Joss Barratt
Owen Gleiberman
May 17, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Looking for Eric

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
116 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/14/10
performer
Eric Cantona, Steve Evets
director
Ken Loach
author
Paul Laverty
genre
Drama, Comedy
We gave it a C-

The British director Ken Loach can be a master of working-class realism, but not in this cranky, rudderless shambles. Eric (Steve Evets), a sad-sack postman from Manchester, has made a mess of his life. Years ago, he ditched his pregnant wife, and he has never recovered from that mistake. Now, though, he has a savior: the former French soccer superstar Eric Cantona (as himself), who shows up to dispense advice like Humphrey Bogart in Play It Again, Sam. Looking for Eric, with its noisy bloke bluster, hardly sticks to this conceit — or, really, to anything else. It’s a kitchen sink full of dirty dishes that don’t match. (Available on cable via on demand) C-

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