We still call football soccer in the US and much like the metric system, most folks don’t even think about it after they get out of grade school. Yet for some that love it, it becomes a way of life.
Based on the autobiographical novel by Dave Roberts, this movie recounts the author’s teen years as he supported the worst football club in the country.
Brenock O’Connor (OIly from Game of Thrones) plays young David, who forgoes school and even a normal social life to follow his ailing soccer team across the country. He soon becomes part of the crew with the team’s much older supporters — think the guys in the stands cheering on the Cleveland Indians in Major League — while falling for the team manager Charlie’s daughter, Ruby.
While my love of soccer can be questioned, my love of a coming of age film can’t. There’s nothing you haven’t seen before in here, but it’s well-made and cute in parts. I must admit to having a set of Subbuteo soccer figures as a kid, so seeing those on Dave’s desk made me smile.
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