Green Street Hooligans (2005)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Sport

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A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

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  • Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam in Green Street Hooligans (2005)
  • Green Street Hooligans (2005)
  • Charlie Hunnam in Green Street Hooligans (2005)
  • Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam in Green Street Hooligans (2005)
  • Charlie Hunnam in Green Street Hooligans (2005)
  • Charlie Hunnam and Rafe Spall in Green Street Hooligans (2005)

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25 August 2005 | simon70
| Excellent film about football hooligans
I saw this at a mystery preview screening where I didn't know what film was going to be shown. Sometimes these previews turn out to be real turkeys but thankfully that wasn't the case this time.

Without revealing too much of the story, Elijah Wood's character gets kicked out of Harvard for a drug offence he didn't commit. He flies to London to visit his sister and quickly gets caught up in a small group of West Ham United supporting hooligans called the Green Street Elite.

The film does slightly glamorise the violence, but ends on a moralising note. An engaging storyline, good cinematography and decent cast performances make this a very enjoyable film.

Two minor demerits: 1) Charlie Hunnam's "cor blimey guv'nor" accent owes more to Dick van Dyke than London's East End.

2) To establish that Wood's character has landed in London, we hear this frankly ridiculous message over the airport's PA system - "this is a security announcement at London Heathrow airport". Presumably this was inserted for the hard of thinking.

To all the Americans who have commented that they'd avoid British football matches as a result of this film, I point out that this film is fiction - not a documentary. Hooligans are an absolutely tiny minority of the crowd at a football match and even then they invariably only fight among themselves rather than randomly attacking innocent members of the public (something the film accurately portrayed).

All in all, an excellent film, worth going to see.

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