Child actors mingle with real-life sports stars and snake the way through the madness that is plot to come out on the other side with a message for the audience. As Calvin and his friends attend the aforementioned Knights game, he is picked from the audience to start a one-on-one game with one of the Knights star players. Was pleased seeing a young rapper placed in a non-stereotypical role that valued family and teamwork themes. Advertisement He lives in an orphanage that seems to be running as a profitable scam. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie.
Kids do the darnest things and I can see a youngster after a pair of magical shoes clinging to a tree in a thunderstorm. Almost always a sure hit as the box office, sports comedies have been trying to enter the mainstream's collective enthusiasm for film for decades. In a role that could have been deadly with the wrong kind of kid actor, he's the right kind, a no-nonsense professional who wisely plays the fantasy as if it were real. Sports shoes are one of the most powerful totems in kid society, in part because of M. But as the Knights travel around the country with their star player, little do they know that the head of the orphanage is planning on keeping all of Calvin's money until he's adopted.
After that game, Calvin is adopted by the Knights star player. Calvin helps the struggling Knights win a well-sought victory against one of their rivals and is then signed to a full-time contract with the team. Very satisfied with this film portraying a positive image for my children to watch. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans.
Lil' Bow Wow stars as 14-year-old orphan Calvin who picks up a pair of sneakers at a thrift store after obtaining tickets to see the Los Angeles Knights play a game on their home turf. This is a message a lot of kids have been waiting to hear. One night, however, a bully steals the shoes and throws them over a power line in a rainstorm. Ox throws the sneakers so they hang by their laces from a power line, Calvin climbs up a tree in a storm to retrieve them, lightning strikes, and somehow the sneakers and the lightning magically combine to make him like Mike. Extremely funny, lighthearted kids romp with a positive message and enduring theme.
. A lot of the surrounding plot is recycled from other movies, of course, including the playground bully, the tried-and-true orphanage situations the kids are like puppies hoping for new owners and the last-minute, cliff-hanging plays of the big games. Wearing the magic sneakers, he makes Air Jordan look like a puddle jumper. Word had it that the shoes belonged to a basketball superstar when he was a kid himself, so Calvin assumes they once graced the feet of Michael Jordan. We might doubt that Jordan writes his initials in his shoes and if he does, he probably has someone to do it for him , but Calvin has no doubts, not even when the shoes are a perfect fit, which seems unlikely. He is confident and relaxed on the screen, engaging, and has good moves on the basketball court.
As Calvin tries to retrieve the shoes, he is struck by lightning and doesn't realize he has gained any particular strengths until the next day. Kids will be kids so this gives excellent opportunity for the parent to talk with their child about keeping it safe! The scene where they paint geometry lessons on the side of his mansion was hilarious and keep up the importance of school! Like Mike follows this formula for success, and did rather well. His best buddy is Murph , and his worst enemy is Ox. The shoes no longer work, though, although Calvin doesn't know it. Feeling pretty proud of himself, Calvin wears the sneakers with authority and is the envy of other children in the orphanage.
He and his friends steal the shoes back and go on to help the Knights win their losing battle with the Toronto Raptors. . . . . .
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