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The Soccer Nanny

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slow-paced dramedy with mature themes isn't about soccer.

Movie NR 2011 95 minutes
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Don't let the title fool you: The Soccer Nanny is not really about soccer. What is utterly bizarre about this movie is how some in this rural Kansas town act as if soccer is as foreign as cricket, when obviously soccer has been played by American kids of all backgrounds in schools and sports leagues for decades. Instead, this is a slow-paced dramedy addressing weighty topics such as the untimely deaths of loved ones, closeted homosexuality in rural areas, and abortion. One of the problems is that the story itself doesn't really go anywhere; things just happen.

The titular character is the ultimate cliché of the jovial foreigner who bungles the English language from time to time but still manages to be happy-go-lucky. The movie itself is an earnest effort to address serious topics, but it's overdone and ham-fisted, with way too much background music distracting every scene. Furthermore, the packaging and marketing of the film under its current title (its original title, Au Pair, Kansas, is much more representative of what's actually going on) is a transparent attempt to lure soccer fans into a movie that is only tangentially about soccer.

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