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Goal II: Living the Dream (2007)

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The Jaume Collet-Serra-directed comedy drama Goal! 2: Living the Dream finds star European soccer player Santiago Muñez (Kuno Becker) bumped by his agent (Stephen Dillane) from England's Newcastle United team to Real Madrid's Galácticos, where he is thrilled to play alongside field legends David Beckham, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and others. In off-time, temptation lingers in the form of amorous dalliances with spicy local women, especially the TV hostess Jordana (Leonor Varela) -- a

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Mike Jeffries, Adrian Butchart, Terry Loane

Nov 4, 2008

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Despite the predictable, cliché-riddled script, the soap-opera hokum that passes for drama, Goal II somehow works.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Goal II clumsily telegraphs all of its moves far in advance.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A game of two halves, both of them dire.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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If your kids play soccer, they may appreciate this tall tale of Santi's rise from obscurity to shin-padded glory, but once you pop in the DVD, chances are you won't want to stick around.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

Bullet time, pixellation, flashy graphics, slow-motion-sweat, all wrapped around a rather flimsy story about the kid from the barrio dealing with paparazzi, millions of fans and a salary in the millions of Euros.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The idea of turning a 10-minute idea into a trilogy of movies seemed imposing at first, but Goal II continues the franchise's recipe of personality over originality.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

One isn't eager to see extra time played and the 'To be continued' line at the end is more ominous than enticing. Once again, film-makers demonstrate that old adage, never give soccer an even break.

February 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

Intriguing to watch and well-played by the engaging cast.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

I won't tell you the result, but I will say that Arsene Wenger would be wise to avoid Goal 2 in case he suffers from terminal apoplexy.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Next stop the World Cup . . . can't wait.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Becker, who made the first instalment just about passable, is bland here while Alessandro Nivola, who plays his best pal, looks rightly bored.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Not quite the guilty pleasure the first movie was, Goal! 2 can't quite stick it in the back of the net, pull off the double etc, etc...

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A machine might have directed this, but it has a few more welcome touches of comedy than the first one.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

One long, product-placing, non-speaking-cameo-packed infomercial.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's a game of two halves, and both of them suck in a flat-footed follow-up that doesn't bode well for the inevitable Goal! 3.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Ultimately, this is relegation fodder from start to finish.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Cliched but nonetheless enjoyable - if you liked the first film, you won't be disappointed by the second one. Unless you're an Arsenal fan.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)
ViewLondon

Filmically it's more of a pleasantly diverting kick about in the park than a 90th minute back-of-the-net at the world cup final.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Goal II: Living the Dream

A decent follow up to the first film, with the young Mexican snapped up by Real Madrid in the January transfer window to help their champions league campaign. Again this has plenty of guest stars playing themselves and the football games and scenes are very well done. Plot wise the new kid on the block has to cope with fame and fortune, the press, living abroad with his wife back in Newcastle and finding his mother. Not as deep story wise as the first, you do need to watch that first really and I wasn't happy with the quick ending waiting for the third installment, but this is about as good a film about football as can be made. Next up Goal 3 at the World cup!!
March 21, 2011
Deano78

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It was really good, didn't quite surpass the original but it was close to it. Love the play scenes!!! Awesome movie!

After gaining experience with the football club Newcastle United, Santiago Munez (Becker) gets a huge break when he's transferred to Real Madrid.
August 27, 2010
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Manu Gino

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Announcer: Cometh the moment, cometh the man.

As far as movies go, this is an entirely predictable movie but its pretty decent. If you want a nice Sunday film where you don't have to think, its ideal. The football bits are quite good, the cameos are great and the story is reasonably engaging. Im not saying its brilliant by any means but I don't think it deserves the negative comments its had. Its a good fun football film that any sports fan will enjoy - and fair play for ending on a cliffhanger. Becker is a charming lead and Friel pulls of a reasonably genuine Geordie accent. If you want a sports movie with a bit of heart, fluff, action and a bit of glamour, you won't be disappointed.

3.5/5
August 3, 2008
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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Well... actually I was hoping for a better sequel... But I didn't see it... The story just too standard... They couldn't make a better story than this... But the soundtrack was great... I love every song in this movie... Even the acting of the cast was bad but it was a pleasure to see a great club like Real Madrid with their stars... Hopes the third movie was the best... Because it's the world cup!!!
June 20, 2007
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