Pint sized rapper Lil Bow
Wow (Calvin Cambridge) stars in this piece about a young orphan's fascination
with basketball and desire to become a member of a loving family. Surrounded
by a small group of friends at the orphanage, life changes drastically when he
discovers a pair of Nike sneakers in a welfare bin with the initials MJ on
them in faded ink.
Convinced that this great find is indeed the
childhood sneakers of none other than Michael Jordan,
combined with the fact that he is hit by lightning when retrieving the shoes
from a phone line, Calvin suddenly displays an unnatural ability to play
basketball better than anyone on the planet. A freak chance to play against
one of NBA's finest arises and when he defeats him on the court, Calvin
becomes an overnight sensation and is signed to the NBA!
What follows is the thrills and spills as a
young man comes to terms with playing the game he loves in the biggest theatre
of them all against his idols. Aside from the fact that this is clearly aimed
at a younger audience, there is something in it for the entire family to enjoy
as the show truly has a lot in it and is thoroughly enjoyable.
Fans of the NBA will be pleasantly surprised
to see many of the current NBA lineup present in the movie in both on and off
the court scenes. Although a strictly bubblegum affair in terms of plot and
storyline, Like Mike is sufficient to keep you in your seat laughing along
with it all the way through. The interaction between Lil Bow Wow and his adult
contemporaries is truly funny and the kid makes good on his acting debut. This
movie shows that he truly has talent as opposed to merely a part of this
slickly produced movie. I would be very keen to see him in some more
challenging roles in the future.
The transfer of the DVD is clear and crisp
making the most of the format. Whilst using 5.1 surround, I did find that it
was not present throughout the entire feature, however when it did kick in, it
complemented the movie.
For you DVD freaks out there, you have got to
take advantage of the extras on this DVD! They are all brilliant and
informative but the commentary blows it all into the water in terms of sheer
entertainment value. Director John, Schultz, Lil Bow Wow and Jonathan Lipnicki
undertake the talking chores and I must confess that I have never heard an
audio commentary being undertaken by kids. It adds an entirely different
dynamic to the commentary and is a lot of fun to listen to.
Like Mike Features
- Director's Audio Commentary
- Original Documentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Trina Music Video
- Theatrical Trailer
- Teaser Trailer
- Hidden Featurette
- Theatrical Press Kit