Now available on digital (Movies Anywhere, Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu) is the fun comedy drama film (“dramady”), Next Goal Wins.
The film stars Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, Will Arnett and Oscar Knightley.
The film is based off the 2014 documentary by the same name.
Thomas Rongen (Fassbender) is a Dutch American soccer coach. Due to his antics on the field (let’s just say he has anger issues), he is given two options – get fired or accept the position as coach for the American Samoa national team so they could qualify for the FIFA World Cup. The team is the lowest ranking in the league and suffered the worst loss in World Cup history (31-0) against Australia. The team cannot score a goal, or stop goals from being scored against them.
Reluctantly, Rongen heads off to American Samoa to see if he can turn the team around. He only has three weeks to create a miracle.
On the island Rongen meets an colorful array of characters. Their happy-go-lucky and quirkiness is too much for down-on-his-luck Rongen.
Can Rongen do the impossible and help this seemingly helpless soccer team qualify for the nationals? To find out, check out Next Goal Wins. Look for it now on digital, or on Blu-ray and DVD February 27, 2024.
Whenever I want to watch a movie with my husband, he always checks out the Rotten Tomatoes score, as well as who is starring in the film. He’s familiar with Fassbender (one of his favorite films is the rather odd film, Frank). He told me that it had a low Rotten Tomatoes score (but high audience score). I reminded him of how many movies we have loved that others, especially critics, have panned. Even classic films such as A Christmas Story and Elf didn’t do well in theaters, but everyone loves them.
I don’t take other reviews to heart. I prefer to make my own judgement on films.
My husband went into watching this film with “little hope,” but he was laughing within minutes of the film starting. He absolutely loved this film, as did I.
I’m not one to watch sport themed movies, most especially one about soccer. I have nothing against soccer (I used to play soccer when I was younger), it’s just not a topic for a film that I would think I would enjoy. I was wrong.
The cast of characters in this film are very likeable and enjoyable. It’s like the soccer version of the Bad News Bears. Each soccer player has their own quirky personality. The other residents of the island are also very happy-go-lucky, which go against Rongen’s grouchiness.
We laughed a lot watching this film. But it’s not just a comedy (with a touch of drama, which is why I said it was a “dramady”). This is also a feel good film. I knew nothing about the American Samoa soccer team (I have never heard of this story until watching the film), so I had no idea how it would end. I was cheering for the ream to win and FINALLY make a goal. This film had me smiling from start to finish.
There is so much drama going on in the world these days that we all need to watch a feel good film from time to time.
I have the digital version of the film that I was given free to review. The Blu-ray/DVD version of the film does have bonus content.
- Creating The Pitch of Life – Explore filmmaker Taika Waititi’s loving homage to American Samoa, Polynesian culture, and the sports movie in this delightfully entertaining short-form documentary. See what it took to make a winning movie about the losingest soccer team in the world.
- Priest Blessing the Team
**Bonus features may vary by product and retailer
Next Goal Wins is rated PG-13.
The film is released by Searchlight Pictures.
Be sure to check out both the film and Searchlight Pictures on social media too!
The official hashtag is #NextGoalWins.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free copy of this film in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.