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Like Mike (2002)

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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Calvin (as Lil Bow Wow)
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Marvin Joad (as Roger Morrissey)
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Henderson (as Timon Kyle)
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David Brown ...
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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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Think like Mike, Achieve like Mike, Be Like Mike. See more »


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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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3 July 2002 (USA)  »

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Calvin - Voll am Ball  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$51,432,423 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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Trivia

Cedric the Entertainer was offered a role but turned it down to do Barbershop (2002) instead. See more »

Goofs

After the game there are balloons of various colors on the court, yet only red, white, and blue balloons were previously shown hanging in the rafters, ready to drop. See more »

Quotes

[Bittleman is playing electronic chess in his van]
Frank Bernard: Mr. Bittleman?
[Bittleman jumps, sending his chess game flying]
Frank Bernard: Playing checkers, I see.
Stan Bittleman: [disappointed] I was about to win.
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References Slam Dunk Ernest (1995) See more »

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Funky Cold Medina
Written by Matt Dike, Michael Ross and Marvin Young
Performed by Tone Loc
Courtesy of Delicious Vinyl
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Every kid's dream
31 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Playing basketball in the schoolyard and with friends is one of the most fun times in our lives as children. The courts are always a welcoming place for both experts and novice, and one where learning and fun are the crux. Like Mike brings the dreams of all our youth and broadcasts it. Living vicariously has never been better.

Whether it's the food service, free merchandise or simply having trivial matters no longer be worrisome, playing in the NBA is a dream we all have, albeit for different reasons. Coming from an orphanage, hard work is vital for success (as it is in most cases). When in a position where you're given the reins, you must capitalize. When given MJ's shoes, you make it count.

Like Mike is a fun movie. From the very first scene on the playground to the climactic finish, it's the tale about kids being kids, but still managing to play out their dreams.


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