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Pint-size rap music star Lil Bow Wow shows that he can play ball as well as he raps in this youth-oriented comedy about a young boy whose dream comes true in an unexpected way. Calvin Cambridge (Lil Bow Wow) is a 14-year-old boy, who, since the death of his parents, has been living in an orphanage run by the unpleasantly eccentric Stan Bittleman (Crispin Glover). While the tough but caring Sister Theresa (Anne Meara) tries to encourage the kids, Calvin knows that he and most of the other kids his age are poor prospects for adoption. Calvin loves basketball and idolizes Michael Jordan, but… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] summer-weight but winsome basketball fantasy."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"As predictable as a Lakers championship."
‑ Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"Lil Bow Wow in family friendly fantasy."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"There's no joke about the wretchedness that is Like Mike--except the cruel one on anyone who gets suckered into watching this crap."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Though it doesn't exactly offer any great shakes in terms of plot or character development, the film's entertaining enough to be watched by kids and adults alike."
‑ David Nusair, Apollo Guide
"Director John Schultz's movie is as lame and predictable as you'd imagine, and it's chock full of orphanage cliches."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"A valueless kiddie paean to pro basketball underwritten by the NBA."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"It's formulaic stuff but done with enough gusto to entertain."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A fantasy fable that should keep everyone in the family entertained."
‑ Neil Smith,
"This irritatingly feeble basketball movie for kids is co-produced by the NBA, for whom it is pretty candidly designed as a giant feature-length commercial."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Bow Wow makes an impressive film debut; parents and children will love Calv's plucky can-do attitude; and the action sequences are given a little more oomph due to the presence of real life basketball pros."
‑ , Time Out
"As with too many studio pics, plot mechanics get in the way of what should be the lighter-than-air adventure."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"There's no excuse to come within a hundred feet of a screen playing this monstrosity of a movie."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"...Full of stereotypical characters, plot holes, and unconvincing dialogue delivered by a host of so-so actors..."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"[A] dire sports film."
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