Fast Girls Reviews

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Super Reviewer
December 6, 2012
A enjoyable feel good film to get you in the mood for the London Olympics. It has a good array of British acting talent on show. A bit cheesy but fun nevertheless, and with a cool soundtrack to round it off!
Super Reviewer
March 11, 2013
Predictable but winningly made against-the-odds, underdog, rags-to-riches story with plenty of genuinely air-punchingly exciting sequences and a moving thread about family by choice as apposed to family by genetics. Anchoring it all is Lenora Crichlow's superb lead performance. This is what Rocky wished it could be. Try not to cry like I did.
Super Reviewer
January 27, 2013
The film is totally predictable and was obviously made to cash in on Olympic fever last year but I still enjoyed the story of a working-class runner making good on the International circuit. No cliche is avoided along the way but the cast are likeable (plenty of known British face to enjoy, especially from TV) and they actually look like they are competing athletes which heightens the drama. I got swept along by the end and was smiling at the final finish line. Not great British film-making but still enjoyable.,
September 28, 2014
Devoid of anything remotely unique, yet still winning in its portrayal of rivalry and athletic triumph, Fast Girls is a rather predictable yet charming picture.
October 12, 2013
This film is worth adding to your collection!!!!
June 17, 2013
This movie is inspiring and I loved it so much it was just breathtaking. Plus it has Bradley James in it.
½ June 30, 2013
Really good + inspiring
February 1, 2013
Such a good film for teenage girls, it has got such a lively plot and i enjoyed it so much !!
½ December 23, 2012
OK sprinting movie, pacing was too fast.
November 24, 2012
Vermakelijk voor het oog maar vreselijk clichà (C), wat de film wel een beetje terughoudend maakt om meer te dan standaard sport drama.
July 2, 2012
At the end credits I had a big smile on my face.
½ June 21, 2012
'A surprise podium finish for this athletics based crowd-pleaser'

As the city of London gears up for its hosting gig at the 2012 Olympic games, people the world over seem to be donning their home colours and preparing for a summer of flag waving, false starts and phenomenal feats of athleticism. So what better way for movie studios to cash in on Olympic-fever than to slap the same old underdog sports movie formula onto a scantily clad women's relay team?

Fast Girls follows the ups and downs of the British women's sprint relay team, as they struggle to overcome their personal differences in order to beat their global rivals and win gold at the World Athletics Championships. Shania (Lenora Crichlow), a tough but hardworking girl from one of London's roughest estates is the newest member of the team, but her presence is resented by privileged Lisa (Lily James) whose father, a former gold-medallist himself, controls the team with an iron fist.

It's hardly surprising that the film's entire narrative arc can be mapped out within the first ten minutes of the movie. From the over-simplified social backgrounds (rich white girl vs. poor black girl) to the obligatory locker room pep talks, and plenty of slow motion 'will-they won't-they' action, all the expected elements are here. And let's not forget those rousing training montages. However as cynical as it all sounds this isn't just a pre-Olympics cash grab, Fast Girls (despite its horribly literal title) has much more to offer than that.

In his previous screenplay (4.3.2.1, 2010), BAFTA Rising Star award winner Noel Clarke gave his female leads strength and guts with one hand, and then took it all away via gratuitous scenarios with the other. Here, however, he and his co-writers have created a real sense of sisterhood between these characters, and it goes a long way in forming the heart that becomes the film's greatest asset. While they may not have the most original of back-stories, it isn't hard to get behind these women, particularly Crichlow's Shania, who I found to be a far more engaging heroine than many of Hollywood's recent attempts at strong female leads (think Katniss, Bella, and a couple of Snow Whites). Crichlow's performance is feisty, dedicated and a solid breakthrough from her fairly broad television work. I strongly suspect this won't be the last we see of this talented young actress.

Other newcomers amongst the cast fair equally well. Lashana Lynch sparkles as vivacious hurdler Belle, while Bradley James, best known for playing a young King Arthur in the BBC series Merlin, shows himself to be a worthy romantic lead as team physio Carl. Meanwhile actors you may actually have heard of include Rupert Graves, whose days of frolicking naked in period dramas seem to be well behind him, and Noel Clarke himself, who has long been a man of many talents, and stars here as the team's struggling coach.

Debut director Regan Hall handles the material well. Rather fittingly he keeps the plot moving at a rapid pace, never allowing the drama of the characters' home lives to overpower the excitement he builds around the races. Surprisingly he never sexualises the athletes, which would have been an easy stumbling block for a man who until now has built his career on directing Dolce & Gabbana fragrance commercials. It really shows a commendable maturity that there are no Transformers-style 'Megan Fox bending over a car bonnet' shots. It proves the heart of the film really belongs to the dreams of its lead players, and it's for this reason that the film's conclusion is such a great payoff.

As hard as I try to resist sports movie contrivances in those clichéd go-for-broke moments, I found myself surrendering fully to the exciting climax here. Despite the film's flaws, its effect is undeniable. This is an uplifting crowd-pleaser, bolstered by a high-energy soundtrack featuring a host of British urban talents (Emeli Sandé, Tinie Tempah and the like) that makes an honest attempt at taking its audience on a journey of perseverance and overcoming the odds. If it doesn't make it to a theatre near you (and the likelihood is it won't) then track it down on DVD, it's a perfectly serviceable rainy day flick that promotes warmth in its viewers, and left me that little bit more excited about this summer's upcoming sporting events.
June 25, 2012
A generic, formulaic film which is exactly what I was expecting. The romance angle is totally tacked on and everything seems very rushed.
June 19, 2012
A feel good movie right before the Olympics... Hmmm. I'm wondering if this is planned as a feel good movie before the race... The film itself has a classic narrative: a battle of social classes and races between a talented but unruly young woman coming from a difficult background somewhere from an estate around London and an obnoxious competitive upper middle class daddy's girl. You might have guessed who is from a black and who is from a white background... Yes, it's that cliche. And more. Individualism and team spirit, family and friends, etc. So nothing surprising to expect here. That's disappointing. It's a british film using the same trappings as the average Hollywood film. It's watchable. No more. Reading the critics, it is funny to see how many are partial. Patriotism right before the games... Ready!
½ June 17, 2012
A good drama film that is about running! The film is an enjoyable and easy watch! Worth a Watch!
½ June 16, 2012
really nice & enjoyable movie --- fallen in love with Lenora :)
June 13, 2012
Too much sugar is bad for the brain kids. Oh, and Noel Clarke is also bad for your brains.
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