Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
Underdogs Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 10+

Soccer-themed story has strong message, some iffy humor.

PG 2014 106 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 6 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 2+


age 11+

Not really great for kids

The movie starts out with the premise that the story needs to be told as a motivation for a child to persevere. The fairy-tale nature aside, the actual plot of the movie is quite far-fetched, since the one positive character trait is overshadowed by players bickering, characters making decisions that seemingly make no sense, the antagonist's strange obsession with a soccer foosball table, a little mad scientist action, and a not-so-obvious to a young child visual bad-language pun. Along with that, the fact that it's apparently an international movie makes the speech abnormally fast-paced, so it's not entirely pleasant to feel like the movie is running at 1.5x speed. So, not the best when you would like a child to remain generally calm by the end of the film. And somehow by the end of the movie, the main character (father) seems to have dubiously convinced his son to arbitrarily "not quit", though providing no actual reward for the virtue of perseverance. Overall, it's not the worst movie, but I would recommend to anyone else to turn aside. It may be surface inspiring, but whatever positive message could have been is lost in the flimsy plot.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Kids in class
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of basketball, football, and medal
    Sports and Martial Arts
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate