Like Mike

July 3rd, 2002


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A 14-year-old orphan becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 4.5/10 (6,901 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: John Schultz

Stars: Bow Wow, Jonathan Lipnicki, Morris Chestnut

Calvin and his friends, who all live an in orphanage, find old shoes with the faded letters MJ connected to a powerline. One stormy night, they go to get the shoes when Calvin and the shoes are struck by lightning. Calvin now has unbelievable basketball powers and has the chance to play for the NBA.

Writers: Michael Elliot, Michael Elliot

Bow Wow - Calvin Cambridge (as Lil Bow Wow)
Morris Chestnut - Tracy Reynolds
Jonathan Lipnicki - Murph
Brenda Song - Reg Stevens
Jesse Plemons - Ox
Julius Ritter - Marlon (as Julius Charles Ritter)
Crispin Glover - Stan Bittleman
Anne Meara - Sister Theresa
Robert Forster - Coach Wagner
Eugene Levy - Frank Bernard
Roger W. Morrissey - Marvin Joad (as Roger Morrissey)
Timon Kyle - Henderson
Stephen Thompson - Smith
Alex Krilov - Krilov
David Brown - Jones

Taglines: Think like Mike, Achieve like Mike, Be Like Mike.

Release Date: 3 July 2002

Filming Locations: First Union Center - 3601 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,179,420 (USA) (7 July 2002) (2410 Screens)

Gross: $51,432,423 (USA) (17 November 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The footage of the game shown when Calvin and his friends tie up Mr. Bittleman is actually from the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest which Vince Carter won.

Errors in geography: While playing against the Miami Heat in a "home" game, banners for the Philadelphia Phantoms are visible in the rafters meaning the scene was filmed in Philly, not LA.

Dirk Nowitzki: Can you sign this? It's for my niece.
Calvin Cambridge: Sure. What's her name?
Dirk Nowitzki: Uhhh... Dirk.

User Review

Keep the film in perspective

Rating: 8/10

I just finished watching "Like Mike" with my 7 year old son and he loved it. On a scale from 1-10 I gave it an 8. I must admit I was partial on the vote because it reflected my son's enjoyment. I think some should remember that this was a kid's movie and shouldn't take it so seriously. I enjoyed the flow and even though it was obviously very predictable let's not forget the target audience for this film. "Like Mike" was enjoyable and warm and perfect for your FAMILY film night, as it was intended in the first place.