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At Theaters: 7/3/2002 On Video: 12/10/2002
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409935
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Calvin Cambridge, has been through it all so many times before: It’s another "prospective parents day" at the orphanage. But, today will be like all the others, and Calvin will end it with his best friends Murph and Reg on the backyard basketball court. He’ll shoot hoops while fantasizing about his dream of someday playing in the NBA and hope that next time his dream of finding a family will come true.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy - It's a simple and predictable little comedy with some good laughs and a few touching moments. While it has a decent amount of humor it's not totally a comedy. It should certainly appeal to younger viewers and be somewhat enjoyable to most adults.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Lil Bow Wow Singer
Morris Chestnut TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME, THE BROTHERS, THE BEST MAN
Jonathan Lipnicki THE LITTLE VAMPIRE, STUART LITTLE
Robert Forster JACKIE BROWN
Crispin Glover CHARLIE'S ANGELS
Eugene Levy DOWN TO EARTH, AMERICAN PIE, ALMOST HEROES
Director: John Schultz DRIVE ME CRAZY
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
From Rap Star to Movie Star
The NBA
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Damn 3 times, Sucks once
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: One chase scene and some basketball scenes.
COMEDY: A fair amount of humor. Quite a few laughs and chuckles.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Below Average "There are snoring jokes, room-service jokes, and the noisy thunk of a plot when Calvin gets his sneakers stolen. The kid, quite understandably, wants to keep on flying, but ''Like Mike'' barely gets off the ground.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Below Average "...a soulless jumble of ineptly assembled cliches and pabulum that plays like a 95-minute commercial for NBA properties.  Boys under the age of nine (or thereabouts) will, for the most part, enjoy this movie. But, as I have said in countless other reviews of bad children's flicks, it's in the nature of kids not to be discriminating. Adults who accompany their offspring to the local multiplex will be thrown into a state of abject despair.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "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. ...the movie overcomes its lack or originality in the setup by making good use of its central idea, that a pair of sneakers could make a kid into an NBA star. This is a message a lot of kids have been waiting to hear.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Diminutive rapper Bow Wow is better than a lot of non-actors who've wangled leads in major studio releases, but it's better not to oversell the earnest energy he brings to Like Mike. Pleasant but not more than recycled jock piffle, the movie is a basketball variation on 1993's Rookie of the Year, a kids' baseball comedy that lifted the premise of 1954's Roogie's Bump.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 147 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
42
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
16
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
31
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
22
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
26
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

As predicted, children loved "Like Mike." Most teens also enjoyed it very much. Adults rated it a little higher than I predicted, which is always good to see.

With these high opinions from all age groups, "Like Mike" is a movie I can easily recommend, especially as a great family film!

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This is a fun little comedy with some decent laughs and a few touching moments. It's pretty much what you expect from the previews. It had a little less comedy than I expected, but it was still entertaining.

I believe most moviegoers will be pleased with "Like Mike." The younger moviegoers will almost certainly enjoy it more than adults and will probably rate it "Excellent" to "Fantastic." I predict adult opinions will be primarily in the "Good" to "Very Good" range.

If you go to movies and all you expect from them is to be entertained then you will almost certainly enjoy "Like Mike." If you go to movies expecting in-depth characterizations and an intriguing plot, this movie probably isn't for you.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Fourteen year old, hoops-loving Calvin Cambridge 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 ... hitting 25-foot jumpers, making behind-the-back passes and slamming home devastating dunks. Along the way, Calvin teaches his incredulous All-Star roommate and teammates a few non-hoops-related lessons.
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