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Sons of Ben

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fan-focused sports docu has some profanity.

Movie NR 2015 75 minutes
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Whereas most sports documentaries center on the athletes and teams themselves, Sons of Ben is focused on the fans. Notorious for their fervent and aggressive displays of support, Philadelphia sports fans are shown here stopping at nothing until they get a professional soccer team in the Philadelphia area. The dream is presented, the obstacles and hardships delineated, and the path leading to winning their franchise, the Philadelphia Union, is long and difficult. This documentary shows the passion of fans who love soccer, who love sports and the city in which they live, and why this matters to them. It also shows the public and private machinations at play in the process and how state and local officials want to use the team to try to get a struggling community back on its feet.

The main issue with this documentary is its limited scope. If you're a fan of soccer, of Philadelphia, and of the culture of Philly sports fans, you'll be sure to enjoy it. However, if your interest in soccer is lacking, and if you're a bitter rival of Philly sports teams, it will be difficult to generate much enthusiasm for the story.

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