Looking for Eric

2010

Looking for Eric

Critics 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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  • 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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