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United We Fall

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

What do you call a sports movie with no sports? This peculiar, microbudget mock-doc hatchet job on Manchester United – a rough pastiche of last year’s celebratory documentary ‘Class of ‘92’ – doesn’t employ enough actors to field a football team, so it’s hardly surprising that actual on-pitch action is thin on the ground.

It’s the story of how five fictional Man U players – loosely based on Beckham, Scholes et al – scupper their chances of winning the treble through a combination of hubris, incompetence and an inability to keep their trousers zipped. The result is not unbearable: the deadpan performances are all fairly convincing – Ryan Pope is particularly good value as a Giggs-like northern fundamentalist – and there are just enough half-decent jokes to keep it ticking along.

But the script treads extremely dodgy ground with regards to race, religion and sexuality, and the reliance on talking-head interviews gets repetitive. Man City fans will presumably lap it up, but this is really just an 89-minute exercise in celebrity trolling.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Release date:Friday 17 October 2014
  • Duration:86 mins

Cast and crew

  • Screenwriter:Gary Sinyor
  • Cast:
    • Gary Sinyor
    • Jack Donnelly
    • Amy Beth Hayes
    • Anouska Mond
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