Looking for Eric (2010)

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

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A man trying to put his life back on track gets some advice from an unexpected benefactor in this comedy drama from acclaimed British director Ken Loach. Eric Bishop (Steve Evets) is a postman living in Manchester whose life has been slowly going off the rails ever since his wife, Lily (Stephanie Bishop), walked out on him. Eric has just been released from the hospital after an auto accident, and comes home to a house that's a mess and two teenage sons, Ryan (Gerard Kearns) and Jess (Stefan Gumbs), who regard their dad as an annoyance rather than an authority figure. Eric's oldest child, a grown daughter named Sam (Lucy-Jo Hudson), loves him but can't get her mother or brothers to show him any respect. And his friends from work don't know what to do for him, except allow him to talk about football and his favorite team, Manchester United. One night, Eric is home alone, smoking some weed, and to his amazement he's visited by an apparition of Eric Cantona, the French footballer who was a star for Manchester United in the 1990s until he retired and dropped out of sight. Cantona's ghost has come to give Eric a pep talk and offer him some advice on how to win Lily back, and as Eric tries to convince his wife to give him another chance, Cantona periodically appears to coach him in the ways of romance. Looking for Eric was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Cast

Max Beesley
as Eric's Father
Julie Brown
as Nurse
Eric Cantona
as Eric Cantona
Matthew McNulty
as Young Eric
Greg Cook
as Monk
John Henshaw
as Meatballs
Steve Evets
as Eric Bishop
Laura Ainsworth
as Young Lily
Kelly Bowland
as Ryan's Girlfriend
Mick Ferry
as Judge
Johnny Travis
as Travis
Ryan Pope
as Fenner
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Critic Reviews for Looking for Eric

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (22)

[A] well-meaning misfire.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film feels a little slow at times, but its characters always seem real, and the final scene is genuinely heartwarming...

August 26, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

In a rousing change of pace, England's master of dramatized poverty, marginalization and despair dabbles in comedy, fantasy, soccer and wish-fulfillment, with charming, audience-pleasing results.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The motley crew of buddies, played by a passel of Manchester stand-up comedians, is a distinctive and amusing lot, and Evets does a great job in the lead

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Film.com
Top Critic

Loach strains hard for fun in Looking for Eric, but he's like a jokester who doesn't know how to tell a joke.

Full Review… | May 28, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
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Looking for Eric emerges as a portrait of a world and a way of life.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Looking for Eric

A delightful and amazingly engaging tragicomedy that blends sadness, tenderness and a lot of humor to deliver this heart-warming story that benefits from some amazing performances - especially by a hilarious Eric Cantona at his most philosophical.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Kelly
Joel Kelly

Super Reviewer

An undeniable amusing feel good movie and Ken Loach's most entertaining one.Most of Loach's greatness is due to his screenwriter,who once again did a great job and wrote an another diffrent screenplay,which was flawed but atleast audience's interests were considered in it.There were few scenes that i didnt like,such as when Eric Cantona was talking about his football career and best moments of his life while some parts of his games was shown, which was inappropriate and also portraying an asshole like Eric Cantona as a hero who changed the man's life,while we know footballers are pricks.

Reza Mohseni
Reza Mohseni

Super Reviewer

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