pete Lovell" (played by Monte Markham) "Right in front of his teammates. And they kept going." 11/16/96. Let us never forget.


This Fake 30 For 30 About Space Jam Is Actually Kind Of Funny

What if I told you that the greatest basketball player of all time retired in the middle of his prime, and that this retirement involved a trip to Looney Tune Land, where he would compete in the most important basketball game ever played? This is 30 for 30: The Space Jam Game.

We all have fond memories of that game, and now we have a revisiting of the event in a historical context thanks to this mockumentary produced by Yahoo Screen. It's a good reminder that the ending of the game, marked by Michael Jordan's super-human throwdown, has overshadowed some of the darker moments. Like the crippling injuries suffered by the Tunes, or when Foghorn Leghorn was tragically murdered mid-game. Let us all remember the sacrifices made so that Daffy Duck could be here to complain about stuff even today.

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