This is my 3993rd Review
Thanks to Emily of The Flapper Dame for this recommendation.
She chose that I pick a film starring Colin Firth
“Why is it that adults aren’t supposed to go mad about anything? You gotta keep a lid on it. And if you don’t then people are apparently entitled to say what they like. “You haven’t grown up. You’re a moron. Your conversation is trivial and boorish. You can’t express your emotional needs. You can’t relate to your children.” And you die, lonely and miserable. But you know, what the hell, every cloud has a silver lining.” – Paul
Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Apr 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A teacher obsessed with football (soccer) has trouble juggling his sports life with his love life.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years yet never had the chance to.
I have always been a HUGE fan of the American remake by the Farrelly Brothers and starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore.
That film spoke to me so much and I had hopes that this film could do something similar but probably sue to the use of football (soccer) and the British tint of things took away from it a bit.
The overall idea about finding a balance between sports and love works very well here and that aspect shines through in each version.
Colin Firth is great in the lead role and eventhough he is slightly unrecognizable due to his youth and his very unkept hairstyle, he comes across as the kind of teacher many of us would wish we had in our lives in order to learn about life and sports.
Bottom Line – Very interesting idea that works quite well. The American remake of this film speaks to me much more directly and that is among my favorite rom-coms. Perhaps part of my issue with this film is the British aspects of it including football which I’m less of a fan of than baseball. The story does do a great job dealing with how people need to find a way to seek the balances in life no matter what. Firth is almost unrecognizable in this role because of his youth and unkept hair and comes across as the kind of teacher that many of us wish we might have had the pleasure to have taught us about life…and sports. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Sarah asks Paul to quote Lord Byron, he quotes a famous couplet, “The Assyrians came down like the wolf on the fold; / Their cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold.” But he changes “purple and gold” to “black and old gold,” the colors of the Wolves football team. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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