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Kicking It (2008)

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The film follows seven players in their own tough worlds as they confront the daily challenges of life on the streets, battle drug and alcohol addiction, and fight for the right to be recognized as human beings. We witness their struggles, hopes, and determination. The teams are greeted by the South African President, as they make their spirited entrance in to two newly built street soccer "pitches", located at the precise spot where Nelson Mandela was released from prison-with the glorious

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Rarely has the healing power of sports been as genuinely depicted as in director Susan Koch's perception-altering documentary Kicking It.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Kicking It illustrates the transformative power of sports.

June 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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So earnest it hurts, Kicking It follows a half-dozen homeless men from around the globe as they ready for the fourth annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A well-meaning look at the Homeless World Cup, Kicking It presents its topic without much sentimentality, though it could benefit from a more pared-down approach.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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You hope that this thoughtful portrayal of [these] players' admirable representation of their countries will win them more respect back home.

June 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It's hard to imagine how Koch could have made her film any more heavy-handed: perhaps by adding U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" to the soundtrack or having the narration delivered by Colin Farrell-both of which, inevitably enough, the director does.

June 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Earnest and inspirational sports docu narrated by Colin Farrell

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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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.

September 5, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune

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.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Plain-spoken and smoothly paced.

June 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

That this documentary feeds some stereotypes and gives only cursory understanding but much hand-wringing is a shame.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A tearjerker certain to elicit concern and compassion from anyone watching for the billion on the planet's homeless.

June 11, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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As in the recent Planet B-Boy, the impoverished conditions of the film's subjects matter significantly less than the rush of competition, but at least Planet B-Boy was a thrill to watch.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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