Fourteen-year-old orphan Calvin Cambridge dreams of being a famous professional basketball player. But his diminutive stature and limited ability make this goal a far-off fantasy. Or is it? When Calvin dons a pair of old sneakers, with the faded initials "M.J." inscribed inside, he displays amazing hoop skills, and leads a struggling NBA team to victory.
A 13-year-old orphan named Calvin (Lil Bow Wow) turns around the fictional Los Angeles Knights pro basketball team, courtesy of a pair of magic sneakers that he finds. Calvin's new powers are observed when he wins a chance to shoot against a spoiled N.B.A. star during a half-time stunt. Naturally, he's asked to join the team. The successful kid rapper Bow Wow is a talented actor whose boyish eagerness here is a marked contrast to his taciturn rappadocio. The director's breezy steadiness keeps the movie from hitting us over the head — well, not too hard, anyway, no small feat since the steroid-juiced sentimentality of the ending may force some to flee before the outtakes unspool under the credits. — Elvis Mitchell
2002-07-03 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Like Mike