Like Mike

2002, Kids & family/Comedy, 1h 39m

97 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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...

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  • 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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