It is almost impossible to put into words how ghastly this film is.Pretentious, trite, fatuous, totally unengaging and appalling badlyacted. It encapsulates all that is dismal and wrong about the BritishFilm Industry. Steve Evets who plays the lead role is apparently only apart-time actor and it showed in his one-dimensional shallowperformance. He wasn't helped by a script (if indeed there was anythingas formal as a script) that veered ploddingly from melodramatic throughsentimental before crashing into implausibility. I didn't help that itwas so badly shot: I saw a screening of a digital print and it stilllooked like it had been filmed through a sock and lit by a candle. Itis a mystery why this film has garnered such enthusiastic reviews inthe UK. The only plausible reason is that the critics are unwilling tofind fault with such an orgy of indulgent, pretentious,self-gratification when the instigator is the "great" Ken Loach.User: Ron Plasma
Upfront. For those of you who didn't pick it up, naming no names, theheroes follow FC United of Manchester - a REAL club. If "Looking ForEric" uplifted you, search out FCUM on t'internet.
Continuing. There is a team in my native Stretford who dropped"Football" and "Club" from their franchise badge some time ago.Discuss. (Non-British "franchise" is a word of contempt in football.)
Season tickets, (OK a "room"), for ?250,000? FC 'em.
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous film. I'm biased. But I was told not toshout in my summary.
Ron (Viewed 13Jun09 and 16Jun09 and 28Jun09 and waiting for the FCUnited DVD.)
This was a surprising film, with an unusual narrative structure. It isnot at all about football, although there are many great goals. And thelegendary Cantona does figure prominently, so fans will not bedisappointed. Rather the film is about a lonely Manchester postman inhis forties, a dysfunctional family, and how they all go aboutrebuilding their lives. Enough said, as if you knew too much about theplot, it would take some of the pleasure out. The action is cathartic.The meanies get their upstarts. And the family seems to be on the roadto a better life by the close. The film also got quite a few laughs inthe Paris cinema where I saw it. I actually know a startlingly similardysfunctional family (in France), also with problems related to drugs.In real life, it is no laugh. The film won the Ecumenical prize atCannes 2009, with the judges citing its great artistic quality and it'shumour, optimism and humanism. It does that by portraying values suchas friendship and family. Cantona epitomises in one sentence thesolidarity: 'My best piece of football I remember is not a goal but apass' ". Warning: even native speakers of UK English would have toconcentrate very hard to understand all the dialogue, if not fromManchester. And yes, the plebs do actually speak like this. Subtitlesmight be useful. But you could just let the film flow over you.User: Gordon-11
This film is about a football fan who faces many difficulties invarious aspects in his life. He gets a lot of help from an unlikely andimaginary hero.
I heard "Looking for Eric" is funny and is really good, butunfortunately I cannot agree. The story is confusing, and it is nothelped by the northern accent which I cannot comprehend at all. As aresult, I constantly have no idea what is going on. Though the film isdown to earth and unpretentious about every day life, this does nothelp with building empathy and connection with the viewers. I cannotfeel for any of the characters. I was bored and confused throughout thefilm, and in fact I am still looking for what it is about.
This could have been an excellent film; it had plenty of good acting,and the farce of having Cantona appear as a philosophical life coachwas great (he did a fine job).
But the script, otherwise, was SO canned, so superficial, sopredictable, like so much that is on British TV and film. There was noreal flow to the film, just a lot of jerking around. Throwing indog-food adverts occasionally would have helped.
The final 15 minutes, as commented earlier, is totally pasted-on crap,the scene at the mobster's house, the happy reunion with photos & suedeshoes. Barf.
4/10 is generous here. This was really garbage.
"Looking for Eric" is an absolute gem, a charming comedy-drama thattotally captured my heart. Feel good fare of the highest quality, andthe working class folk the film depicts are bloody marvelous. Not thatI ever thought of them as working class folk - more like first classfolk; the salt-of-the-earth. Steve Levets serves up an unforgettableperformance as Eric, and the great football legend, Eric Cantona, playshimself. He's a warm, funny presence and totally lovable. I loved"Looking for Eric", and hugely recommend it. God, I wish there weremore movies of this quality around. It made me laugh, it made me cry,and it left me with a big sloppy, happy grin on my face. Now excuse me,but I'm off to light up a huge spliff and summon up the spirit of EricCantona - maybe he has a few life lessons for me. Don't miss this film.A real treat, it's Ken Loach's most enjoyable flick yet.User: beewise
oooh aaaah Cantona.... OK - middle aged woman fantasy he maybe - butnot for me except in the footballing sense! lol - as a Chelsea fan atthe time of his greatness even I was totally enthralled by this man'sfootballing prowess. He was special. Even before the Special One...Then this film comes along - and wow - he can act - and the part heplays - well! WOW! Amazing - it's all you'd ever want in a best friend.It's even got romance (not too yucky - but maybe a bit too much for menwho've had a similar experience like Eric the Postman and for whomthere is no going back...) But, all in all a totally wonderful film.And, to end in a footballing vein, who is out there in now that is, asthis man was? Absolutely no-one. More's the pity. (Cue seagulls...)User: cao1
This is a story of shame, friendship, family, forgiveness, football &two Erics. I was fortunate enough to watch an advanced screeningyesterday. Unless, you've got a serious hatred of anything ManchesterUnited, you'll enjoy this movie. As a United fangirl (circa '96), Ienjoyed the old clips of King Eric in action & the conversations themen had about football, reminded me why I loved "the beautiful game" inthe first place. The acting was top-notch, although my friend believedthat the actor, who played Jess, was the weak link. There weredefinitely a lot of laughs (plus some teary* bits) in this movie,including the above quote, which had me in fits. Plus, I'll never see achicken in the same way again.
*Hey, I said teary, not crying, unless you're really a big softie.
I'm a huge fan of Ken Loach, but LOOKING FOR ERIC felt forced (and abit 'rang-in', performance wise) I'm fully aware that Loach was goingfor a more fantasy approach with this movie. But when nothing at all'rings true' how are we supposed to know where the fantasy begins, andwhat makes it so fantastical in the first place (i'd sooner believethat Eric Cantona could appear from nowhere to dispense advice.....overthinking that a bit of red paint and a few smashed television sets,would deter a local crime boss from seeking any kind of retribution?)And none of this would matter of course, unless we weren't discussing amovie from the master of realism himself, Ken Loach.
Now don't get me wrong,