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Critic Reviews for Breakaway
With a script credited to five writers including its star Vinay Virmani, it is a movie that keeps skating madly off in different directions and desperately needs more coaching than director Robert Lieberman provides.
[A] pleasant timewaster, which has a good cast but a not-so-good script.
There are no surprises here, with father-son crisis and reconciliation, scaled-down quasi-Bollywood production numbers and the climactic big game all arriving on cue.
Much better than the other reviews reflect. A feel-good entertainment that sheds light on the misunderstood but heroic Sikh peoples. Now available on Netflix streaming, see for yourself and don't rely on the critics.
The shakiest scenes in Breakaway, a hockey-meets-Bollywood mash-up about skating Sikh-Canadians, occur on the ice. Take that for what you will. The rest of this nimbly-paced but routinely-plotted sports fable is tolerably more entertaining.
Audience Reviews for Breakaway
Not at all unwatchable or without charm, but I can't help feeling this movie was trying to recreate the successes of ,"Bend It Like Beckham" only in this movie the male lead is an Indian Canadian who plays hockey (not a young Indian British girl who plays soccer). They even have the same actor reprising his role as the uncompromising, traditional Indian father! Lightweight and predictable.
It's a feel-good sports story you've seen a hundred times before, but this time with a twist: the hockey team isn't just seeking to become improbable champions, it's telling a larger story about acceptance and diversity. A bit hokey - produced with the support of the CBC, and without a doubt a movie that will be shown in schools coast-to-coast - the script trots out one cliched piece of dialogue after another, but the Bollywood indulgences, the Sports Movie Template - complete with Tournament Ladder Climbing Montage (TM) - and the central character's quest for his father's approval (and a new love, too) combine to make this an enjoyable, simple film. Probably not as good as some other movies I've given three stars to, but I was able to look past the annoying similarities to cheesy Tim Hortons commercials and follow the characters, particularly the lead, Rajveer (Vinay Virmani). Russell Peters can't really act, but hey, what can you do? I'm finding it really hard to be severe with this film. It seems designed to make viewers happy, and for this one, it did the job.
This movie had a lot of conflicting ideas and that made it hard to follow, but the cast was funny and the story overall was entertaining.