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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 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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Kicking It illustrates the transformative power of sports.

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 11, 2008
Village Voice
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Results are somewhat inspiring, but equally predictable.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Kicking It

This is an interesting subject for a documentary, and while it isn?t THE MOST interesting thing out there, and starts off terribly meek, it isn?t bad when you get all the way through. It helps if you have any interest in football/soccer. But it becomes more of a character piece very quickly. However, I think this is the case of real life events letting the filmmakers down. There wasn?t too much build up for suspense and the people that you would naturally take more of an interest in don?t factor too much into the end results. However, this is a well made documentary that does fall into the sports doc category. Colin Farrell narrates and shows his face for the bookends. And I may have missed it, but there didn?t seem to be a message in connection with the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Still, decent.

Lee B
Lee B

Reality check for the homeless and addicts. Also enlightens what humanity is all about. Many choices are given and taken.

Kim Tupuola
Kim Tupuola

Football is one of the only sports I can stand to watch for long periods of time so my appreciation for this film is immediately furthered by its subject. The fact that these men are homeless yet get to participate for the Homeless World Cup is really inspiring. Some of the stories are terribly sad, but the good feelings are there too.

Rebecca C.
Rebecca C.

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