Parents' Guide to

The Big Green

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Underdog soccer team tale sticks to feel-good formula.

Movie PG 1995 100 minutes
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Given the fact that so many people like to see the underdog come out in front, this sports movie satisfies, even if it is pretty predictable. What lends texture to the formula is the underlying struggle that the families of these kids are going through. One character comes from a broken home where her father drinks beer all day long. One kid is proud to claim that his dad has a job, whereas most parents are scraping by because the local "plant" has closed. Finally, there is a new kid in the class whose mother is afraid to put down roots, lest she get deported. Performances by the plucky Olivia d'Abo and the goofy Steve Guttenberg move the plot along.

Kids who are just getting into soccer will enjoy watching the team pull it together, though older kids might be a little bored by what is now old hat in the sports movie realm. Pretty clean fun for the family, nonetheless.

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