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Like Mike

Like Mike

4.6 11
Director: John Schultz

Cast: Lil' Bow Wow, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki


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Pint-size rap music star Lil Bow Wow shows that he can play ball as well as he raps in this youth-oriented comedy about a young boy whose dream comes true in an unexpected way. Calvin Cambridge (Lil Bow Wow) is a 14-year-old boy, who, since the death of his parents, has been living in an orphanage run by the unpleasantly eccentric Stan Bittleman (Crispin Glover).


Pint-size rap music star Lil Bow Wow shows that he can play ball as well as he raps in this youth-oriented comedy about a young boy whose dream comes true in an unexpected way. Calvin Cambridge (Lil Bow Wow) is a 14-year-old boy, who, since the death of his parents, has been living in an orphanage run by the unpleasantly eccentric Stan Bittleman (Crispin Glover). While the tough but caring Sister Theresa (Anne Meara) tries to encourage the kids, Calvin knows that he and most of the other kids his age are poor prospects for adoption. Calvin loves basketball and idolizes Michael Jordan, but he's too short to be much of a challenge to the older kids when shooting hoop at the playground. One day, Calvin discovers a pair of old basketball sneakers with the initials "MJ" written on the inside. Calvin is convinced they once belonged to Michael Jordan, but he can hardly believe what happens when he puts them on -- suddenly he's able to make superhuman jump shots and dunks just like a miniature version of Air Jordan himself. Calvin's newly developed talent on the court comes to the attention of Frank Bernard (Eugene Levy), the manager of the Los Angeles Knights, an NBA team having a humiliating season. Bernard brings Calvin to the team as a novelty item, but with the help of Coach Wagner (Robert Forster) and the new kid's can-do attitude, the Knights start to climb out of the cellar and look like possible season champs. However, Tracey Reynolds (Morris Chestnut), who used to be the team's star player, isn't happy to have his thunder stolen by a 14-year-old boy -- especially when he's made Calvin's roommate and de-facto guardian on the road. Like Mike also features cameo appearances by a number of pro basketball stars, including Allen Iverson, Chris Webber, and Jason Kidd.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
For anyone with hoop dreams, this fantasy is a slam-dunk. Child rapper Lil' Bow Wow stars as Calvin, a 13-year-old orphan whose life is transformed by a magical pair of sneakers that give him astounding basketball abilities. This pint-sized Michael Jordan is signed by the hapless Los Angeles Knights as a publicity stunt, becomes a sensation, and even forms a friendship with the team's sullen and selfish star, Tracey Reynolds (Morris Chestnut). Kids will cheer on the good-hearted Calvin as he triumphs on and off the court. Adding to the fun are cameos by such real-life NBA superstars as Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, and David Robinson. Scoring off the bench: Eugene Levy (American Pie) as the Knights' enterprising promotions director; Robert Forster as the team's nurturing, no-nonsense coach; Jonathan Lipnicki (Stuart Little) as Calvin's best friend; and Jesse Plemons as Calvin's nemesis from the orphanage. With its heartwarming story and hilarious game footage that recalls the flubber-enhanced antics in the original The Absent-Minded Professor, Like Mike is a real winner for the whole family.
All Movie Guide
This fantasy gives the Nike catch phrase "It's gotta be the shoes" a whole new meaning. Transposing Rookie of the Year's pipsqueak-in-the-pros formula to basketball, Like Mike rides an astonishingly natural performance from rapper Lil Bow Wow all the way to easy grins and harmless escapism. The idea of a 14-year-old in the NBA also has an ironic timeliness, as the feature was released in an era in which the sport was coming under fire for enticing teenage athletes to skip college. As a socially responsible children's movie, however, Like Mike makes sure to include footage of Calvin Cambridge continuing to do his homework, even as he's on the road with the team, trailed by a media circus. (Less commendable is the copycat-prone scene in which Calvin gets zapped while fishing the sneakers in question from an electrical wire). Though it contains more establishing shots of its primary product tie-in (L.A.'s Staples Center) than actual jump shots, Like Mike does mostly have its priorities in order. With real player Spud Webb having demonstrated that height is not an absolute prerequisite for NBA success, the concept isn't even that far-fetched, though its execution is hardly seamless, with the dunking Calvin looking jerkily airlifted toward the basket. Lil Bow Wow holds the shakier moments together with a grounded performance, his doe eyes expressing volumes of excitement and disappointment. He also buries his instinctual rapper machismo, embracing the film's kiddie focus. Notable supporting performances include Crispin Glover, whose oddball tics are a pleasure in such a mainstream movie, and Jonathan Lipnicki, who still seems barely to have aged in the six years since Jerry Maguire.
San Francisco Chronicle
One of the summer's pleasant surprises.

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20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lil' Bow Wow Calvin Cambridge
Morris Chestnut Tracey Reynolds
Jonathan Lipnicki Actor
Robert Forster Actor
Crispin Glover Actor
Allen Iverson Himself
Eugene Levy Actor
Brenda Song Reg
Jesse Plemons Ox
Julius Charles Ritter Marlon
Anne Meara Actor
Pat Croce Actor
Michael Finley Actor
Lethon Flowers Actor
Steve Francis Actor
Jason Kidd Himself
Tracy McGrady Actor
Alonzo Mourning Actor
Steve Nash Actor
Dirk Nowitzki Actor
Gary Payton Actor
Jason Richardson Actor
David Robinson Actor
Takeo Spikes Actor
Reggie Theus Actor
John Robert Thompson Actor
Rasheed Wallace Actor
Gerald Wallis Actor
Chris Webber Actor
Kevin Garnett Himself
Vanessa A. Williams Pharmacist

Technical Credits
John Schultz Director
Anne Fletcher Choreography
Pete Antico Stunts
Peter E. Berger Editor
Teresa Caldwell Co-producer
Kristen Davis Set Decoration/Design
Colin de Rouin Set Decoration/Design
Jermaine Dupri Co-producer
Michael Elliot Original Story,Screenwriter
Mary Jane Fort Costumes/Costume Designer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Billy Gottlieb Musical Direction/Supervision
Garrett Grant Co-producer
Peter Heller Producer
Barry Josephson Producer
L. King-Devoreaux Stunts
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Michael Mauldin Co-producer
Shawn Maurer Cinematographer
Jordan Moffet Screenwriter
John Pace Editor
Suzette Sheets Set Decoration/Design
Adam Silver Executive Producer
Reggie Theus Consultant/advisor
Arlan Jay Vetter Production Designer
Gregg Winik Executive Producer
John R. Zachary Art Director


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Like Mike 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 8 years old and saw the movie at the theatre, I really like basketball and would love to find sneakers like that. My favorite part was the slam dunk contest, when lil Bow Wow did Michael Jordan's dunk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Mike is not just a basketball movie for boys. My 8 year old daughter had me rent the movie so many times I bought it. I love to watch it with her, and only stopped crying after the first 3 times. What a feel good movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey my nane is carliss james and I went to see (Bow Wow's) wonderful movie me and my friends their names are chasity, tenisha, raedawn, jared, brian,including me my name is Carliss James we enjoyed the movie in fact during the movie I made a couple of outbursts like when (Morris Chestnut)adopted (Bow Wow) I said oh thats so sweet and immediately after the movie I got up and did the ''Harlem Shake'' and every won was looking at me in United Artist and when I finished I said that was for Bow Wow. My teacher name is Darious Carter and everyone I mean everyone says that Morris Chestnut is his twin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was outstanding. When he slam dunks it looks really fake! But it was a good movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Mike was the best basketball movie I have seen since Space Jam. I thought that Bow Wow did a great job protraying an orphan and that you could see some of your favorite NBA stars in the movie. One question to the production staff: WHERE IS MICHAEL JORDAN?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonthan Lipnicki had two films out last summer and this was the first. But Lil' Bow Wow as the lead as an oprhan who discovers a pair of sneakers that was owned by Michael Jordan. As the movie opens, Calvin Cambridge (Lil' Bow Wow) who loves basketball. But soon he finds a pair of sneakers but his rival doubts the sneakers was owned by Michael Jordan and throws the sneakers on to a powerline. Calvin has met the coach of the L.A. Knights and was told that there is ticket's wating for him for a game on a Sunday. During the night, Calvin and Murph (Jonthan Lipnicki) goes out to get the sneakers in the rain, but the shoes are struck by lighting. And he and Murph goes to the game, and Calvin has the winning ticket to go up against Tracey. Where he out plays Tracey and he gets signed to increase attentance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This really is a cute movie. My son and I went to see it (he had already seen it once) and I was really surprised. I kept me interested and didn't have anything objectionable in it. You never know what to expect with PG but it was just good-old fashioned fun. This would make a good Christmas present for younger boys and any sports-minded children. Very cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
bow wow is sooooo cute in this movie. he looks like a professional basketball player!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like mike is a very good book the main people in the movie are calvin tracy well thats all i know check it out.