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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.
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.Read more ›
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Love the movie. Got my order in good time.
I have loved this movie for years and recently shared it with my 6 year old daughter, who thought it was hilarious! I unashamedly cry like a baby at the end every time. :-)Published 4 months ago by Jennifer L. Carlson
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