Next Goal Wins (2014)
Directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
While compelling enough, Next Goal Wins follows the typical underdog formula we've come to expect in nearly every feature film about sports. The Bad News Bears of the soccer world, the attempts at profiling certain members of the team fall a bit flat as there's a blatant exploitation of the least-athletic to show their "growth" under Coach Rongen. Rongen admittedly is quite a character and his motivational techniques and coaching styles were the most enjoyable aspects of the film, but Next Goal Wins, while certainly watchable, doesn't extend beyond the average and isn't quite worth your time unless you're a huge fan of soccer.
The RyMickey Rating: C