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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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Michael Elliot (story), Michael Elliot (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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:

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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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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 Calvin first enters the locker room his hair is alternately up/down between shots. 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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Pulling the old Teen Wolf trick
3 November 2008 | by ed_two_o_nineSee all my reviews

This is a formulaic kinds movie in all senses where you can see every script movie coming a mile away but still manages to be harmless fun. Little Bow Wow plays an orphan who is given a pair of basketball shoes that he believes belonged to Michael Jordan and in turn give him unbelievable skills that he ends up getting signed by the LA Knights NBA team. There are the Normal lesson s of morality and family values you would expect from this kind of movie which thankfully the child actors do not lay on to thick. Moris Chestnut does well in the father figure role and there is able support from Crispin Glover (I bet he regrets asking for so much money that he got written out of 'Back to the Future 2) and Robert Forster (thank god QT saved him), which all results in the inevitable bit not disappointing ending. Would I watch it again? Only with kids present.


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