Review: Lusers (2015)

Lusers (2015)

Lusers is a delightful comedy of cultural differences as strangers from 3 countries travel the Amazon basin to the WC 2014 final in Brazil. Each of the trio (a Chilean, a Peruvian and an Argentine) is escaping a personal problem (thus a loser), but the trip presents even more challenges. They wreck their vehicle, are pursued by a hitman, are captured by an indigenous tribe, and discover a stolen relic.

For me, the cute part of the movie is the constant banter and watching the men’s friendship build across their cultural barriers. A $2M collaboration by 3 companies in 3 countries, Lusers was meant to appeal to a multi-national audience.

However, being American, I’m unaware of the sensitivities of South Americans. I read a review that found the nationalist humor to be crass. Others might be offended by the depictions of the indigenous tribes as either disco-dancing party goers or backward primitives. But first-time Director Ticoy Rodriguez (Chile) probably does not care about political correctness and just goes for the laugh.

As far as soccer, there is a scene where the 3 middle-aged captives must play soccer for their lives, against 3 highly skilled Amazon tribesmen.

To my surprise, another part of the soccer action takes place on an Amazon river boat. The Brazilian crew sits down to watch the Brazil-Germany game, which as you should know, is the game where Brazil loses in a horrendous and historic 7-0 debacle. The Argentinean is unable to keep himself from cheering every German goal. That and other faux pas force the trio to abandon ship. It’s stupidly funny in a mean way, and I suppose the movie title is a reference to Brazil’s team as well. I noticed that the film does not appear to have been released in Brazil.

I highly enjoyed the performances by Carlos Alcántara (sexy Edgar the Peruvian) and Pablo Granados (earthy motormouth Rolo the Argentine). I could watch both men for hours. I also am impressed that the movie was filmed in the Peruvian jungle in Iquitos in April and released by October of that year. I’m looking forward to a sequel!

Update on Sep-23-2018: I recently traveled to Iquitos and found that futbol is ubiquitous in the Amazon river villages. Every village (as small as 200-300 people) has one or more homemade fields. So to find good players in the Amazon would not be an exaggeration!

The full title is Lusers, los amigos no se eligen, or in American parlance, “you can’t chose your friends”.
In Spanish with English sub-titles

7 Soccer Movie Mom Rating = 7

Resources:
Released: 2015-10-01 (Chile, Peru)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4778602
WIKI: https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lusers
Director: Ticoy Rodriguez
Stars: Carlos Alcántara (Edgar the Peruvian), Pablo Granados (Rolo the Argentine), Felipe Izquierdo (Anibal the Chilean)

https://youtu.be/89zcOkihUB4 Trailer with Highlights
https://youtu.be/FuIjxC1zV1c Trailer with storyline