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Comedy Kids

Clever story but poor animation in ‘K-9 World Cup’ (2016)

K-9 World Cup (2016)

A movie about dogs and soccer should be a winner—the most popular topics on the internet, right? K-9 World Cup is indeed a very clever story which made me chuckle throughout. A coach has one month to recruit and train the MexiCanine National Team for the Canine World Cup.

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Comedy Kids

‘La Dream Team’ (2016) is mighty fun for the family

La Dream Team (2016)

Add La Dream Team to the list of really good soccer movies that have sprung forth for our viewing pleasure in the past few years. Réalisateur Thomas Sorriaux accomplishes what American directors seldom do: work comedy into a family film that appeals to both kids and adults.

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Cultural Drama Kids

[Review] Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016)

Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016)

In their Pelé biopic, Directors Jeffrey and Michael Zimbalist create a loving, lush, and longish ode to the Beautiful Game of Brazil. If you sit back and absorb, there is a lot to enjoy. But it might be the kind of movie that only a soccer fan can love.

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Comedy Kids

The villain in ‘Underdogs’ (2013) goes full Zlatan

Underdogs (2016)
aka Metegol

Why did Underdogs go straight to DVD? This is a fun family film, and to my knowledge is the first soccer movie that is an animated full-length feature film. I saw the trailer at the theater and ever since, I had been keeping an eye out for its release.

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Kids

‘Golden Shoes’ (2015) a Cinderfella with cleats

Golden Shoes (2015)
Golden Shoes (2015)

Many of the customer reviews of the film Golden Shoes are brutal, but IMHO this is a fairly good kids soccer movie. It is a Cinderella story, and most of the acting holds your attention. 

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Kids

The best soccer dog movie is ‘Pups United’ (2015)

Pups United (2015)

Pups United is a feel-good family film featuring soccer and dogs. I rate it a little higher than the 3 other dog-centric soccer movies I’ve seen. The soccer is pretty good, and the two bad guys (Andrew Tarr and Paul Lang) are very funny.

They are bumbling criminals trying to retrieve stolen software that they’ve hidden inside the trophy for the Kids International Cup tournament. Each tournament team has a dog mascot, and these dogs help thwart the criminals.

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Kids

Imaginative combo of parkour + soccer in ‘Teufelskicker’ (2010)

Teufelskickers (2010)

Teufelskicker is a kick of a football film. It is a well-crafted movie based on the eponymous German children’s books by Frauke Nahrgang.

Discovering Coach Dad to be unfaithful, Moritz and his mom move in with Grandpa. In an unfriendly new school, Moritz is bullied by the local club team. He has to find new friends and build his own team, which they name Teufelskicker (Devil’s Kickers).

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Kids

‘On Angel’s Wings’ (2014) is too much of a fairytale

On Angel's Wings (2014)

On Angel’s Wings is a faith-based family film meant to provide positive African-American role models on the UPTV network. Unfortunately, Writer-Director Aaron Williams stitches together so many model caricatures, he omits telling a story that makes sense.

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Comedy Drama Kids

Hard to stay awake through ‘My Dad’s a Soccer Mom’ (2014)

My Dad's a Soccer Mom (2014)

My Dad’s a Soccer Mom plays to a stereotype of loud-mouth narcissistic Black professional athletes. When Lester Speight is the star, it’s hard to tell any other story. An NFL linebacker whose contract is not renewed, he ends up playing stay-at-home Dad to his 10 year old daughter.

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Drama Kids

In ‘Will’ (2011) a child learns you never walk alone

Will (2011)

Within the short list of soccer films directed by women, there is a surprising number of Americans who have directed ostensibly British films. Will is just such a case. Americans Ellen Perry (Director) and Zack Anderson (Writer) have created a family film drama around Liverpool FC.

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Kids

Amanda Bynes sparkles in ‘She’s the Man’ (2006)

She's the Man (2006)

She’s the Man is a clever adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a story of mistaken identity and cross-dressing, played on a high school soccer field. Amanda Bynes sparkles as Viola, a girl masquerading as her brother Sebastian in order to play on the boys team (under coach Vinnie Jones).

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Documentary Kids Short

‘Kick Like a Girl’ (2008) is full of positive role models

Kick Like a Girl (2008)

Kick Like a Girl is a 25-minute HBO documentary that follows a team of 8 year old girls who, having devastated all competition the previous two years, decide to get more challenge by playing in the boys division.

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Kids

Review: Carlitos y el Campo de los Sueños (2008)

Carlitos y el campo de los sueños (2008)

Carlitos and the Field of Dreams is predictable but enjoyable. Carlitos, a 12 year old orphan, sneaks out of the orphanage with the help of his fellow inmates, in order to play for Spain’s junior national team. The orphanage’s maintenance man becomes the team’s coach, and the pair help win the European Junior Cup.

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Kids

[Review] Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa! (2007)

Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa (2007)

Shaun the Sheep is a BBC kids TV series of claymation figures from the creators of Wallace and Grommit. A flock of sheep clandestinely conduct human-like activities behind the back of their farmer.

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Comedy Kids

Fits of ‘Kicking & Screaming’ (2005) not funny next to kids

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Although Will Ferrell often plays a psychotic jerk, he is really a jock who majored in sports broadcasting at USC. Maybe that’s why so many of his movies have a sports theme. Kicking & Screaming is his soccer movie.