And the best part about this movie: it was filmed in my town!
Could not have said it better myself.
Loosely based on true events - this movie is about the efforts of Gracie to make it onto the boys varsity soccer team, after the tragic death of her brother, Johnny who was the star of the team.
In short, this movie is not good. Most of the acting, even from the likes of the usually solid Dermot Mulroney (see The Family Stone for a good example of his better work), is quite poor. The acting of Elisabeth Shue, the actual "Gracie" in real life, even comes off as very wooden. I would have thought her acting should be the most genuine of all given this is "her" story, but it wasn't to be.
Carly Schroeder, in the main role as Gracie, is the main positive to come from this movie. She puts forward a decent performance (or perhaps the best of a bad bunch) and I'm surprised she hasn't gone on to do more. Her character was poorly written in my opinion.
One of my major pet peeves in sporting movies is the "in-game" play looking realistic - and this movie does not really deliver the goods in that respect either. I didn't believe that when Gracie eventually hit the field, she was good enough to be out there.
If you're desperate to watch something, and you're a soccer fan, you may find this somewhat entertaining. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother.