31 May 2003 | artblose
muddled ensemble dramedy on soccer-obsessed Italians
In Magnolia fashion, we track (too) numerous characters with the central event being a huge soccer match between Spain and Manchester, taking place in Italy. A much-derided ref comes in for the game, and is feted, ridiculed, etc. as he meets various levels of rabid fans. We also get rap loving aimless teenagers, incompetent 20-somethings living off their folks, a pill-popping middle-aged mom, etc.
Making us actually care about the characters would have gone a long way to rescue this mess. What really grated though, was the racism, homophobia and sexism that might have been used to some positive example if any of the ideas would have been fleshed out. Add this one to Demon-Lover from France as a movie best to avoid (if it gets an art-house release).