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.

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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). 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG (for brief mild language)
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Bow Wow
as Calvin Cambridge
Morris Chestnut
as Tracy Reynolds
Brenda Song
as Reg Stevens
Robert Forster
as Coach Wagner
Crispin Glover
as Stan Bittleman
Eugene Levy
as Frank Bernard
Julius Ritter
as Marlon
Anne Meara
as Sister Theresa
Vanessa L. Williams
as Pharmacist
Allen Iverson
as Himself
Chris Webber
as Himself
Jason Kidd
as Himself
Lil Bow Wow
as Calvin Cambridge
Kevin Garnett
as Himself
Tucker Smallwood
as Mr. Reynolds
Roger Morrissey
as Marvin Joad
Alex Krilov
as Krivov
David Brown
as Jones
Peter Moret
as Sloan
Josef Canon
as Segretti
Vanessa A. Williams
as Pharmacist
Pat Croce
as Himself
Michael Finley
as Himself
Steve Francis
as Himself
Tracy McGrady
as Himself
Steve Nash
as Himself
Dirk Nowitzki
as Himself
Gary Payton
as Himself
David Robinson
as Himself
Takeo Spikes
as Himself
Gerald Wallis
as Himself
Reggie Theus
as Interviewer
Valarie Pettiford
as Mrs. Boyd
Roqui Theus
as Younger Boyd Daugther
Doug MacMillan
as Security Guard
Basil Wallace
as Drill Sergeant Dad
Courtney Black
as Drill Sergeant Mom
Christine Mitges
as Musical Theater Mom
Stephen Holland
as Musical Theater Dad
Susan Chuang
as Hallmark Mom
Craig Tsuyumine
as Hallmark Dad
Fred Armisen
as New Age Dad
Nona D. Simpson
as Trucker's Wife
Sterfon Demings
as Potential Parent
Keiann Collins
as Rasta Woman
Julie Brown
as New Age Mother
James McManus
as Mr. Williams
Rick Ducommun
as Dad Outside Arena
Arielle Peterson
as Kid With Dad No. 1
April Peterson
as Kid With Dad No. 2
Daniel Stone
as Fan `Coach Sucks'
Geoff Witcher
as Announcer
Sybil Azur
as Cheerleader No. 1
Kimi Bateman
as Cheerleader No. 2
Diana Carreno
as Cheerleader No. 3
Faune A. Chambers
as Cheerleader No. 4
Karen Elmore
as Cheerleader No. 5
Staci Flood
as Cheerleader No. 6
Stacey Harper
as Cheerleader No. 7
Sandra McCoy
as Cheerleader No. 8
Udee McGeoy
as Cheerleader No. 9
Sarah Smith
as Cheerleader No. 10
Addie Yungmee
as Cheerleader No. 11
Hayley Zelniker
as Cheerleader No. 12
Bobby Pappas
as Young Man at Tracy's
Amissa Miller
as Ice Cream Waitress
Sarah Whalen
as Daisy Daye
Jimmy Kimmel
as Client in Commercial
Lance Barber
as Director in Commercial
Jon Edwin Wright
as Coach No. 1
Dwayne Foster
as Coach No. 2
Tyrone Merriweather
as Coach No. 3
Sloan Fischer
as Young Orphan No. 1
Coltrane Isaac Marcus
as Young Orphan No. 2
Bobby Hall
as Trainer No. 1
Curtis McCoy
as Trainer No. 2
Joe Crawford
as Referee
James R. Platt
as Referee No. 1
Wayne 'Spoon' Witherspoon
as Tarmac Supervisor
Corey Holcomb
as Trucker Dad
Tyler T. Romary
as TV Delivery Man No. 1
Sunni Ali Powell
as TV Delivery Man No. 2
Charlie Schultz
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for Like Mike

All Critics (97) | 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.

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 23, 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
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer


Fun if a little unfocussed. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
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 Lewis
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

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