Space Jam: A New Legacy - 2021

Space Jam: A New Legacy - 2021
Movie Info

Rating: PG


Age-appropriateness: mild language, cartoonish violence


Overview: A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game. LeBron learns that, in order to be a great parent, he's got to let his son be himself.


Themes: sports, basketball, friendship, teamwork, focus, work ethic, family, personal interests, selfishness, identity, respect, kingship, hope, optimism, sacrifice

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Personal interests. Do your parents push you to do something that you aren't super interested in? What hobbies or activities do you wish your parents took more of an interest in?

  • Kamiyah encouraged LeBron to affirm his younger son, Dom, in areas other than basketball. Even though Dom built a video game when he was just 12 years-old, LeBron was still pushing him to work hard at basketball.


2. Work ethic vs. fun. Do you think your hobbies and interests should be fun or just hard work? Is it possible that it can be both?

  • LeBron repeatedly said, "if you want to be great, you have to put in the work". Dom played video games because he thought they were really fun. Meanwhile, LeBron grew up thinking that basketball was supposed to be serious work. Dom says that his dad makes him hate basketball, because he forces Dom to play and it's not fun.


3. Love of the Father. How much does your Father God love you? Do you think there's ever anything you could do that would make Him stop loving you?

  • Al G. Rhythm kidnaps Dom in order to get LeBron to help his technology. LeBron immediately does whatever he can to protect his son. LeBron loves his son and will do whatever it takes to save him. God, our Heavenly Father, loves us like crazy and will never stop pursuing us. 1 John 3:1 talks about God the Father's love for us: "See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him."

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Kamiyah encouraged LeBron to affirm his younger son, Dom, in areas other than basketball. Even though Dom built a video game when he was just 12 years-old, LeBron was still pushing him to work hard at basketball. Do your parents push you to do something that you aren't super interested in? What hobbies or activities do you wish your parents took more of an interest in?


2. Al G. Rhythm was an artificial intelligence  that wanted to use LeBron James to get the recognition and respect that he thinks he deserves. He takes advantage of LeBron's skills and influence in order for his tech to be even more awesome. Al's motivations were selfish. Selfishness is caring more about yourself than you care about others. Philippians 2:3 says, "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves." How often do you act out of selfishness? How can you be more humble, thinking of others better than yourself?


3. LeBron repeatedly said, "if you want to be great, you have to put in the work". Dom played video games because he thought they were really fun. Meanwhile, LeBron grew up thinking that basketball was supposed to be serious work. Dom says that his dad makes him hate basketball, because he forces Dom to play and it's not fun. Do you think your hobbies and interests should be fun or just hard work? Is it possible that it can be both?


4. Al G. Rhythm convinced all of the Looney Tunes, outside of Bugs Bunny, to get on a rocket and see what's in the rest of the Serververse. Bugs said that Rhythm "made them turn their backs on who they really were." Have you ever forgotten who you were? Did anyone ever convince you to do something that you wished you hadn't done?


5. Al G. Rhythm affirms and supports Dom. He recognizes Dom's talents and notices how LeBron ignores his son's technical skills. Al G. says that he will always support Dom's computer programming skills,, even if LeBron doesn't. Why do you think Al G. was so focused on encouraging Dom? How do you think Al G. Rhythms' affirmation made Dom feel?


6. LeBron tells the Tune Squad to do things his way on the court. He says that it's "my way or the highway." While Bugs and the Looney Tunes want to have fun, LeBron says they need to stop laughing and focus on the fundamentals. Bugs responds by saying, "Oh, so you're that kind of king?" They were in a computer, somewhere far away from the real Earth. Meanwhile, King Jesus also said His Kingdom wasn't like the Earth that we know: "Jesus answered, 'My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.'" (John 18:36). What type of King do you think Jesus is? Why do you think the Kingdom of Heaven is different from life on Earth?


7. LeBron comes to realize that the Tune Squad isn't doing well because he's trying to force everyone to be like him. He's not letting them use their own, individual strengths and gifts. He also realizes he's been treating his son, Dom, the same way. Why do you think teams don't work well when everyone is forced to be exactly like the leader? In what way are your gifts and strengths different from other people?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:02 LeBron's coach encourages him to focus on basketball and to avoid distractions. His coach says that LeBron has to work really hard in order to do something really special. LeBron wasn't focused in his game and it ended up costing him on the court. What are you most focused on in life? What distractions are keeping you from working hard and staying focused?


:13 When Dom's game crashes, his father encourages him. LeBron says, "Setbacks happen. Adversity is part of the process. If you're passionate about something, you've got to learn how to push through it." 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 talks about adversity when it says, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed." What adversity are you currently experiencing? How can you overcome it?


:24 Al G. Rhythm kidnaps Dom in order to get LeBron to help his technology. LeBron immediately does whatever he can to protect his son. LeBron loves his son and will do whatever it takes to save him. God, our Heavenly Father, loves us like crazy and will never stop pursuing us. 1 John 3:1 talks about God the Father's love for us: "See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him." How much does your Father God love you? Do you think there's ever anything you could do that would make Him stop loving you?


:36 LeBron asks Bugs why he chose to stay in Tune World. Bugs says, "it's the only place where I can be me. It's where I belong." What places feel most like "home" to you? Why do you feel like you belong there?


:45 Wonder Woman tells Lola Bunny, "A warrior is judged not only by her skills, but by her values." It doesn't matter how talented you are - without character and integrity, you won't achieve anything great. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when it’s hard. How often do you feel like you are judged by your values? Why do you think integrity is more important than talent?


:54 Dom gets upgraded by Al G. Rhythm. Al G. says that this is the way for Dom to finally get the respect of his father. He also says that fathers only care about power. Jesus said that true respect and greatness doesn't come from obtaining power. Jesus said that it comes with humility. Matthew 23:11 says, "The greatest among you must be a servant." What are some ways to get other people's respect? Why do you think that true greatness comes from serving others?


1:07 LeBron sees that he'll be playing against his son, Dom, in the basketball game. LeBron is frustrated that his son has been manipulated by Al G. Dom relates to Al G. because he works really hard and people don't notice him. What do you think LeBron and Dom are feeling like in this moment? Do you ever feel like you work really hard, but no one notices?


1:18 At halftime, the Tune Squad was feeling incredibly discouraged because they were losing by so much. Lola Bunny was the only person who kept hope and remained optimistic. She said, "The Tune Squad never gives up."  Ephesians 1:18 speaks to the hope we should always have: "I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance." How can you maintain a hopeful outlook, no matter how bad things look? What does it look like to "never give up"?


1:31 Frustrated by the results of the game, Al G. says something really mean to Dom. He says, "Maybe your dad was right. Letting you be you was a mistake." How do you think this made Dom feel? Has someone said something equally mean to you?


1:34 LeBron apologizes to his son, recognizing that he was wrong and wasn't always the best father. He promises to let Dom be himself. When you recognize you are wrong, how quickly do you apologize? Why is it important to let people be themselves?


1:44 Bugs Bunny was willing to do the step-back glitch move, knowing he'd get deleted. Bugs was willing to sacrifice Himself in order to save the rest of the team and to win the game. He said that "taking care of the people you love is fundamental." Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself so that we could be saved from our sin. Our sin separates us from God and there's nothing we can do to make things right. But Jesus loved us so much He took the punishment for us. John 3:16 says, "For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." Why do you think Jesus was willing to sacrifice Himself for you? How much must God love you, knowing that He was willing to give up His one and only Son?