Everybody's a critic - 'Like Mike'

Friday, July 12, 2002

Four stars

What a fun movie this is! Calvin is a child growing up in an orphanage and gets a pair of donated shoes that supposedly belonged to Michael Jordan. The shoes get zapped by lightning -- as does Calvin -- and they become magical (supposedly).

Calvin ends up playing pro basketball and helping his team go to the top even though at the crux of the game his shoes fall apart and he has to wear normal shoes (So much for magic, eh?). He and one of his orphaned buddies get adopted by one of the players on the team. That's about all there is to the plot, folks, but it is presented so well you get involved and find yourself cheering for Calvin and his buds.

The message in this story is that if you want to accomplish something all you have to do is try and believe.

-- Michelle Chavez, customer service

Three-and-a-half stars

It is easy to say "I like Mike" because I do love the movie "Like Mike."

This movie is easily one of the most charming family films I have seen in a long time. Bow Wow (no longer Lil) has got his acting chops. He defiantly has that very young Will Smith vibe and he gives respect to the Fresh Prince.

The only disappointment I had with the movie, (Did you think I was going to be ALL sweetness and light? Ha!) is with the audience. I heard a woman tell her husband she didn't want their 8-year-old daughter to see this movie because the rapper Bow Wow has questionable values.

This isn't about the rapper. It's about a orphan boy named Calvin who with the help of magical sneakers finds the one thing he has always wanted: a family.

Bow Wow has a Will and a way.

-- Rhon Abraham, certified nurse's assistant

Two-and-a-half stars

Why didn't they send me to critique "Men in Black II?" I asked myself. Admittedly, I did not want to see this movie. I had no desire to see a young hip hop artist in a very overdone script.

Pleasant surprise: This kid's got "game."

Teen hip hop sensation Lil Bow Wow (who acts better than he "sings") plays Calvin Cambridge, a 14-year old orphan who finds an old pair of sneakers with the initials "M.J" inside. He suddenly is gifted with NBA-level basketball skills and is signed to a pro contract.

Yes, the script has been recycled, but this movie has very little to do with basketball or hip hop music. Lil Bow Wow and the supporting cast give us an interesting twist to the plot, which is both heartwarming and unexpected.

If this movie were a book, I would call "Like Mike," an easy, yet an enjoyable read.

-- Bill Foster, store manager

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