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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Women deserve equal pay for equal work as men, but this equality is lacking in a lot of sectors, including professional sports. Women athletes can train just as hard and sometimes win more often than their higher-paying male counterparts.
Positive Role Models
The female leaders of the US Women's National Soccer Team spent dozens of hours working on a legal case to demand equal pay, not just for their own compensation, but also to set the playing field level for future generations. The women train hard and juggle parenting, relationships, and careers, sometimes holding down multiple jobs to make ends meet in order to pursue their dream of playing soccer. Young girls look up to them. Rapinoe and her wife, fellow athlete Sue Bird, also fight for LGBTQ+ rights.
Frequent use and variations of "s--t" and "f--k" (including in the acronym for the film's title, which stands for "Let's F--king Go"). Also "ass," "crap," "BS," and the middle finger.
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Products & Purchases
Apart from the US Soccer Federation and various soccer teams and sponsors, brands discussed or visibly noticeable include FIFA, CNN, PBS, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Twitter, Secret, Amazon, Nike, Sports Illustrated, Apple.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Megan Rapinoe briefly discusses her brother's drug addiction and connects it to the opioid epidemic in the US.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LFG offers an-depth look at the legal case brought by the members of the US Women's National Soccer Team to demand equal pay. The case reflects the reality that women in a lot of fields, including athletics, aren't compensated the same as men. Celebrity members of the team, including Megan Rapinoe and Jessica McDonald, among others, are interviewed and followed around by cameras as they train, play, spend time with families, give interviews, meet with lawyers, and more. The women speak their minds and air their frustrations, which involves some language, including repeated use of "f--k" (including in the acronym for the film's title, which stands for "Let's F--king Go") as well as "s--t," "ass," "crap," "BS," and the middle finger. There's also some politics -- for example, Rapinoe's Twitter spat with former President Trump is recalled, when she said she wouldn't go to the "f--king" White House while Trump was in office. Rapinoe briefly discusses her brother's drug addiction and connects it to the opioid epidemic in the US. The film has positive messages and role models illustrating the potential and deserved equal treatment of girls and women in sports. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Megan Rapinoe always made a compelling public spokesperson for her team's legal case for equal pay, and she once again takes a starring role in this documentary about the case. LFG bets heavily on her star power and an interest in some of the key members of the team by organizing the bulk of the reel around talking head interviews. One effect is that the film could make this case feel ultimately more about the current celebrity team members than the larger historical significance it actually has, even though they themselves insist a win is about future generations of female athletes. The documentary is structured by days over the course of more than a year, from spring 2019 to spring 2020, effectively illustrating how the US Soccer Federation bungled the case and drew it out unnecessarily -- and the toll it took, seen in real time, on the players. Even if you know the outcome, getting there makes for a painful watch. The film will undoubtedly strike a chord with many viewers.
One memorable segment comes when McDonald describes how at one point she was earning less than $15,000 as a professional soccer player and couldn't support her son without taking on additional part-time jobs. Curiously, of all the women interviewed, the directors only delve more deeply into Rapinoe's and McDonald's backgrounds and family lives. The team's lawyers make clear and credible arguments for the women's case of discrimination. Some points are highlighted by statistics, though these are run through rather quickly. There are plenty of insightful moments and some exciting clips of archive footage, especially from past matches and celebrations. Three montages stand out: one in which celebrities, politicians, and other athletes give their support for the women's case; a second highlighting trailblazing female athletes in other sports; and a series of clips over the end credits showing young girls displaying their mad soccer skills (and some Rapinoe-style hairdos).
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