Like Mike

Rated NR

Instant basketball star, just add used sneakers. A pint-sized orphan with octopus-like braided hair becomes lead point guard for the L.A. Knights all because of a pair of beaten up basketball shoes. 15-year-old rapper, Lil' Bow Wow, makes his acting debut as the relentless dreamer standing 4 feet 8 inches tall who can sink three-pointers, do high-flying slam-dunks, and dribble around his opponents with his tongue hanging out like the #23 Wizards player once he dons the magical footwear. Of course in every far-fetched rudimentary kids flick there must be a villain. Enter Crispin Glover, the greedy and goofy modern-day Miss Hannigan who will stop at nothing for a few extra bucks. Also, there must an unsuspenseful shot at the buzzer, a montage of potential adopting parents, a slam-dunk contest and a fair amount of sentimental cheese, which is Morris Chestnut's cue to play the mentoring father-figure and teammate. But despite the endless cliches and ludicrous premise, this juvenile film by John Shultz is surprisingly charming mainly due to the performance by Lil' Bow Wow who might not need to quit his day job after all.

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