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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Ox
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Marlon (as Julius Charles Ritter)
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Marvin Joad (as Roger Morrissey)
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Henderson (as Timon Kyle)
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Alex Krilov ...
Krilov
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

The exterior is that of the Staples Center but the interior of the Knights' home arena is that of the Great Western Forum, the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers. See more »

Goofs

When the News was on when they first were talking about Calvin, and the Calvin character is 14 years old. The News reporter says "He's Lean, he's mean, he's 13." She says he is 13, when really he is 14. See more »

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Coach Wagner: How could we lose to the BULLS?
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.25 (2016) See more »

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Feel the Beat
Written by Jaakko Salovaara and Darude (as Ville Virtanen)
Performed by Darude
Courtesy of Strictly Rhythm Records LLC, Neo Records Ltd. and Stargate Music Oy/16 Inch Records
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Excellent sports film for kids
22 August 2008 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this a 10 because in its genre it shines - it really is a great sports movie for kids! Lil Bow Wow is great, very natural, and very likable and the supporting cast all do their thing and make this inoffensive, entertaining, and we found lot of reasons to smile broadly.

With LOADS of basketball any kid that likes the game will be happy - of course, teams and players will change, but this is still really fun.

It reminded me of the old Disney films where magic, or experiments, gave some special powers and poof! sit back and watch time....

Absolutely recommended for kids and parents alike... we all loved this and would watch again.

Best thing I can say is that the kids just wanted to run out in the garden and play ball afterward, which is a pretty positive result!!!


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