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In this throwaway kiddie fantasy, rude, sulky 12-year-old Max (Francis Capra) accidentally unleashes a centuries-old rapping genie (basketballl superstar Shaquille O'Neal) from a boom box. The story is cobbled together from the the usual set of troubled-kid cliches and topped off with the de rigueur be-true-to-your-own-heart moral. It's probably just passable...read more

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In this throwaway kiddie fantasy, rude, sulky 12-year-old Max (Francis Capra) accidentally unleashes a centuries-old rapping genie (basketballl superstar Shaquille O'Neal) from a boom box. The story is cobbled together from the the usual set of troubled-kid cliches and

topped off with the de rigueur be-true-to-your-own-heart moral. It's probably just passable for children, but adolescents won't sit still for this bland mixture of mediocre jokes and soft-core action. Shaq turns out to be a warm and attractive screen presence, but Capra is a singularly unengaging

child. And it's hard to ignore the unpleasant implications of a scenario that involves a small white boy lording it over an African-American man twice his size.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: In this throwaway kiddie fantasy, rude, sulky 12-year-old Max (Francis Capra) accidentally unleashes a centuries-old rapping genie (basketballl superstar Shaquille O'Neal) from a boom box. The story is cobbled together from the the usual set of troubled-ki… (more)

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