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Side Games

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark exploration of corruption in soccer has violence.

TV Spectrum Drama 2019
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There are shades of Succession in this fascinating series that explores the dark side of the football industry. The vast array of characters that work together (and against each other) to oust the corrupt old guard and bring in a new (possibly equally corrupt) family are a pleasure to get to know, even if they're hard to trust. Highlights include the game announcer who always seems to speak the truth, and Mrs. Hidalgo, whose role in the coup is to lazily smoke in front of the TV. Those who aren't familiar with the world of football will enjoy seeing how the industry works, while those who are fans will be able to see the loving touches that Side Games brings; it's clear it was created by lovers of the game.

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