By Owen Gleiberman
May 30, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
K.C. Bailey
type
  • Movie
Genre

In 1978, a high school girl playing competitive soccer wasn’t just novel — it was barely heard of. This amiable rouser, based on the experiences of Elisabeth Shue and her family (Shue was one of the producers), tries to convey how gutsy and role-smashing it is for Heather Graham-cute Gracie (Carly Schroeder) to cleat her way onto an all-boys soccer team. So why is Gracie as processed as an after-school special? You miss the knockabout edge of Bend It Like Beckham — though the ending, in its Pavlovian sports-flick way, pumps you up. C

type
  • Movie
Genre
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 90 minutes
director
  • Davis Guggenheim
Performers
Studio
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