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Surprisingly, um, likeable
on February 6, 2003
This movie isn't worth too much thought. It's basically one of those Disney live action things we saw as kids in a "cafetorium" while sitting cross-legged -- you know, the ones with the short beforehand that started with the paintbrush "painting in" the wildlife setting? ("In the Spraaaang, the young otters retahrn to Bahr Coun-tree...") Anyone who ever saw "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" will recognize the tone and plot of the "Like Mike" instantly.
The performances are pretty good, though. Despite straight-as-an-arrow writing that has no surprises, you get people like Eugene Levy in the supporting parts. You get some fun cameos from real NBA players, and you get Crispin Glover as a truly creepy villain for a movie like this. The coach of l'il Bow Wow's team does a decent job with little to go on, and aside from Glover the adults and kids in the movie interact pretty credibly. Nobody's a complete idiot -- that's kind of unusual in a kids' movie, now I think of it. The movie's well-cast and well-acted, for what it is.
Most of all, though, you get Morris Chestnut's performance as Tracy, the NBA player assigned to keep track of the kid phenom. Chestnut really made the movie for me. He took the sort of role that could have been career death, and he made the movie. He's good enough that I looked him up afterward, to see what else he'd done.
Anyway, if you do happen to have kids who would like to see this one, don't assume you won't be able to sit through it with them. It's got its points.