Like Mike

Directed By: John Schultz Starring: Morris Chestnut

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Teenage rap sensation Lil Bow Wow makes his feature film debut in this "surefire heart-warmer" (Los Angeles Times) about an orphan boy named Calvin who lives out his dream of playing in the NBA?with a little help from a magical pair of sneakers! Soon after he laces up the mysterious high-tops, Calvin's amazing basketball skills land him a spot on the Los Angeles Knights team. In addition to hitting 25-foot jumpers and throwing down rim-rattling slam dunks, the small superstar sets his sights on another dream...having a family. But first he and his pals must defeat Bittleman, the orphanage headmaster trying to sabotage Calvin's career and dash his hopes of ever being adopted. Filled with high-flying fun and hilarious hijinks, Like Mike will have your whole family cheering into overtime!

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40174945
UPC 024543057024
UPC 14 00024543057024
Format DVD
Release Date 8/10/2004
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 795
Keywords
Basketball Stars
Fantasy
Fantasy Worlds
Kids Adventure
Teenage
Teenagers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Fourteen-year-old Calvin Cambridge (Lil' Bow Wow) spends his days at the orphanage waiting to be adopted and shooting hoops with his best friend, Murph (Jonathan Lipnicki). When he starts to wear a pair of sneakers that used to belong to a famous basketball player and bear the initials M.J.--ostensibly those of basketball legend Michael Jordan--Calvin's wildest dreams begin to come true. The 4'8" teenager is suddenly an unstoppable force on the basketball court and soon finds himself an indispensable member of the LA Knights, a floundering NBA team. As long as Calvin has his magic sneakers, he believes he can do anything and be "like Mike." Ultimately, despite his newfound fame and fortune, Calvin still yearns for a family to call his own. Morris Chestnut stars as Tracey Reynolds, Calvin's mentor on the Knights team, and Crispin Glover is sufficiently creepy as Bittleman, the greedy head of the orphanage. Basketball fans will love the game footage and multiple cameos from real NBA stars like Allen Iverson and Jason Kidd. Rap star Lil' Bow Wow is impressive in his film debut, and also contributes songs to the soundtrack.
Reviews
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Lil' Bow Wow] is confident and relaxed on the screen, engaging, and has good moves on the basketball court..." 07/03/2002 p.44
Sight and Sound "...[Lil Bow Wow is] a rare pre-adult performer who manages to hold the spotlight without seeming precocious....Director John Schultz keeps the tone light and playful..." 12/01/2002 p.50
Directors
John Schultz
Actors
Morris Chestnut
Cast & Crew
Anne Meara - Actor
Eugene Levy - Actor
Forster, Robert - Actor
Crispin Glover - Actor
Jonathan Lipnicki - Actor
Lil Bow Wow - Actor
Morris Chestnut - Actor
Reginald VelJohnson - Actor
Robert Forster - Actor
John Schultz - Director
Shawn Maurer - Director of Photography
Peter E. Berger - Editor
John Pace - Editor
Gregg Winik - Executive Producer
Adam Silver - Executive Producer
Richard Gibbs - Musical Score
Peter Heller - Producer
Barry Josephson - Producer
Arlan Jay Vetter - Production Designer
Jermaine Dupri - Song
Da Brat - Song
Lil Bow Wow - Songs
Michael Elliot - Writer
Jordan Moffet - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 2005702
UPC 00024543057024
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1/4:3
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...Rapper Lil' Bow Wow (who has since dropped the "Lil' ") is responsible for a lot of the movie's success. He is confident and relaxed on the screen, engaging, and has good moves on the basketball court. In a role that could have been deadly with the wrong kind of kid actor, he's the right kind, a no-nonsense professional who wisely plays the fantasy as if it were real.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Lil Bow Wow
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times A well-crafted film carefully thought out in all its aspects...
Mack Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Like Mike shoots and scores, doing its namesake proud.
WFLD-TV, Chicago Fun for the whole family!
Neil Smith, BBCi ...a fantasy fable that should keep everyone in the family entertained.
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up!

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