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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Effecting positive change. Working well with others. Embracing multiculturalism. Combating negativity and racism. Some discussion of how perfectionism can harm someone's well-being.
Positive Role Models
Arsene Wenger is shown to be diligent, hardworking, single-mindedly focused on success. He places an emphasis on teamwork and sharing success with others, is unafraid to confront those who target him for abuse. Likewise, his star players are loyal to him and also hardworking. Some archive footage shows outdated attitudes to people from other countries. Some supporters are shown as ungrateful and entitled.
More than one language spoken. Strong ethnic and national diversity, which is championed by participants. Cast is all-male because of docu's focus on men's sport. Some stereotyping of nationalities by others in the name of "humor," such as someone saying that all French people eat frogs' legs.
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Violence & Scariness
Sporting scuffles during matches, including kicks and shoving.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Shirtless athletes. One is shown showering; no graphic nudity.
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Language used includes "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation, "hell," and middle-fingered and two-fingered gestures.
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Products & Purchases
Reference to a bribery scandal in French soccer. Some footballers shown relaxing in an expensive, exclusive party in London, but not with any conspicuous consumption. Discussion of financial constraints affecting sporting resources and performance.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reference to smoking cigarettes and to drinking to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arsene Wenger: Invincible is a documentary about former soccer manager Arsene Wenger and his impact not just in England but on the sport around the world. Wenger's story is an inspirational one, and his success was shared with many world-class sportspeople. The documentary has many positive messages and role models because of this, and in the movie's candid moments, Wenger is shown to be polite, thoughtful, and humorous. The film gives its participants room to talk about the regrets they have about some of their behavior, when competitiveness escalated to minor violent confrontations and when they behaved selfishly toward others. Because of the international nature of Wenger's career and colleagues, the movie champions diversity. Wenger's multicultural teams show great teamwork in achieving their goals. Nudity and swearing are both very mild, with some blasphemy and throwaway remarks that embrace national stereotypes, such as French people eating frogs' legs. Smoking and drinking are both mentioned in passing, in the context of Wenger removing the latter from sports players' lifestyles to promote health and well-being. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A visionary coach, Arsene Wenger -- who for 22 seasons managed Arsenal football club in England's Premier League -- brought a thoughtfulness, a thoroughness, and a ruthlessness to top-flight soccer that still defines the game today. Arsene Wenger: Invincible documents his rise in soccer from his native France to Japan then on to England where he joined Arsenal in 1996 and masterminded the most successful period in their history. It also doesn't spare us his regrets and the lingering hurt inflicted on him by the end of his Arsenal tenure in 2018, when he faced criticism from some of the club's own fans.
This documentary takes its subtitle from Arsenal's legendary "invincible" 2003–2004 season, in which they won the Premier League title without losing one of their 38 league games. For all the advances of the modern game, it's a feat that hasn't yet been repeated. Along with the brutally honest assessment of Wenger's career by the man himself, it's as good an indicator as any of what makes him such a remarkable and -- unusually, for elite-level sport -- grounded figure. Arsene Wenger: Invincible doesn't have time to tell his whole story, but it does provide an enjoyable tour of the man and his achievements, in part remembered by the soccer stars he made and brought to a global audience. Recommended for soccer fans and those looking for a lesson in sporting history.
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