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The Wild Soccer Bunch

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Not much soccer in coming-of-age translated dud.

Movie NR 2011 85 minutes
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The biggest problem with The Wild Soccer Bunch is that there is next to no soccer until the 52-minute mark. The next biggest problem is the translation from German to English; while there are some attempts to "Americanize" the story by, for instance, having the team try to get into the NASL, those moments feel forced and unnecessary, and there's an overall impression of humor and cultural references that don't carryover well. With these two issues at play, the overall result is a letdown of a movie for parents and kids expecting lots of soccer action and, instead, getting a tweenaged love triangle of sorts.

It's a confusing movie filled with nonsensical characters -- like the lead bad teen bully who seems to dabble in the occult for no discernible reason, or the evil banker father to one of the boys in the Wild Soccer Bunch who's determined to stop them from having a decent playing field. Even if the translation had been better, this is still a soccer-themed movie that fails to live up to its potential.

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