9 Soccer Movies to Help You With Your Impending World Cup Withdrawal
Not sure if you've aware, but apparently the World Cup is going on? It's this little sporting event that happens every four years? It's in Brazil this year? It's turned everyone crazy for a sport they didn't care much about until a few weeks ago? Oh, you've heard of it?
It's been a lot of fun gathering with friends, jostling for a glimpse of the TV in a sports bar, and voicing loud, strong opinions about flops, yellow cards, wall passes, and that foam stuff the refs use. And best of all, we're doing really well. So well, in fact, that the U.S. isn't the only nation cheering for the U.S. anymore. It's doubtful that we'll reach South American-levels of soccer madness anytime soon, but we're at least starting to catch up. Try getting into a Manhattan sports bar when there's a U.S. World Cup game on and you'll see what I mean.
The only problem is, once it's over, we've got four more years until we can feed our World Cup obsession again! Sure, there's still Major League Soccer, but L.A. vs. New York hardly feels as high stakes as U.S. vs. Ghana. Luckily, if you're looking for ways to ease your World Cup withdrawal, there are tons of fun movies about soccer to help!
Here are 9 movies to help you deal with your newfound love of the game!
Bend It Like Beckham
If you think that Pirates of the Caribbean was your introduction to Keira Knightley, you're wrong — if you're anything like me, you first saw Keira Knightly bra shopping with her hilarious, embarrassing mother in this little gem of a girl-power flick!
She's The Man
You've got soccer, you've got Amanda Bynes at her very best, and you've got pre-super-fame Channing Tatum. Oh, you've also got Shakespeare... sort of.
No, not the American remake with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore about baseball, the original British film, which starred Colin Firth as a man who has to chose between the woman he loves and his obsession with Arsenal Football Club.
Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen star as— spoiler alert— identical twins who are total opposites! I know, I'm shocked, too. One is great at soccer, one is terrible, you get the idea. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the 90s outfits and references.
A group of Shaolin monks decide to put their martial arts skills to use as soccer stars as a way to promote their faith to the masses in this light action-comedy.
The Big Green
If you ever watched Disney in the '90s (and yes, I know you did), you probably caught at least part of The Big Green, which was basically The Mighty Ducks, but with soccer.
Kicking and Screaming
Important note: I'm talking about the Will Ferrell comedy about a dad trying to connect to his son by coaching his soccer league, not the Noah Baumbach quarter-life crisis film.
Air Bud 3: World Pup
Look, frankly I don't know why they haven't sent in a team of golden retriever puppies to help the U.S. team out yet — according to this film, which I'm assuming is a documentary, golden retrievers are basically the Cristiano Ronaldos of the animal kingdom.
Rodney Dangerfield attempts to connect with his stepson by dressing him up as a girl and having him play on the girls' soccer team he's been roped into coaching. I watched this an absurd amount of times as a kid for some reason. It also features Jackée "The Mom From Sister Sister" Harry as Dangerfield's sassy assistant coach.