When her soccer star brother gets killed, a 1970s-era New Jersey high school girl (flaxen-haired Carly Schroeder) is determined to make the boys' soccer team and prove herself against all odds. Too bad the odds include Bend It Like Beckham. The memory of that English femme-footie inspirational hit makes this family-produced all-American yarn (Andrew Shue produced and acts, Elisabeth Shue plays Gracie's mom) seem redundant and more than slightly dull. Worse than that, the earnest period drama passes up its opportunity to relate to the East Coast soccer craze of the times in favor of the same cornball female empowerment hand wringer we've seen a hundred times before. That's Dermot Mulroney as Gracie's skeptical soccer dad. Directed with all the air let out of it by Davis Guggenheim, a long way from An Inconvenient Truth.
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Producer: Davis Guggenheim, Elisabeth Shue, John Shue and Lemore Syvan
Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Andrew Shue, Carly Schroeder and Dermot Mulroney