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curated: ‘Shazaam,’ starring Sinbad, the movie that doesn’t exist


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  • Bluejay

    If the film is from an alternate timeline then can I go there now please and if it’s a matrix glitch then can we have a complete shutdown and reboot now please thank you.

  • althea

    The article is surreal. I remember this film – although I didn’t see it, I definitely remember its existence. If we were all mistaken about the star, that would make some sense. If you’d asked me, I wouldn’t have been able to remember if it was Sinbad or Shaq, and wouldn’t have remembered there were two movies. But to find no film that matches all the clear memories? Hogwash. And all those naysayers who think the false memory spread from person to person? Also hogwash. It wasn’t a successful film (who thought it would be?) – hardly a common topic of discussion.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Why would you assume that timeline in which Sinbad starred as a genie is a low budget kids movie is a better one?

  • Bluejay

    Shazaam! A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a film… that does not exist.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    uh… ok?

    It’s not that hard to understand. As a kid, I had some vivid, distinct memories of scenes and dialog from the first two Star Wars movies that are nowhere to be found in any known version of the films. Some of these memories came from ancillary materials (such as “The Story of Star Wars” LP/book that I listened to over and over), some was just misremembering.

    Now, get a bunch of people to try to remember something related to an actual thing, but only half-remembered anyway, add a dash of unwillingness to admit error, bake it in Reddit culture, and you get “Shazaam”, the catch phrase of DC’s Captain Marvel, not a genie movie starring Sinbad.

  • Danielm80

    To quote Rupert Giles, “Because it has to be.”

  • Danielm80

    If you told me that one of Debbie Gibson’s hits was sung by Tiffany, I’d probably believe you.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Now I need to find the source of “What if this is the best possible timeline?”

  • Tonio Kruger


  • Bluejay

    Fake review. The only two comments, both by the review writer, are from 2017. And the article itself is tagged with “false memories” and “Mandala effect.”


  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Are you for real?

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Even better:

    When all is said and done, the final wish had to be that Shazaam never came into their lives, the package was never delivered, and indeed none of it ever happened — the kids retain their memories of something that technically never existed, of course… just like the audience. (wink-wink, nudge-nudge)

    Shazaam will probably never be remembered as a great movie… or for that matter, really remembered at all.

    It’s also the only review on the Moviecrypt site from 1994… or any year prior to 1998 (when they posted all of two reviews). Methinks someone’s having a bit of fun, but still wants plausible deniability from people like Kevin (if that is indeed his real name).

  • Clearly a joke. Which you know because you’re the one who wrote it.

  • He’s the writer who wrote the review.

  • Kevin *is* GrimD.Reaper.

  • Dr. Rocketscience
  • Dr. Rocketscience

    I owe you an apology, sir. Well played.

  • Far be it from me not to perpetuate an urban myth.

  • Actually, that would be “Shazam!” with one-less “a.” The movie starring Sinbad has three.

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