Teens learn lessons about life and love while trying to make the most of their high-school years in this Danish take on AMERICAN PIE-style coming-of-age films. The less-than-original story revolves around three young soccer stars who are beginning to burn out on the sport they love. Bo (Cyron Bjorn Melville) is the team's standout player, and a professional career in Italy is within his reach. As long as he can keep his drinking and partying to a minimum when the Italian scouts come to visit, he's almost guaranteed a professional gig. Teammates Jakob (Jacob Oliver Krarup) and Mikkel (Esben Smed) feel overshadowed by Bo and direct their attention elsewhere toward the team's goalie and requisite beauty Helena (Ina Centio). Jakob develops a serious schoolboy crush on her, but just as he works up the nerve to act on his urges, Helena's family moves away and she's never seen again. The distraught Jakob turns to his buddies for consolation, which usually takes the form of conversation and cocktails. They hang out in an abandoned summer home and while away the time in typical teenage fashion, smoking, drinking and occasionally indulging in a little petty vandalism. After a weekend of debauchery, the friends get a pleasant surprise at school: Their shy but striking classmate Mathilde (Marie Bach Hansen) offers to step in for the absent Helena and help out with a class project. The inevitable budding romance develops between Mathilde and Jakob, but he's reluctant to get involved after having been abandoned by his "true love." Jakob is torn between spending time with Mathilde and soccer practice, envious of Bo's ongoing triumphs and aware that their friendship will probably dissolve after Bo moves to Italy. The coach asks Jakob to keep an eye on Bo on the eve of the big game; he half-heartedly agrees, but the two of them go out partying anyway. Bo has forgotten that the talent scouts are in town and gets seriously drunk before Jakob can remind him of the game's importance; the next day Bo arrives on the field hungover and lashes out at Jakob. Screenwriter Jesper Wung-Sung intertwines the boys' stories effectively, but the heavy-duty teen drama and director Aage Rais-Nordentoft's gritty aesthetic don't mix well with the raunchy sex jokes. In the end it's only a halfway decent variation on an all-too familiar genre.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: NR
- Review: Teens learn lessons about life and love while trying to make the most of their high-school years in this Danish take on AMERICAN PIE-style coming-of-age films. The less-than-original story revolves around three young soccer stars who are beginning to burn… (more)