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.
Four 16 yo boys on a soccer team drink, smoke, steal, break into summerhouses for fun, and only talk about sex. Kick ‘N Rush is similar to Peloteros (Street Soccer) in its crude portrayal of the worst of a coming-of-age scenario.
The movie is apparently based on an amalgam of short stories but they are not tied together very well, so you are left scratching your head. E.g., the best player accuses the Dad-coach of being a pedophile, but the issue is then swept under the carpet. The film has a young love romance, but it is clouded by one buddy molesting protagonist Jakob’s girlfriend, while his 13 yo sister tries to seduce Jakob.
In an Amazon review, someone wrote that the original title “To ryk og en aflevering” is a euphemism for jerking off, so perhaps Jakob’s name is meant to be eponymous. Don’t puzzle yourself and just avoid this movie altogether, even though an essayist at the time ranked this movie in the top 20 Danish youth films.
The only good thing I can say about this film is that the youth soccer play looks authentic.
In Danish with English subtitles.
DVD has no extras, just the trailer.
2 Soccer Movie Mom Rating = 2