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A discussion about how extreme sports movies always have to have a criminal element in the "Quicksilver" thread immediately made me think of this. I may be the only human being that remembers that this thing played for about a week in theaters (except my boss at the theater, who has the poster on display in his living room), and while I'm certain that I haven't seen it in its entirety, it's probably a great (and by that I mean "horribly cringe-worthy") piece of early 2000's nostalgia, when the corpse of the word "Extreme" had only just recently gone cold after being beaten to death with its own skateboard.
I'm a sucker for great child based sport movies. The 90's were the era in which there were a glut of of them. Most of the films were baseball centric and were great. Some were better than others, but non the less great ( The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Little Big League, Angels in the Outfield). Disney (who produced Angels in the Outfield) clearly felt they had to keep riding this wave and go a step further with the sport children's film sub genre by adding time travel to the mix. What you end up getting with a A Kid in King Arthur's Court is a mish mash of film elements from both Medieval/sports movies which should never be mixed. This film contains beyond ridiculous dialogue, cheesy acting and lousy narrative. I saw this in the theaters at 9 and even then I knew it was bad and felt like my mother needed to get her money back. Wild fact- This film was the first if not one of the first big screen, big budget films for Daniel Craig and Kate Winslet (Kate friggin Winslet) Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t0wnZBkDbE
The rotten tomatoes audience score is somehow 81%, which is strange because this movie is GODAWFUL. It centers around an illegal immigrant from LA who becomes a professional soccer player in England. The story is derivative, the characters are wooden and one-dimensional, and the "soccer" on display is farcically bad. It cost 10 million and grossed only four and a half. Also, this fictional player doesn't join Manchester United, Chelsea, or another big club. He joins Newcastle United. And this movie got two sequels, that are somehow worse. It was nominated four two teen choice awards, and some other awards I have never heard of. Trailer: ► 2:16
This movie is incredible. An underdog sports movie, somehow built around a dream team of the best dancers in America. That's right, a national search for our best breakdancers is part of this little-engine-that-could story about Americans trying to reclaim the world breakdancing competition after 15 years of losing to France and South Korea. This is a movie that opens with a businessman addressing his boardroom with the lines "I was at a concert this past weekend and I heard some high school kids saying that B-boying is no longer cool. That scared me." A movie featuring Sawyer from LOST as an alcoholic former B-boy channeling Coach Taylor. A movie in which there's about 20 seconds of reaction after a breakdancer admits he's Jewish. A movie with about a dozen incredible real-life B-boys - and Chris Brown doing cartwheels. The A.V. Club gave it a rare "F" in this spot-on review that details some of the obscene product placement (mostly for the director's previous film): www.avclub.com/articles/battle-of-the-year,103121