Underdogs

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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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

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age 2+

I SAW YOUR HAND IN THAT SUGAR JAR

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.

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