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Like Mike

children & family, comedy, sports

When a hoops-loving fourteen year old finds a mysterious pair of old sneakers, he makes the leap from playground hijinks to NBA superstardom.

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common sense

ON for kids age 7
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Lil Bow Wow in family friendly fantasy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is a surprising amount of abuse and cruelty by adults in this movie. Bittleman lies, cheats, calls Ox an idiot, and forces the children to sell candy outdoors late at night. He burns Murph's only photo of his mother. Some kids may be upset by the orphanage and by Tracey's estrangement from his father. Make sure kids know that they must stay away from power lines and lightning. And make sure that kids know that room service is not free!

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about where the power really came from. Why did Calvin want a nickname? Why, when he wanted a family so badly, did Calvin reject some of the people who wanted to adopt him? What is a mentor, and how do you find one or become one? How much of what made Calvin a basketball star was in the shoes, and how much was in his heart?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 25
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Slick piece of cross-promotion.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Wednesday, July 3, 2002


- Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK], Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Director John Schultz's movie is as lame and predictable as you'd imagine, and it's chock full of orphanage cliches.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

A really bad movie that get's two courtesy stars due to hilarious NBA cameos, mainly one by Dirk Nowitzki and another by Gary Payton. This movie is actually depressing, orphanage? Jonathan Lipnicki is so small and pitiful looking and clearly cannot refrain from making odd mouth gestures when he talks. I want to feel sorry for the orphans in the movie but their acting is as bad as the Charlotte Bobcats in a playoff hunt.

- Chiefilms, Thursday, March 4, 2010

2 stars

i hate to admit it but this is a decent movie.

- LoughnerWasLucid, Sunday, May 31, 2009

2 stars

Calvin finds an old pair of trainers that enables him to play basketball.

- thmtsang, Saturday, September 1, 2007