A somewhat whimsical search for self amid a familiar Loachian landscape of stymied ambition. The mythic, social-realist contemplation works surprisingly well (odd shades of Harvey) although the social detail is unusually unconvincing with the contrived workmates self-help set-ups. One isn't much closer to Eric's Id by the end of it although an affirmation of manly friendship cannot be denied.
Very watchable and exposing of social dynamics that are interesting, if a bit cliché. The whole end of film can be see as either the power of the people but it is crude and only does a criticism of the authorities by what they don't do. The question of, what would I do, comes to mind.
Not that I know many of his films, but I wasn't expecting this from Ken Loach - nearly turned it off after the first half hour, not caring anything for football, but eventually you warm to Evets' character. Ridiculous as it is, the film is fun, funny and a little touching.
Beautiful, funny and warm-hearted film about friendship and in a way also about imagination (here: drug-induced). Eric Cantona who plays himself is quite convincing, but Steve Evets is the true star here. A man between suicide and childlike enthusiasm and love for his family and friends. If only it wasn't so damn hard to understand him and his lads...