The Unbeatables

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The Unbeatables

Footy fever in South America? Isn’t that sooo last month? A commercial opportunity has been missed here. Still, kids still experiencing World Cup withdrawal symptoms may be entertained by this animated oddity from Argentina (an unexpected move from director Juan José Campanella after winning an Oscar for ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’). Older viewers may struggle slightly with the wonkiness and logical lapses in this tale of a foosball table that comes stroppily to life. Its fun-size players rush to the aid of weedy pub owner Amadeo (Rupert Grint) when school-bully-turned-football-sensation Flash (Anthony Head) buys up the village and brings in the bulldozers. Why? To avenge a childhood foosball defeat, apparently – though even in this film’s knowingly silly universe, that’s pretty thin.

‘The Unbeatables’ was a smash on home turf, and it’s certainly as brash and busy and technically slick as a lot of Hollywood studio animations. However it’s clear that not all its Latin flair has made it to the English dub: the voice work feels stilted and perfunctory, while there’s a sense that more locally-flavoured gags have been circuitously translated. Points, however, for its ‘2001’-aping opening about the evolution of the sport – a sly dig at many footballers’ Neanderthal reputation.

By: Guy Lodge


Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday August 15 2014
Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Juan José Campanella
Screenwriter: Juan José Campanella

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Joseph P

The so-called film critics from the well-known spreadsheets slated this movie as the worst of 2013 which is complete and utter tripe and should only refer to their collective reviewing abilities. The film is packed full of humour for both kids and adults alike and demonstrates the importance of team spirit and unity in sport and life. Classic lines like 'Trust me- I worked for Fifa' from the agent and priceless primadonna quips from the footballers, together with subtle background jokes, make this film hilarious for kids and parents alike. My three yr old and older girls loved this movie and they are not even footie fans. Don't listen to the pompous film critics with over inflated egos and grandiose ideas as their opinions are about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.