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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Smith
Alex Krilov ...
Krilov
David Brown ...
Jones
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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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Calvin - Voll am Ball  »

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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 footage of the game shown when Calvin and his friends tie up Mr. Bittleman is actually from the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest which Vince Carter won. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Party Up
Written by DMX (as Earl Simmons) and Swizz Beatz (as Kasseem Dean)
Performed by DMX
Courtesy of Rush Associated Labels
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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