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Looking for Eric

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gritty British drama looks at mental health; adult language.

Movie NR 2010 116 minutes
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One of the most engaging and impressive dramas to come out of British cinema this side of the millennium. Looking for Eric is also one of the finest pieces of work from kitchen-sink realist and director Ken Loach. The movie displays the filmmaker's natural ability for exploring working class issues in a unique and compelling way that's arguably been missing from his more recent films.

Equipped with a comedic flair, Looking for Eric still maintains a gritty realism. By using metaphors and surrealism, the film is able to tackle tough themes such as depression. Hope, for example, comes in the form of the main character's favorite ever soccer player, Eric Cantona, who miraculously appears to him to provide much needed life advice. The film is also noteworthy for confronting mental health in men in a way not many manage to do. Combine that with a series of great performances, including a wickedly deadpan Cantona playing himself, and you really do have the makings of a British classic, that celebrates life, friendship, and vitally, soccer, in a truly wonderful way.

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