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Just for Kicks



Poorly made sexist sports movie has lots of name calling.
  • Review Date: December 15, 2012
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of sexist messages that go unchecked. Kids get away with mischief without consequences. Some positive messages warning against kids getting pressured by parents to succeed in sports.

Positive role models

The main characters seem sweet and stand up for themselves, but they are mischievous and get away with a lot. They engage in name calling and taunting when confronted by bullies. Some examples of standing up for others.


Bullies from a rival soccer team dump a milkshake on the heads of the two main characters. A goalie is hit in the groin with a soccer ball and slowly falls to the ground in pain. When a boy tries to head the soccer ball, the ball smashes into his face and his glasses, breaking his glasses and drawing blood.


One adult female dresses provocatively and bends over in front of tween boy soccer players while wearing short skirts.


Lots of name calling, insults: "crap," "piss off," "blows," "boobs," "fartfaces," "sucks," "jackasses" and "butt." A boy talks about how another boy moves like "a baby with a load in his pants."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Just for Kicks has frequent bullying, name-calling, and and is based on outdated ideas about gender roles. Potty humor abounds as boys pass gas and challenge each other to bare their bottoms to an audience. The tween boys also make sexual comments toward an adult woman who dresses in skimpy clothes and bends over provocatively at various times. The movie does raise the idea of parents who push their kids too hard to succeed at sports.

What's the story?

Cole and Dylan Sprouse (long before they made a name for themselves on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) play two boys who love soccer. When their father (Tom Arnold), the head coach of their soccer team, has to leave in a hurry to attend to very important business, it is up to their mother and aunt to take over coaching duties. When their mother takes over as coach, things look quite grim for their team, the Terriers, and parents start to pull their kids off the team over the idea of a woman as a soccer coach. But when a mysterious and strange man starts to help Cole and Dylan at random times, with soccer and with life, the team starts to improve, and it starts to look like the team might become soccer champions.

Is it any good?


The sexism on display in JUST FOR KICKS makes it incredible that this movie was released in 2003. As if parents taking their kids off of a soccer team over the idea of a woman being a head coach isn't enough, there's enough bullying, name calling, and sophomoric humor on display to make this a movie to avoid.

Furthermore, for parents and kids looking for a movie about soccer, this movie doesn't even really show that much actual play. While the movie acknowledges problems in youth sports like parents who push their kids too hard to succeed, or kids being taunted on the field, no solutions are really presented.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about women in sports. How does this film address the issue of women coaching sports? Who are some examples of successful women coaches?

  • Have you seen kids who are pushed too hard by their parents to succeed in sports, or have you seen kids who make mistakes while playing sports made fun of because of it? How realistically does this movie portray these issues?

  • What do you think this movie's message is about bullying?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 16, 2003
Cast:Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Tom Arnold
Director:Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Brothers and sisters
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:language, mild crude humor, and momentary violence

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Parent of a 11, 12, and 14 year old Written byJust Trying January 11, 2014

Not really about soccer!

This is one of the worst children's movies I have ever seen! The bait was soccer, which was not the highlight, but the main idea was that mom was useless as a coach. The quirky aunt who always dressed provocatively and moved suggestively was completely unnecessary: Boys will eventually stare at someone flaunting breasts, wearing tiny shorts and bending over, but this was all shoved in the face of my 7-yr-old. Shame on the adults who put it together.


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