Goal! The Dream Begins | Chicago Reader

Goal! The Dream Begins

A young Mexican illegal from the LA barrio (Kuno Becker) is recruited by a scout for Newcastle United and rises to international superstardom in this guileless 2005 sports drama from Disney. Utilizing a sizable budget, director Danny Cannon deploys the score and dramatic helicopter shots of a high-powered action film, with mixed results. If you can abide booming orchestral punches during verbal confrontations and ubiquitous Adidas product placement, you'll be rewarded by exciting soccer sequences and the joy of watching a likable character triumph on a global stage. In English and subtitled Spanish. PG, 118 min.

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