Like Mike

By: Vinny Orlando


Like Mike is a 2002 American Comedy film directed by John Schultz and written by Michael Eliiot and Jordan Moffet. It stars Lil' Bow Wow, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki, Brenda Song, Robert Forster, Crispin Glover, and Eugene Levy. It was produced by NBA Productions and features many NBA stars like Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, and Chris Webber. The film was released on July 3, 2002, by 20th Century Fox.


Calvin Cambridge and his two best friends, Murph and Reg Stevens, are teenage orphans. At night they have to sell chocolate for the orphanage director, Stan Bittleman, after each home game of the Los Angeles Knights.

Calvin meets the team's coach, who is impressed by Calvin's knowledge of basketball and honesty about the chocolates, and offers Calvin tickets for the next game. Calvin obtains a pair of old sneakers from a thrift store reportedly used by a great basketball player when he was a boy. The shoes have the initials MJ on them, so Calvin thinks they belonged to Michael Jordan.

Calvin's sneakers are taken by a bully named Ox who throws them onto an overhead power line. Calvin tries to retrieve them that night in a rainstorm and gets shocked by a lightning bolt.

Calvin and his friends attend the basketball game between the Knights and the Minnesota Timberwolves . After the second quarter ends, the team's best player, Tracy Reynolds, prepares for a halftime contest. Calvin's ticket number is called and he goes one on one with Tracy. Calvin ends the contest with a dunk after bouncing the ball off the backboard. Reg and the crowd give Calvin a standing ovation. Calvin is signed to a one-day contract by the Knights. Calvin prepares for his first game with the Knights, but realizes that he is not there to play. When the Knights play the San Antonio Spurs they start losing badly and Coach Wagner decides to let Calvin play in the fourth quarter. Calvin leads a comeback against the Spurs and they win, which leads to Calvin getting a season contract. Reynolds becomes his mentor since Calvin is a minor. Calvin brings teamwork to the Knights and makes them one of the best teams in the league. Tracy starts to respect Calvin after Calvin gets himself into trouble when making sure that Tracy didn't miss curfew.

Bittleman signs a contract with the team that all of Calvin's money will go to him until Calvin is eighteen, or adopted. When the second option is about to become true, Bittleman steals Calvin's shoes and bets 100,000 dollars against the Knights.

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Like Mike (2002) Official Trailer # 1 -Bow Wow HD


  • Lil' Bow Wow as Calvin Cambridge
  • Jonathan Lipnicki as Murph
  • Brenda Song as Reg Stevens
  • Morris Chestnut as Tracy Reynolds
  • Eugene Levy as Frank Bernard
  • Crispin Glover as Stan Bittleman
  • Jesse Plemons as Ox
  • Robert Forster as Coach Wagner
  • Julius Ritter as Marlon
  • Anne Meare as Sister Theresa
  • Fred Armisen as New Age Dad
  • Julie Brown as New Age Mom
  • Vanessa William as Pharmacist
  • Jimmy Kimmle as Client in Commercial
  • John Mitchell Jones as NBA Player
  • Reginald VelJohnson as Mr. Boyd
  • Valarie Pettiford as Mrs. Boyd
  • Reggie Theus and Geoff Witcher as the Knights Announcers

NBA Players

  • Vince Carter
  • Micheal Finley
  • Steve Francis
  • Allen Iverson
  • Jason Kidd
  • Desmond Mason
  • Alonzo Mourning
  • Tracy McGrady
  • Steve Nash
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Gary Payton
  • Jason Richardson
  • David Robinson
  • Gerald Wallace
  • Rasheed Wallace
  • Chris Webber

NBA Reporters

  • Tom Tolbert
  • Hannah Storm
  • Ahmad Rashád
  • Kenny Mayne
  • Rich Eisen
  • Pat Croce
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Relation To History Class/ Future Of Movies

I think this relates to history class and what we are learning because I think this is what people used to watch for sports movies back in 2002 and below. I also think this is the concept that the future sports movies based all of their modern movies about. I also think this relates to history because it sort of ties in with all of the future talk and with some of the past movie talk that we have been talking about in class. I think in the future sports movie writers will look back at this movie and see what they could do to bring back some of the concepts in this movie. Overall I think that this movie affected the future of all sports movies and will continue to affect the sports movie industry.

Ratings/ Other Information

The film received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a rating of 57%, based on 97 critics, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A pleasant and innocuous diversion for kids, but adults may have trouble sitting through its predictable plotlines."On Metacritic, it has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews"

Box Office

The film opened at #5 with a 3-day amount of $12,179,420 from 2,410 theaters for an average of $5,054 per venue, and a $19,018,444 amount since its Wednesday launch. It closed with a final amount of $51,432,760. Overseas the film made $10,842,020, for a total worldwide amount of $62,274,780, making it a financial success. It costed $30 million to make.

My Reaction

I personally really liked working on this project because I always loved watching this movie when I was a kid and I learned a lot from it. I also liked learning all the stuff and money that it took to make this movie. My personal favorite part of this project was getting to look back at what the movies were like back in 2002 and I loved watching it again, it brought back a lot of memories. I would definitely do this again and I want to learn more and more about Like Mike.

Works Cited

"Google." Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.

"Like Mike." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.

Oldhollywoodtrailers. "Like Mike (2002) Official Trailer # 1 -Bow Wow HD."YouTube. YouTube, 08 Jan. 2013. Web. 23 May 2016.

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