Like Mike (2002)



Critic Consensus: A pleasant and innocuous diversion for kids, but adults may have trouble sitting through the movie's predictable plotlines and schmaltz.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for brief mild language)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Jordan Moffet, Michael Elliot, Michael Elliott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 10, 2002
Box Office: $51.4M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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as Marvin Joad

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as Potential Parent

as Rasta Woman

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as Mr. Williams

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as Announcer

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Critic Reviews for Like Mike

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (30)

[A] summer-weight but winsome basketball fantasy.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Director John Schultz's movie is as lame and predictable as you'd imagine, and it's chock full of orphanage cliches.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Associated Press
Top Critic

Bow Wow makes an impressive film debut; parents and children will love Calv's plucky can-do attitude; and the action sequences are given a little more oomph due to the presence of real life basketball pros.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As predictable as a Lakers championship.

August 1, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

A valueless kiddie paean to pro basketball underwritten by the NBA.

Full Review… | July 11, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

As with too many studio pics, plot mechanics get in the way of what should be the lighter-than-air adventure.

Full Review… | July 11, 2002
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Like Mike


Full review sometime between now and 2050.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer


Fun if a little unfocussed. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer


You know, when a company decides to make a movie about a kid playing professional basketball, they're basically saying "We're desperate!" This movie is ridiculous, it's unoriginal, it's badly acted. Basically, it's one of the worst sports movie of all time, and this is coming from a person who loved "The Fan" and "Mr. 3000".

The worst part about the movie might be the script. It sounds like it was written by 2002, rap obsessed 5th graders. It was laughable AT BEST.

Also, the acting wasn't very good. Even Jonathan Lipnicki and Eugene Levy from "American Pie" weren't very good. But I have to say that the lowlight must go to Lil Bow wow. It's clear the kid strongly believes he's "gangster". NOTE: I have yet to see "Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift", so he might have gotten better.

The whole story is extremely predictable. Kid goes to orphanage, kid learns how to play basketball, kid get's adopted by basketball player: THE END! Never before have I seen such appaling lack of creativity.

I will admit there is one thing this movie is really good at: Stealing pbits and pieces from great sports movies to make their own. Basically, this is "Angels in the Outfield" meets "Rookie of the Year" meets "The Sandlot". Sandlot and Angels are good on their own, but NOT good mixed together.

Face it directors. You guys lack the creativity to get even a B in ART CLASS!

Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

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