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Like Mike

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Lil Bow Wow in family-friendly fantasy.

Movie PG 2002 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

It was ok

This movie was ok. It had some parts that I was cringing at. There are a couple kids in the orphanage that are bullies and had several scenes with confrontation that seemed a bit tense for my five year old. My son also didn’t like the man who ran the orphanage. There was a scene where the kids taped him to a chair and left him and that was a bit much. There are also some scenes where the adult male talks about trying to be alone in a hotel room with a lady that I was hoping my kids didn’t pick up on because I wasn’t in the mood to have that conversation. I also wasn’t ready for some of the language. Damn and a few more words are used a couple times. I thought I heard the A word but not totally sure because I was making popcorn and was not going to rewind it to double check. My kids loved the basketball element of the movie and laughed at several parts.
age 18+

its about..young boy. ..dream..

this good..for our..chidren

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

LIKE MIKE has a formula intended for box-office heaven – a teen idol into a family-friendly fantasy. The best thing about the movie is its surprisingly able cast of supporting players, including Robert Forster as the coach and Eugene Levy as the team's publicist. Chestnut is real leading man material. LBW himself has a lot of charm. A number of NBA greats make brief appearances.

The script is right out of the Hollywood formula box, with everything from two different "shoes not there at the crucial moment" scenes and important lessons about teamwork to the winning shot going into the basket just as the buzzer goes off. It's a combination Air Bud and Absent-Minded Professor. The movie is oddly edited with some plot holes. We never find out what went wrong in Tracey's relationship with his father and we get very inconsistent information about his relationships with a couple of different women. The resolution with Bittleman is offscreen and unsatisfying, and many of the kids are still left without parents at the end of the movie.

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