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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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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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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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3 July 2002 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$51,432,423 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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The mystical shoes in the movie come from the Salvation Army thrift store. See more »

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When Calvin takes on Stacey when his seat number is called the clock is set at 60 seconds, however there are two clocks and they are unsychronised. See more »

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Tracey Reynolds: Calvin, I think you should stick to basketball. You know why? You can't rap!
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Referenced in Danville 2nd Ward Young Men: High Adventure 2014 (2014) See more »

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Going Out of My Head
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by Fatboy Slim
Courtesy of Skint Records Ltd/Astralwerks Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
(Contains a sample of "I Can't Explain"
by Yvonne Elliman
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises)
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Not Bad For Its Type
19 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An unusually strong supporting cast (including Crispin Glover, Robert Forster, Eugene Levy and Anne Meara) enlivens this simple family comedy built around the appealing young actor Lil' Bow Wow. He plays an orphan who, upon finding a magical pair of sneakers, becomes an NBA superstar and in the process befriends another player (Morris Chestnut) with his own family problems. Bow Wow will have an appeal to children of various ages because his own age seems indeterminate; he can act like a teenager (managing various relationships in the orphanage, rallying his teammates) or a pre-teen (gorging himself on so much food he gets sick, saying his prayers at bedtime); and his winning smile makes him non-threatening to adults. There's absolutely nothing that isn't predictable here and the film itself culls themes and sequences from other family films such as `Home Alone' and `E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'. There's also nothing objectionable either: it's barely above the level of a Disney Channel movie so kids will gobble it up, which isn't a bad thing. The NBA had a hand in making the film in an obvious attempt to improve its bad boy image, and naturally most of the real players come off as kindly, caring and ready to perform good works. (Fortunately, there are exceptions: Allen Iverson doesn't play cute and Gary Payton treats Bow Wow as an equal on the court, making him pay.) Not bad for its genre--that supporting cast definitely helps, especially the always-welcome Glover and Levy--but hardly memorable.


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