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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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John Schultz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shad Moss ... Calvin (as Lil Bow Wow)
Morris Chestnut ... Tracy Reynolds
Jonathan Lipnicki ... Murph
Brenda Song ... Reg Stevens
Jesse Plemons ... Ox
Julius Ritter Julius Ritter ... Marlon (as Julius Charles Ritter)
Crispin Glover ... Stan Bittleman
Anne Meara ... Sister Theresa
Robert Forster ... Coach Wagner
Eugene Levy ... Frank Bernard
Roger W. Morrissey ... Marvin Joad (as Roger Morrissey)
Timon Kyle Durrett ... Henderson (as Timon Kyle)
Stephen Thompson Stephen Thompson ... Smith
Alex Krilov Alex Krilov ... Krilov
David Brown David Brown ... Jones
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baschetii fermecati See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,179,420, 7 July 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,432,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,432,423
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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When Clavin wins the contest his ticket says seat 2 when he is sitting in seat 1. See more »

Quotes

Calvin Cambridge: Did I come here to play, or did I come just for a show?
Coach Wagner: You were only here tonight to increase attendance, not to play.
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Referenced in Banana City Ballers (2017) See more »

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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyric by Martin Charnin
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Not Bad For Its Type
19 July 2002 | by bix171See 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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