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Eleven Men Out (Strakarnir okkar) (2007)




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A sports star's career takes a sudden roller coaster ride when he makes a very unexpected announcement in this comedy from Iceland. Ottar Thor (Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson) is a well-known soccer player whose life off the field isn't as successful as his career in football. Thor's marriage to a one-time beauty queen ended in a bitter divorce, his 13-year-old son Magnus (Arnmundur Ernst) would rather play video games than talk to his dad, and his obnoxious father and brother have moved in to his home. One day, while talking to a reporter after a game, Thor mentions that he's gay without really thinking about what might happen, and suddenly his world is turned upside down. The owners of Thor's team, as well as his fellow players, turn against him and kick him off the squad, while his family is more than a bit taken aback. Still eager to play, Thor takes up an invitation to join a semi-pro team coached by a friend, which already has a few gay players. Thor's presence on the team, and the media circus over his decision to come out, put a new spotlight on the gay footballers, and several more decide to move out of the closet and onto Thor's team. Suddenly Thor is a sports star again with a winning record (though a few victories come from forfeits, since some clubs are unwilling to take the field with a queer team), and his old team decides to challenge them to a special match...that just so happens to coincide with Gay Pride Day. Meanwhile, Thor decides to act on his attraction toward one of his teammates, but discovers that his dreamboat isn't much of a catch off the field. Eleven Men Out (aka Stratkarnir Okkar) received its North American premier at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Sigurdur Skúlason
as Sigurður Skúlason
Björk Jakobsdóttir
as Björk Jakobsdóttir
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

[Eleven Men Out] thoughtful and funny characters, something that should give this droll drama appeal beyond a niche gay audience.

May 20, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A non-pandering crowd-pleaser whose character quirks and small stabs at poignancy feel refreshingly earned.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
Top Critic

A too-thin dramedy with good intentions but poor results.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008

If you detect anything fresh or original in terms of character or story development, you're probably not watching this movie.

Full Review… | November 16, 2007
Boxoffice Magazine

Douglas addresses rather serious issues with warmth and humour in this engaging football comedy, which doesn't actually show much football action.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

While Eleven Men Out is an interesting look at how Icelandic society deals with homosexuality, it doesn't hold together as solid entertainment for U.S. audiences.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007

Audience Reviews for Eleven Men Out (Strakarnir okkar)


Ugh I really wanted to like this movie but the plot line really goes nowhere. Other than the hot main character coming out, nothing else happens.

Daryl D
Daryl D

Great concept for a movie. If you like this theme, watch Guys and Balls, it's a better version of this theme, though still not top notch. Not much to say about this movie, kinda drab, ground breaking at the time but boring in plot, story and acting.

Douglas Edward Christie
Douglas Edward Christie

So disappointing. The story has potential, some good ideas are there, but there is no coherence in the storyline, the filming is bad, the stereotypes are ablaze (or was this camp? I couldn't tell), the dialogues are trite. The latter could be attributed to the bad dubbed version I saw, everything else couldn't. Unfortunately a bad, bad film based on a good idea. If you want to see a gay-themed football movie, I recommend the German film "Guys & Balls", which is a hilariously campy and sweet take on the same subject matter.

Ina S
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