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Like Mike (2002)

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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

Writers:

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 ... 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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Taglines:

Think like Mike, Achieve like Mike, Be Like Mike. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$51,432,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,274,780
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1.85 : 1
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While playing against the Miami Heat in a "home" game, banners for the Philadelphia Phantoms are visible in the rafters meaning the scene was filmed in Philly, not LA. See more »

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Coach Wagner: How could we lose to the BULLS?
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Features Space Jam (1996) See more »

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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyric by Martin Charnin
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A good, clean movie that's fun for kids of all ages.
3 July 2002 | by paul_supercalaSee all my reviews

Like just about every other recent pop star before him, Lil' Bow Wow has landed the starring role in a major motion picture. Unlike the rest of them, he has managed to carry a good, clean family film. There's nothing too offensive here and kids of all ages (at least from the test screening) seemed to eat it up. While it's not terribly original (see "Rookie of the Year"), it's not trying to re-invent kids' movies, it's just trying to entertain in a fun, safe way, which it does.

Bow (Mr. Wow?) has enough boyish charm and enough charisma to show what could be a promising acting career in addition to his duties as a rapper. Morris Chestnut ("The Brothers") does well as an unwilling mentor who becomes a father figure to the orphaned boy. Crispin Glover is pretty creepy as the greedy "caretaker" of the boy, and Robert Forester and Eugune Levy both have humorous bit parts. Funny cameos by famous basketball players with obviously little acting skills give it an authentic feel.

While this probably won't do too well with critics, that's not who it was made for. The target audience is young kids and it will work for them. Parents won't have to worry about anything objective, except a questionable scene where Bow climbs an electrical wire in a rainstorm to recover his shoes. It's entertaining for kids and passable for adults taking their children. If this sounds good to you, you'll probably like it. If not, it wasn't made for you anyway.


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