Susan Koch & Jeff Werner
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About the Movie
In the summer of 2006, while the football world's attention was focused on Germany, thousands of players around the globe were training hard and competing to be part of another World Cup ... The Homeless World Cup. It had been a wild idea by a Scot and an Austrian—to give homeless people a chance to change their lives through an international street soccer competition.Five years later, the annual Homeless World Cup had become an internationally recognized sports competition. 500 homeless players from 48 nations would ultimately be selected to represent their country in Cape Town, South Africa - coming from such disparate parts of the world as war torn Afghanistan, the slums of Kenya, the drug rehab clinics of Dublin, Ireland, the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, the overflowing public shelters of Madrid, Spain, and the unforgiving city of St. Petersburg, Russia, where the homeless have no rights or identity. Win or lose, for these players it would be the journey of a lifetime.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: So earnest it hurts, Kicking It follows a half-dozen homeless men from around the globe as they ready for the fourth annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town.
Rotten: Results are somewhat inspiring, but equally predictable.
Fresh: Rarely has the healing power of sports been as genuinely depicted as in director Susan Koch's perception-altering documentary Kicking It.
Fresh: Kicking It illustrates the transformative power of sports.