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      Kicking It

      Released Jun 13, 2008 1h 38m Documentary List
      53% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 71% Audience Score 250+ Ratings The lives of homeless people change forever when they travel to Cape Town to play in the Homeless World Cup. Read More Read Less

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      Critics Reviews

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      Drew Toal Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times Rarely has the healing power of sports been as genuinely depicted as in director Susan Koch's perception-altering documentary Kicking It. Jun 27, 2008 Full Review Tim Cogshell Boxoffice Magazine What we actually have here are a host of human stories about the homeless, put through the prism of soccer, as a path for the expression of one's humanity-one's worth. Rated: 3/5 Jun 27, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Earnest and inspirational sports docu narrated by Colin Farrell Rated: B- Apr 5, 2011 Full Review Sean P. Means Salt Lake Tribune More inspirational than any sports movie, because the impact of a simple game on the confidence and self-worth of these battered men is all real. Rated: 3/4 Sep 5, 2008 Full Review Jeff Vice Deseret News (Salt Lake City) This earnestly watchable soccer documentary has enough drama and enough action for several films. Any one of its subjects could have served as the sole focus of the movie as well. Rated: 3/4 Sep 4, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Awesome, heartfelt & very touching. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting and amazing the impact this has on the players. never knew this existed. pretty cool Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Its a simple narrative and tale, written this way before, but the impact of the lives it effects is tremendous. Its a good story, as we follow a Kenyan team that has never been in any type of World Cup fixture, a US team that has never won a game at the Homeless World Cup, a ex Real Madrid youth player in his 60's, a Russian team with no papers, making them outcasts to Russian standards, and an Irish goalkeeper who is trying to get over his methadone addiction. Who will win the cup? And winning for some countries could change the opinions in some countries for those who are homeless. This is all that these lonely people have to build themselves up, a chance at representing their country, by kicking their drug addictions and kicking their lives into the back of the net. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member This is an interesting subject for a documentary, and while it isn?t THE MOST interesting thing out there, and starts off terribly meek, it isn?t bad when you get all the way through. It helps if you have any interest in football/soccer. But it becomes more of a character piece very quickly. However, I think this is the case of real life events letting the filmmakers down. There wasn?t too much build up for suspense and the people that you would naturally take more of an interest in don?t factor too much into the end results. However, this is a well made documentary that does fall into the sports doc category. Colin Farrell narrates and shows his face for the bookends. And I may have missed it, but there didn?t seem to be a message in connection with the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Still, decent. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member good movie which shows how soccer gives hope to everyone around the world Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member I love the idea of a tournament for homeless people and although this documentary was following the 4th annual Homeless World Cup it was the first I've ever heard of it! [unfortunately] - needless to say, I love soccer, so this documentary was a must watch for me. The Homeless World Cup is an event made up of 500 players from 48 countries that gives drug addicts, alcoholics and people in war torn countries the opportunity to better themselves and their lives with a sport that brings the world together: football. This film follows 7 participants: Damien & Simon from Ireland, Alex from Kenya, Najib from Afghanistan, Jesus from Spain, Craig from USA, and Slavan from Russia. It highlights each individual's hardships with having to deal with homelessness or poor living conditions in their own nations and in the meanwhile, trying to finish on top in the competition. The documentary was well made and very well put together, but I wasn't able to feel connected to the 7 people; between the 7, I felt more drawn into the lives of Jesus, Slavan, Damien & Simon and I also thought that the documentary as a whole, would have made a greater impact on the viewer had it only focused on 4 people. It's obvious that you're not about to watch an extremely skilled professional athlete compete; however the short 14-minute matches were just as intense and thrilling as a FIFA match. Regardless of who may be on the field, this documentary allows the viewer to put aside any prejudices and open their eyes about people living in poverty. Taking into consideration that this documentary is linked with the worlds most popular sport, it would have been nice to have the option to watch some of the games in full (perhaps in the bonus features section); if more matches were added, the film as a whole could have been more heart wrenching and I would have felt a bond with one [or more] of the countries represented. Documentaries have gained more and more attention throughout the years and it has become a good medium to illustrate certain issues around the world. The Homeless World Cup is an interesting way to create awareness of homelessness around the world by connecting it to such a beloved game. More importantly, it gave the participants a positive outlook on life and possibilities for and change in the future. Lastly, I do have to mention that Colin Farrel only narrated the very beginning and the very end. His narration was somewhat pointless, but I guess his name being attached to this film draws in more people than it would have on its own. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis The lives of homeless people change forever when they travel to Cape Town to play in the Homeless World Cup.
      Director
      Susan Koch, Jeff Werner
      Producer
      Ted Leonsis
      Screenwriter
      Susan Koch
      Production Co
      Wider Film Projects
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 13, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 3, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 38m
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