By: Vinny Orlando
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.
- 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
- 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
- Tom Tolbert
- Hannah Storm
- Ahmad Rashád
- Kenny Mayne
- Rich Eisen
- Pat Croce
Relation To History Class/ Future Of Movies
Ratings/ Other Information
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.
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