"Robert Duvall AND Michael Keaton...which means you should see it."
I'd contend that there are a select handful of American actors who make a film worth seeing solely because of their presence within. Robert Duvall is reiging leader of this club.Luckily most of the films in which you'd normally see Robert Duvall are already pretty good movies (Gone in 60 Seconds notwithstanding obviously), but the old rascal still commands the screen no matter what he's asked to do.
In the familiar-yet-still-charming soccer flick A Shot at Glory, Duvall assumes the role of old-school Scottish soccer coach and irrepressable old coot. The movie could be outright garbage and I'd still have a good time with it. Duvall's onscreen for 90% of the running time!
So we got Robert Duvall as a lovable old coach who's in danger of losing his town's beloved team if he can't pull out some magic come playoff time. There's also a 'disgraced superstar come home to roost' situation, an estranged daughter complication to deal with, to say nothing of the half-dozen other players (and their various subplots) to contend with.
Anyone familiar with the age-old Sports Movie Conventions will find themselves comfortably soothed by the same old tunes delivered by a new band. Duvall is capably flanked by faces new (actual athlete Ally McCoist) and familiar: Michael Keaton steals too few scenes as the team's potentially nefarious owner, Brian Cox is devilish fun as Duvall's old rival, and the always-reliable Cole Hauser offers some small-yet-colorful work.
I was entirely smitten by the presence of Irish actress Kirsty Mitchell; she could be the worst actress in the universe for all I know, but damn she sure is cute.In other words, it's just another sports drama/character study. But this one makes up for in heart what it lacks in outright newness. Plus, like I already mentioned...it's Robert Duvall! C'mon!