Her Best Move (2007)

dir. Norm Hunter

A teenage girl has to balance sports, friends, family, romance, and education. That’s the movie. Just, y’know, life. Despite the central conceit of – gasp! A girl playing football – the film is pretty generic, with each character stepping into their moulded place: Encouraging Best Friend, Eager Father, Sympathetic Mother, Boyfriendy Boyfriend. It’s nice to see a film featuring a young girl who’s talented at football, but the movie seems to believe this is more of a curse than it is a blessing. By the time the main character’s busy life has propelled her into a breakdown, the audience knows it’s not so bad because it’s all scored to upbeat pop songs. Wouldn’t want too much conflict, now.

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