Looking for Eric 2010

Looking for Eric

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Ken Loach's latest is an uplifting, entertaining and amusing socio-drama featuring a match-winning performance from Eric Cantona.

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Ever since his wife (Stephanie Bishop) left him, Eric Bishop's (Steve Evets) life has fallen apart. His two teen sons (Gerard Kearns, Stefan Gumbs) have little regard for him, his job at the post office is increasingly unfulfilling and he ends up in the hospital after a car crash. One night, he smokes marijuana and has a vision of his favorite Manchester United soccer player: Eric Cantona. With the help of his idol and his daughter (Lucy-Jo Hudson), Eric tries to get his life straightened out.

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  • Aug 03, 2012
    Proof that if everyone had Eric Cantona as an imaginary friend, the world would be a better place. Wonderful film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    Looking for Eric is a gritty and realistic comedy-drama, which doesn't sacrifice laughter in-spite of all the glumness. Eric Bishop is a typical miserable northener on the surface, and we follow him through his juggling act of a life, as he's helped along by Eric Cantona. It's full of interesting and well devoloped characters, and the acting is really quite striking. Even Eric Cantana is good, proving that sports stars can act (well he is playing himself). Throw a happy ending into the mix, and you have a brilliant story of a man overcoming his troubles, with the help of friends.
    Joel K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2011
    "Looking for Eric" starts with Eric Bishop(Steve Evets), a middle-aged postman, going around in circles. In a roundabout. In the wrong direction. Which leads to the inevitable collision but somehow manages to avoid any loss of life. After spending a few days in the hospital, Eric returns to his house to find it a disaster area due to his teenaged sons Ryan(Gerard Kearns) and Jess(Stefan Gumbs) having the unsupervised run of the place. At least, his daughter Sam(Lucy-Jo Hudson), now a mother herself, is more considerate, as she works towards a reconciliation between her parents, Eric and his first wife Lily(Stephanie Bishop). To help matters, Eric starts to receive advice from a most unexpected source. When I first heard the premise of "Looking for Eric," I feared writer Paul Laverty and director Ken Loach had finally gone soft. And I'm happy to report that this could not be any further from the truth as they display their customary talent for honestly depicting the struggles of working class characters.(This does not excuse the third act plot twist that comes out of nowhere, however.) One thing that eases the pain, at least temporarily, is sports and they use this to explore the culture of masculinity that forbids the men to talk about their feelings. Eric finds a way around that by confiding in an invocation of Manchester soccer legend Eric Cantona(who plays himself), instead of say David Beckham who has gone Hollywood, even though Cantona is French.(I mention this because some people still have not gotten over the Hundred Years' War.) It helps that Cantona seems like a man of the people who played when tickets to games were still affordable to the common man. In any case, Eric should not forget that he has friends and co-workers that have his back and cover for him when need be.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2010
    You don't have to be Cantona/Man U's fan to watch this because the theme is pretty common but you're gonna enjoy it even more if you're a Man U fan (like me). CANTONA the KING!
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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