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Teenage rap sensation Lil Bow Wow makes his feature film debut in this "surefire heart-warmer" (Los Angeles Times) about an orphan boy named Calvin who lives out his dream of playing in the NBA—with a little help from a magical pair of sneakers! Soon after he laces up the mysterious high-tops, Calvin's amazing basketball skills land him a spot on the Los Angeles Knights team. In addition to hitting 25-foot jumpers and throwing down rim-rattling slam dunks, the small superstar sets his sights on another dream...having a family. But first he and his pals must defeat Bittleman, the orphanage headmaster trying to sabotage Calvin's career and dash his hopes of ever being adopted. Filled with high-flying fun and hilarious hijinks, Like Mike will have your whole family cheering into overtime!


Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • "Off the Hook and On the Set" featurette
  • "Bow Wow's Bow" featurette
  • "Basketball" music video

Product Details

  • Actors: Shad Moss, Jonathan Lipnicki, Morris Chestnut, Brenda Song, Jesse Plemons
  • Directors: John Schultz
  • Writers: Jordan Moffet, Michael Elliot
  • Producers: Adam Silver, Barry Josephson, Garrett Grant, Gregg Winik, Jermaine Dupri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SFL7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Like Mike" on IMDb

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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "lilbowwowchick04" 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 By I. Westray on February 6, 2003
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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 By Shikapooh 22 on April 16, 2014
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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 By Vachick on February 26, 2014
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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 By Wild on January 2, 2003
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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 By Freerdr on March 18, 2014
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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 By submariner on October 17, 2013
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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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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.
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