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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.
Kicking It illustrates the transformative power of sports.
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.
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.
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.
Results are somewhat inspiring, but equally predictable.
Earnest and inspirational sports docu narrated by Colin Farrell
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.
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.
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.
Plain-spoken and smoothly paced.
That this documentary feeds some stereotypes and gives only cursory understanding but much hand-wringing is a shame.
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