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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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Calvin first enters the locker room his hair is alternately up/down between shots. See more »


[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 »


Put Me On
Written by Alicia Keys, Kerry Brothers (as Kerry Brothers Jr.), Ronald Miller (as Ron Miller),
Bertram Charles Reid, Woody Cunningham and Norman Durham
Performed by Mario
Courtesy of J Records, LLC
(Contains interpolations from the compositions of "I'll Do Anything For You" and "Intimate Connection")
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Magical Nikes OK with me
14 May 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Like Mike was one of those fun family movies. I never had high expectations of the movie going in and subsequently I was pleasantly surprised. It is no masterpiece, but it is definitely a worthwhile-piece. Bow-Wow was decent as was the script. The movie held an even keel throughout, never getting too dull, but also never having any real riotous moments. Obviously the movie was a bit of a fantasy with a boy finding mystical shoes that gave him the skills of Michael Jordan; but hey, that is what made the movie as good as it was. I like the idea of using a kid as opposed to an adult so as to make the movie more entertaining. In fact, it reminds me of a story I wrote for a sixth grade project. All-in-all, a good movie, certainly better than average.

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