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The Footballest

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Spanish soccer fun shows importance of teamwork and courage.

Movie NR 2018 103 minutes
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Based on a Spanish book series, The Footballest is an unpolished, yet well-intentioned family sports adventure. Central to the plot are Pakete (Bohigas-Couto) and Helena (Mayer), but all the members of the Soto Alto soccer team -- a diverse range of boys and girls of all different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds -- bring a certain charm to proceedings. In a nice reversal of traditional gender roles, Pakete is the insecure boy to the confident and leader-like Helena, and their will they/won't they romance serves as a sweet side plot.

The movie has plenty of good will, which is why when the film makes a misstep, it stands out like a sore thumb. The character of Radu (Samuel Miró), described as the "mysterious Romanian," or the lazy "jokes" about one of the larger team members always eating, undoes so much of the movie's best intentions. There's a satisfying conclusion, which ties things up nicely, and there's even a couple of jokes thrown in for older audience members. The result is a winning result, if not a thoroughly convincing one.

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