The Swiftboys may be called All Stars in the title, this nowhere, North Holland amateur soccer team consists of boys who since childhood enjoy the game itself -only gay captain Bram, a ...
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The Swiftboys may be called All Stars in the title, this nowhere, North Holland amateur soccer team consists of boys who since childhood enjoy the game itself -only gay captain Bram, a lawyer, takes the trouble to spend time on official club business- less then the camaraderie as none has the making of anything resembling a star player, to put it kindly, so they usually end their season by demotion. The point is having fun on the field, in the locker-room, in the canteen, and whenever something happens in one's life one or more of the others are likely to get involved, which also goes for some players' female partners, while male bonding seems only to stimulate their flirtatious lust. The chairman is a cigar-smoking fat rat, who intends to exploit the various teams using his infrastructure, and comes to employ as barmaid ex-con Nadja, a red-hair harpy nevertheless considered sexy by most straight boys. Written by
All stars - de series (based on the movie from Jean van de Velde, 1997, who also made this title) is superb to the movie. The movie was not bad, pretty good actually: there were soccer players and they all had their problems they had to deal with. But in the movie they weren't on the field so much. And that automatically means that they were not together all the time. That is a shame, because there can only be funny or dramatic scenes when the guys (a bunch of losers, ordinary people)are together. This is why the series is so good: they play soccer in every episode, they shower in (almost) every episode and this means a lot of funny and dramatic conversations between the guys. And some other thing that's very important: the actors are great, perfect. Especially Thomas Acda playing Willem, the keeper, a loser with a wife, kids and a business who is tired of his wife and his kids and likes his business. Unfortunately he has quit All stars -de series, that's a shame. But all the other actors make up for his missing. Roeland Fernhout and Dirk Zeelenberg are perfect as the gay Bram (Fernhout was the first Bram in the series), Kasper van Kooten IS total loser Peter who started to play with the all stars when they all were seven, wile the others started as they were six and this is still a problem for him. He is not really 'one of them'. Daniel Boissevain and Kees Boot are splendid as the 'angry young man' Johnny and Raymbi Sambo plays his role (named Paul) with so much fun that you just start to love him. And if there isn't enough quality acting there are Antonie Kamerling and Cas Jansen as Hero and Nemo. They are brothers and they are always stoned and this makes them say the most idiot things, that means , if they are able of speaking properly. This is a perfect series with perfect actors and much of laughs and sometimes a little drama which makes you think. But the laughter is the most important ingredient of this Emmy Award winning Dutch series.
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