Get those sneakers on tight, because the action's moving out of the Arena and onto the Street! In this slam-dunk sequel to the hit film Like Mike, those legendary, magical high-tops find their way into the eager young hands of a pint-sized basketballer who dreams of rising to the top of the fast, fun and no-holds-barred world of high-stakes "Streetball"!
Die-hard hoops fan Jerome Jenkins Junior gets no respect at the local court, because he's too young, too slow, and worst of all?too short. But when he puts on a mysterious pair of sneakers, he's suddenly able to dribble, drive, and dunk like a champ! Jerome's rise to streetball fame seems unstoppable! But when it threatens to alienate his family and friends, Jerome realizes there's a high price to pay to be crowned the King of Concrete!
Jerome Jenkins Jr. (Jascha Washington, Big Momma's House
) is a normal 12-year-old. That shouldn't be a problem, except he wants to be king of the neighborhood court, so he'll do whatever it takes to get bigger and better--wear ankle weights, hang upside down, etc. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mom, Lydia (Enuka Okuma, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
), and cousin, Ray (Kel Mitchell, Kenan & Kel
). Back in the day, dad J.J. (Michael Beach, Third Watch
) was the local hoops legend, but he choked in a crucial game and failed to make pro. Now he's known as "The Choker." Jerome wants to make everyone forget by becoming the best. As in the first film, a cross between Cinderella
and a Nike commercial, a pair of Michael Jordan's old kicks materializes just when he needs them most. An electrical storm brings them to life and Jerome becomes "like Mike" with the roundball. Like most direct-to-DVD sequels, Streetball
is essentially a lower-budget remake. The good news is that Washington, taking over from rapper Bow Wow, is a likable lead and the new story is actually less preposterous than the original, in which the NBA signs a 14-year-old. Young b-ball fans are sure to be entertained by the tale of a regular kid who gets a taste of stardom, while the older set should seek out Hoop Dreams
or Love and Basketball
for a more mature look at the sport. --Kathleen C. Fennessy