Soccer Fu! I just watched one of the funniest movies ever, Shaolin Soccer. Laugh? I thought I’d die! I had no idea that footballing fu’sters could be so hi-larious. It’s so good, in fact, that I just have to own it and lucky, lucky me Overstock.com has it for $9.99. Needless to say it’s already in the electronic shopping cart.
The story is very different than I remember it from the marketing blurbs. I swear they were advertising it like a bunch of monks were playing soccer. Ergo, I expected the movie to be set in a monastery ... with the characters being more like Grasshoppa’ and less like the Farrelly Brothers. But it’s none of the former and a lot of the latter--there’s no Hallmark moments in this little gem. Although, it is quite uplifting in it’s own silly way, as is typical of the good Underdog Comedies (not to be confused with the actual Underdog who is, well, a dog ..and a cartoon.) Actually, our heroes are a bunch of former Shaolin classmates, “brothers” who were Kung Fu masters who are now basically a bunch of losers. They each have Fu Specialties like Iron Head and Mighty Steel Leg.
Take a ridiculous premise, throw in super fu powers and then add in some accidentally funny subtitles and you’ve got this great little movie. The CGI effects are Matrixy but they’re really fun and they don’t feel stale, even though that stuff has been done to death. At it’s heart this movie remains a whimsical underdog story steeped in delicious goofiness. How can you not love it?