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‘Peloteros’ (2006) a family-unfriendly macho mess

Peloteros

While the DVD title is Street Soccer, Peloteros means ball players, or in this context, footballers. The movie is a coming of age summer tale of six boys in a poor Peruvian neighborhood who enter a tournament to compete against older and semi-pro players.

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‘The Football Factory’ (2004) makes war without weapons

The Football Factory (2004)

I almost never watch war movies or dramas, but watching the 2004 British movie The Football Factory was like watching a war movie without weapons.

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‘Kick ‘N Rush’ (2003) egregious coming of age tale

Kick 'N Rush (2003)

I know I’m in for a bad night when a movie starts off with a masturbation scene. Kick ‘N Rush keeps moving very very slowly down that path and doesn’t get any better.

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‘A Major Inconvenience’ (1999) is not a frothy cougar film

A Major Inconvenience (1999)

A Major Inconvenience follows virginal young Frenchman Laurent, who puts all his energy into soccer. He has a chance to join the pros and thereby elevate his family from their welfare-level existence. But his focus is waylaid by an affair with the mother of the opponent who broke his nose.

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Drama Strong Sexuality

‘Eleven Men Out’ (2005) is not like Iceland at all

Eleven Men Out (2005)

Eleven Men Out is not really a soccer movie. It has 30 seconds of soccer and a lot of sexuality, mostly gay (rated R). As a character says, there is not much else to do in Iceland.

A top player comes out of the closet, switches to a team that has some gays, the straights quit, and the team becomes all gay. They win the league because the other teams forfeit.

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So many things wrong with ‘Personal Sergeant’ (2004)

Personal Sergeant (2004)

Personal Sergeant is neither a soccer story nor a movie for your kids. A crusty Korean War veteran Marine is forced to babysit his 11 year old granddaughter. They slowly bond while he trains her to play with the high school JV soccer team. In the end, she and her “pussy” father (as the Marine calls his son) both develop the gumption that the old man possesses.

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‘When Beckham Met Owen’ (2004) exploitative at best

When Beckham Met Owen (2004)

The filmmakers for this movie deceptively use the names of David Beckham and Michael Owen to attract attention. Because When Beckham Met Owen has no story of its own to draw viewers.

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‘Barras Bravas’ (2004) Chilean West Side Story in a car

Barras Bravas (2004)

Barras Bravas (originally titled Azul y Blanco) is a very low budget Chilean spin on West Side Story — but without music, soccer, or any entertainment value. Two rival gangs, who belong to different supporters groups (barras bravas), drive around looking for each other and their two star-crossed lovers so they can have knife fights and kill each other.

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‘Historias de Fútbol’ (1997) is like soccer Babel

Soccer Stories (1997)

Soccer Stories, or Historias de Fútbol, consists of 3 short stories set in Chile, but none of them are worth your time.