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Like Mike (2002)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  3 July 2002 (USA)
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A 14-year-old orphan becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin (as Lil Bow Wow)
Julius Ritter ...
Marlon (as Julius Charles Ritter)
Roger W. Morrissey ...
Marvin Joad (as Roger Morrissey)
Henderson (as Timon Kyle)
Alex Krilov ...
David Brown ...


Calvin and his friends, who all live an in orphanage, find old shoes with the faded letters MJ connected to a powerline. One stormy night, they go to get the shoes when Calvin and the shoes are struck by lightning. Calvin now has unbelievable basketball powers and has the chance to play for the NBA. Written by Jerry Smith

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Only real ballers watch this movie. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Calvin - Voll am Ball  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,179,420 (USA) (5 July 2002)


£1,242,842 (UK) (17 January 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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The mystical shoes in the movie come from the Salvation Army thrift store. See more »


A huge Milwaukee Bucks sign reveals that the Raptors/Knights game was played in The Bradley Center where the Bucks play, not the Staples Center. See more »


Dirk Nowitzki: Can you sign this? It's for my niece.
Calvin Cambridge: Sure. What's her name?
Dirk Nowitzki: Uhhh... Dirk.
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References Annie (1982) See more »


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Written by Marques Houston (as Marquis Houston), Jerome Jones, Kelton Kessee (as Kelton Kesse),
Tony Oliver, Ketrina Askew, Solange Knowles
Performed by Solange Knowles (as Solange) featuring B2K
Courtesy of Music World Music/Columbia Records and Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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15 December 2002 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching "Like Mike" with my 7 year old son and he loved it. On a scale from 1-10 I gave it an 8. I must admit I was partial on the vote because it reflected my son's enjoyment. I think some should remember that this was a kid's movie and shouldn't take it so seriously. I enjoyed the flow and even though it was obviously very predictable let's not forget the target audience for this film. "Like Mike" was enjoyable and warm and perfect for your FAMILY film night, as it was intended in the first place.

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