Thursday, May 11, 2006

Goal! The Dream Begins

Posted on Thu, May 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

**
Goal! The Dream Begins
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Rated: PG
Cast: Kuno Becker, Stephen Dillane, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Marcel Iures
Director: Danny Cannon
WorkNameSort: Goal! The Dream Begins
Our Rating: 2.00
Current events lend a veneer of relevance to an otherwise cliché-ridden Disney acquisition about an undocumented Mexican worker (Kuno Becker) who travels from Los Angeles to England to become a soccer star. In the course of a lumbering 118 minutes, the movie is variously a dewy plea for tolerance, a sporting Cinderella story, a father/ son reconciliation drama and a 'will success spoil Rock Hunter?� cautionary tale. In other words, it's four movies you didn't especially need to see again. Worse, it undercuts its own message by making lead character Santiago every bit the compulsive rule-skirter arch conservatives fear. Not only does he neglect to tell his teammates he's asthmatic (kind of a big deal in sports), but an early scene has him lamenting that he can't get hired as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. Somehow, I don't think these are the issues. With a cameo by AC/DC's Brian Johnson, his name misspelled in the closing credits. (PG)

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