Like Mike 2002

Like Mike

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

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Fourteen year old, hoops-loving Calvin Cambridge (Lil' Bow Wow) has a dream: to be a famous basketball player -- to mix it up among the NBA's greatest. But in a game dominated by giants with unparalleled athletic abilities, Calvin's diminutive stature and limited skills, make this a far-off fantasy. Or is it? After he laces up a mysterious pair of old sneakers inscribed with the faded initials MJ, Calvin makes the leap from playground hijinks to NBA superstardom...

Cast & Crew

Shad "Bow Wow" Moss
Calvin Cambridge
Morris Chestnut
Tracey Reynolds
Robert Forster
Coach Wagner
Crispin Glover
Stan Bittleman
Eugene Levy
Frank Bernard
Brenda Song
Reg Stevens
Anne Meara
Sister Theresa
Michael Elliot
Writer (Screenplay)
Jordan Moffet
Writer (Screenplay)
Michael Elliot
Writer (Story)
Adam Silver
Executive Producer
Gregg Winik
Executive Producer
Garrett Grant
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Shawn Maurer
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Critic Reviews for Like Mike

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (42)

  • [A] summer-weight but winsome basketball fantasy.

    March 25, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Director John Schultz's movie is as lame and predictable as you'd imagine, and it's chock full of orphanage cliches.

    March 25, 2008
  • 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • A fantasy fable that should keep everyone in the family entertained.

    September 2, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
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  • This irritatingly feeble basketball movie for kids is co-produced by the NBA, for whom it is pretty candidly designed as a giant feature-length commercial.

    January 6, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As predictable as a Lakers championship.

    August 1, 2002

Audience Reviews for Like Mike

  • Jan 10, 2012
    Gosh, it's bad, real bad. I can't be bothered to write anything else for it.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2011
    Fun if a little unfocussed. Full review later.
    Thomas B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2011
    An overlooked and underrated sports film with strong acting performances and accurate pop culture references
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer

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