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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
My A***, 29 September 2001
Author: bowey from Newcastle, England
This film is almost a remake of the documentary about England's Manager Graham Talyor made during the qualification for the 1994 world cup. It follows a below par manager from the lower leagues who has to take on the England job when no-one else wants it. There are loads of hilarious scenes and those who know football will recognize plenty of characters based on real people in the football world. There are several good performances but Ricky Tomlinson steals the show as Mike Bassett, the part in the film when he loses his temper at half time is hilarious made even funnier as all the bad language is bleeped out and believe me the bleeping is the only thing you hear. Top draw film, one every football fan MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!!
12 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
A Funny comedy that rings true!, 23 June 2002
Author: John Taylor (email@example.com) from Bedfordshire, England
Mike Bassett:England Manager is a mock documentary about a new England Manager and the trials and tribulations he goes through during qualification and subsiquant world cup in Brazil. There are loads and loads of funny moments in this film and i promise you even if you are not a football fan you will like this a lot. Basically we see Ricky Tomlinson brilliantly playing the new England snatched from the first division as manager of Norwich City into the spotlight.We see all the things that really happen to England managers but exagerated ten fold with very funny consiquences such as the moment he wrote his first England team down on a fag packet and gave it to his P.A to type out for the press , 10 minutes later there were two new players added to the squad.......Benson & Hedges!!. One uncanny thing that does come out of the film is the results in the world cup, England beat Argentina 1-0 and go out of the tournement to Brazil ., exactly what happens a year after the film is made in the real world cup in Japan! 8 out of 10.
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
At last! A British comedy that makes me laugh!, 11 October 2005
The thing about this film is that although it is obviously an
exaggeration of the English soccer scene, it comes perilously close to
the truth. It is certainly true that thanks to a ruthless gutter press,
the England manager's job is a poisoned chalice, and no one wants it.
One can remember how Kevin Keegan was practically forced into the job,
a job for which he was ill-suited; and, in fairness to Mr Keegan, he
knew it and resigned quite quickly. In this film, in need of an England
manager, the Football Association offer the job to a second rater,
brilliantly played by Ricky Tomlinson.
The film is full of little exaggerations. There is a quick shot of the back of the English goalkeeper, with an enormous pony tail. And my favourite scene is where the England squad meets the Republic of Ireland team comprising of English players sporting their new Irish accents. And of course the classic scene: Mike Bassett's half-time talk.
This film is brilliantly done. Certainly the best soccer film I have seen.
8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Great, 8 August 2003
Author: siideri_lasu from Finland
A great piece of work, the men responsible for the movie chose the right
attitude by using the angle of comedy, cause that's the only way to make a
sports movie, a sports event can never be moved to the screen succesfully
(except maybe Chariots of Fire) in a realistic way since the whole idea of
it is that you don't have clue who's going to win until it's all
Although I'm not from the UK I did get most of the jokes since I follow footie a lot and am a big fan of the game.
a big thumbs up for the crew and actors, "Mike Bassett" is simply brilliant.
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
A must see for any football fan, 29 July 2003
Author: c_hookham from London
took the girlfriend to see this one and apart from the few sight gags she
didnt really get any of the jokes. However if you are a fan of the
game this will tickle you immensely.
There are loads of football in-jokes such as the 'gazza', Stuart
Pearce/Vinnie Jones and Ian Wright characters.
Very much in the Peter Kay style of understated spoofs
3/10 if you're not into football 9/10 if you are
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
It's football Jim, but not as we know it, 5 August 2004
Author: Phil Millward (manilla-73) from Manchester, England
Unlike most football related films this one actually references real
football rather than a dreamy game that the good guys always win in the
As with any sport related movie though it has limited appeal outside of someone that has an interest and understanding of the "Beautiful Game". In this case more so as really you need to be English and have suffered English international football to understand everything the film has to offer.
The jokes don't always 'hit the back of the net' but there is no need to 'send this one off' - (sorry for the puns).
On the whole an enjoyable diversion that sometimes does cut close to the bone (especially as the F.A. are falling apart us as I write this).
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Funny Mockumentary, but not for everyone, 20 February 2005
Author: Stefan Kahrs from Canterbury, England
This mock documentary about an England World Cup campaign has many
funny moments, but it can only fully be appreciated by people with a
good knowledge of English football.
The film is clearly modeled after the famous Channel 4 documentary "Graham Taylor: The impossible job", it only had to ever so slightly caricature its real life model to turn it into farce. As a result, the film has moments where it is hilarious and strangely realistic at the same time. Proof of that came a few years after the film was made, at Euro 2004, when David Beckham missed a penalty in almost exactly the same way (and by the same margin) as the England striker in this film.
Not all the jokes work, e.g. the car salesman turned England coach trying to flock Korean cars to England players just did not not ring true, but others were close enough to real life to make me laugh out loud, e.g. the video tape incident or the Pele interview.
The film will probably find it hard to find an appreciative audience outside Britain (certainly outside Europe), because there are too many footballing in-jokes. For example, when we hear about Mike's playing career with stints at Doncaster Rovers and Crewe Alexandra then this is very telling to a British audience, and the avid football follower in the rest of Europe can just about get the gist of it, but everybody else would be left bemused.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Great British Comedy, 26 January 2005
Author: roryeverett from United Kingdom
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
When I first saw the trailer for this film I thought, doesn't look to promising, and not being a great lover of British films I wasn't expecting much. Then...Once I watched; it shot into my top 10 films of all time. This film is hilarious from start to finish. Ricky Tomlinson, Dean Lennox Kelly and Bradley Walsh are great. There are so many must see scenes in this film; examples: When the England Team are in the changing room taking a lecture from the Manager(Tomlinson) When the Captain leads the team out of the changing room and puts his fist through the wall When Tonkinson (Dean Lennox Kelly) scores with his hand (Diego Maradona style) against Argentina, and celebrates by taking his clothes off and dives on the floor With Pelé also starring, - this a must-see for all Comedy and Football(Soccer) Fans.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Graham Taylor: England Manager (Do I Like That!), 2 July 2002
Author: Shaun Hennessy (henfish) from Chatham, Kent
Nobody wants the England manager's job so the Football Association appoint
Norwich City's Mike Bassett (Tomlinson) mainly on the strength of his
victory in the third rate Clutch Cup! Bassett might not be the world's
tactically astute manager, but the journeyman ex-player possesses an
undoubted love and passion for the beautiful game and an ambition (with
notable influence of Rudyard Kipling) to win the World
Grossly unsubtle and saturating hits on it's obvious targets, MB:EM is nevertheless a frequently likeable, occasionally hilarious and poignantly accurate journey on the roller-coaster that is following an under-achieving football giant towards potential footballing Shangri-La. The barbs against the FA despite being razor sharp become tediously repetitive and the character assassination of Paul Gascoigne verges on slanderous but, despite these qualms, the basic premise and the story's foundations are undeniably heartfelt and evocative: The crap qualifying; the false promise borne from results beyond our control; the singular world-beating performance and the 'bridge to far' appearance against feted opposition. All these elements fit snugly into the mockumentary style and, together with Tomlinson's energetic, frenetic and ultimately sympathetic performance (the 'forlorn loser in the hotel bedroom' scene towards the end is class pathos) create a worthy cinematic addition to our (attempts at) understanding of why twenty two men kicking a sphere around a field might cause us such replete apoplexy!
And it erases When Saturday Comes from the record of last great (!) English football pic!
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Basic but funny with a load of entertaining (if easy) digs at the English game, 22 February 2005
Author: bob the moo
When the stress of the job gives the manager of England's national
football team a stroke, the call goes out to Europe to find a quality
manager to take over. When that call goes unanswered the FA are forced
to look within the English game and, having been turned down by
everyone else, employ Division 1 manager Mike Bassett who has just won
the cup with Norwich. With three games left and one win needed to get
into the World Cup finals, can Mike's strategy of the standard 4-4-2,
aggressive old-school captain and rubbish penalty takers see the team
through the qualification stages? This film was pretty well timed when
it was released because, with Sven in charge it looked like the days of
uninspiring old-school English football managers who shout and swear
were long over and so it was easier to laugh at the "old days" being
sent up by this film. Of course watching it now, jokes about England
underachieving are perhaps not that funny (although as a Northern
Ireland supporter I can always find a chuckle when it comes to English
misfortune). However, if you are a follower of football in England then
this film will be enjoyable even if it is pretty basic and lines up
loads of easy targets from the start. The actual "plot" is not that
good and the cracks do begin to show in the final third when it goes
from a series of jokes to try and become an actual narrative but, aside
from these problems it surprised me by how entertaining it was. Of
course I wasn't roaring with laughter but it sent up plenty of easy
targets and had enough going for it to keep me consistently amused and
interested and, as with all sports movies, the "must win" game with
pumping music is always an easy thing to pull out of the bag.
The cast are fairly obvious and it is no wonder that none of them were mentioned when the awards ceremonies came around. Tomlinson is a convincing old-style manager who sends up Graham Taylor in particular with his comparison to vegetables and his swearing rants. He brings out some compassion from the character although I felt that the subplot with his family suffering abuse was poorly handled and seemed out of place. Support is good with the targets all covered, from the old men of the FA to the bloodlust journalists and fighting English thugs. None of them really do anything special but Walsh, Jackson, Jupitus and others are supported well with cameos from Pele, Basir and a few others.
Overall this isn't a particularly clever film but it has plenty of easy targets to aim at and it does manage to hit most of them. It isn't hilarious but I found it consistently amusing throughout, although it did weaken a bit towards the end. Outside of football fans and those with a knowledge of England I can't imagine this film going down too well but if you are in both of those camps then it is likely that you'll enjoy this even if it is fairly basic stuff.
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