Kicking It


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 Table Mountain as the backdrop. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu joins the players, declaring homelessness the new "apartheid." For 7 days of fiercely competitive matches, the teams vie for the championship cups. Despite the fact that they may not have a home, the players wear the colors of their country with pride. From shattering misconceptions about the homeless to seeing people living at the edge of society discover that they also can be winners, the film shows in a real and powerful way that sports can and does change lives. As the Russian coach observes, "To me, football is the best model for real life. There is no last game in football and there is no last game in real life. You always have another chance to win."

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Colin Farrell
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for Kicking It

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

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

Jun 27, 2008 | Full Review…

Kicking It illustrates the transformative power of sports.

Jun 26, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 13, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 13, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Results are somewhat inspiring, but equally predictable.

Jan 23, 2008
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