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Like Mike
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2002
I saw Bow Wow's movie Like Mike on it's debut day,July 3rd.The movie defintely gets two thumbs up for me...too bad I wasn't born with an extra thumb because then it would get 3! The movie isn't all about basketball....Bow Wow also has his mind set on finding a family to adopt him in the movie so it's not all about ball!This movie is for kids and grown-ups(they thre Morris Chestnut in there!)The movie is funny,sad,and many more. Go see it for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
While I'd seen, and loved, this movie many years ago as a child, I just knew my basketball loving son would adore it! He was so excited to see a young Bow wow in this adorable comedy movie doing all those tricks and special basketball moves. He told me that he wanted to be a kid NBA player now that he's seen Like Mike. Even after it was over he couldn't stop talking about it. So if your kid(or you!) loves sports movies, especially basketball, then this is golden! Yes, it's an older movie, but you'll love it like it's brand-new!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
My son watches this on my kindle everyday. I introduced it to him several weeks ago and he loves it. I would recommend to any one who has kids that enjoy sports.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2003
What a great movie! This movie has a great story line, is very uplifting, and has a nice ending. I enjoyed the movie as much as the kids. Not only can Lil' Bow Wow sing but he can also act. Morris Chestnut also turned in a great acting job. He was extremely convincing as an NBA star. This is just an all around good movie! You won't be disappointed....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2014
It's hard to find movies for my preteen son that are PG. We had 8 boys over for a party and they watched this, and they all loved it. It has a good story line, and if your kids like sports, they will like this one. It has a similar feel to the more recent "Thunderstruck."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
Not a 5 star movie but it is very funny and we could all use a good laugh. And most importantly you can watch this one WITH the kids. Robert Forester is great as the NBA head coach. And Little Bow Wow is sensational. Kind of like angels in the outfield.
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on February 13, 2003
I didn't have high hopes for this film. It seemed to be a gimmicky Hollywood cookie-cutter, with the flavor of the month in the leading role. True, the film had these elements; however, due to superb writing, this movie broke the Hollywood mold.
The main characters have their personalities, but the secondary characters are able to stand on their own. The were more than place holders; they were actually people. I think the key moment is when Calvin's friend Murph puts on the shoes, hoping to be able to play like Mike. Token eccentric Crispin Glover (George McFly) plays the evil manager of the orphanage with a subtle flair. He is like Brendan Frasier or Peter Weller-they all have talent; it's just tricky to find good roles for them.
This movie is a nice family movie. It reinforces the values of diversity-the old talent of Tracy Reynolds with the new talent of Calvin Cambridge, and also Calvin's friendship with Asian Reg Stevens and Caucasian Murph. It has subtle elements of reconciliation-Tracey reconciles with Calvin, Tracey reconciles with his estranged father, and Calvin reconciles with the bully Ox. This movie is also about living your dreams, and working toward a worthy goal. And that you cannot beat!
I have only two objections to this movie. The first is obvious: whoever thought that having a kid climb a tree to grab shoes off a wire should be shot! Especially climbing a tree in the rain during an electrical storm! The wet shoes would conduct electricity, and be grounded through Calvin's body, ending the story before it began. And beyond the bad physics, this is absolutely the wrong thing to show in a family movie.
Two replacement ideas for this rather dumb scene are as follows: They could have the adventurers look up at the sneakers, and Calvin want to get the shoes, but Murph say that it is dangerous to climb wires, and then have the wind blow the sneakers down. This would get the shows down, and replace the galvanizing symbolism of electricity with the subtle inspiration symbolism of wind. You get the power of myth without the power of bad example.
The other option would be to eliminate the electricity altogether. You could have Calvin put on the shoes, and just begin playing better-a la Cinderella. This would make the story a bit more ambiguous and more intriguing. Is it the shoes, or is it Calvin's power of faith?
My second beef with this film is that it reinforces the idea that they way out of the ghetto is on the basketball court or in the studio recording rap music. They way out of the ghetto is the same as the way out of the trailer-park, and it involves being realistic, learning a marketable skill at school, and developing a obsession with drudgery. I know this is a fantasy film, but all myths need to be gounded in some reality, or they become meaningless.
3 stars-It's a good film, but the "live wire" scene is inexcusable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2003
OK, so two of our children watched the movie and liked it. I guess it was made for them, and at that level is not that bad, but it's not a great one for parents to endure. If you want glowing reviews, check the under-12 review section.
This is the story of an orphan who gets picked on by bigger guys. He comes across some shoes that have "MJ" initialed in them. When he puts them on he becomes the best basketball player in the world, humiliating today's current stars, who all seem to be having a good time in the movie.
Two reasons it can't get more stars than me. Maybe the kids have not seen countless films with exactly the same plot, so for them it's pretty fresh. But this is the same old story of a very bad team getting some new factor added to their chemistry that makes them winners. When the new factor is there, they all play way above their former levels. When the new factor is not available, they all stand around not knowing what to do. And there is a big game at the end, where the factor showing up or not, instead of everybody continuing on their own merits becomes the big concern. And on and on.
But that doesn't bug me so much. Part of the economy of Hollywood consists of the need to put out new products every week, and there are only so many original ideas. It's not art, but it keeps people employed and young ones who don't know any better occupied for awhile.
What does bother me is when the factor introduced to make the team a winner gives them an unfair advantage. "Angels in the Outfield" did the same thing. In that movie, balls were caught that shouldn't have been, and hits were made that shouldn't have been. As rewards come with winning, it means that the team that has just won with this unfair advantage, and the losing team, with more talent, does not get these rewards. Also, in the case of this movie, who is the player who has to work hard, but get benched when a little kid with magic shoes bumps him out of the lineup?
Finally, the writers have to be careful when constructing the "factor" that makes the play better. What if the kid found a bottle of magic pills that did the same thing? That would be a big no-no, as we start getting into performance-enhancing-drug territory. But then, if drugs are banned because they can give an unfair (if short-term) advantage, aren't magic shoes in the same territory? Or angels? Or flubber? I hate to be a spoil-sport on this, but I think these movies teach kids to look for the gimmick to win, instead of working hard, which is what it's going to take in real life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2003
Great flick! Rented it from the library on a whim because I saw that Robert Forster was in it. Surprisingly good. Well acted and directed. The ending made me cry I am embarassed to say (tears of joy).
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