What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this soccer drama includes racial tension, and characters use derogatory phrases about one another's culture (including "dago," "kraut," and "voodoo-hound"). There is some whistling at and ogling of women, but the men are mostly respectful of the women in their lives. The final match includes some emotional intensity that may be too stressful for young viewers. The message here is positive: Believe in yourself, and you will achieve greatness.
- Families can talk about how each family member pursues his or her dreams. What do you do when you feel discouraged? How did Frank, Walter, Pee Wee, and the gang handle disappointments? This is also a good opportunity to talk to kids about racial and cultural slurs and tolerance. How did Joe and Frank work out their religious differences?