A wish-fulfillment basketball epic for the ages with major NBA cameos, effortless charisma by a career-making Bow Wow child performance, saccharine father-son/orphanage characterization, parabolic anti-materialism themes, and plenty of comedy/action, Like Mike is one of the best sports movies in years and the best basketball movie since Space Jam. 8.2/10.
Plot Synopsis: Fourteen year old, hoops-loving Calvin Cambridge (Lil’ Bow Wow) has a dream: to be a famous basketball player — to mix it up among the NBA’s greatest. But in a game dominated by giants with unparalleled athletic abilities, Calvin’s diminutive stature and limited skills, make this a far-off fantasy. Or is it? After he laces up a mysterious pair of old sneakers inscribed with the faded initials MJ, Calvin makes the leap from playground hijinks to NBA superstardom.
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