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Looking for Eric (2009)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  27 May 2009 (France)
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Eric, a football fanatic postman whose life is descending into crisis, receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.

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Eric Cantona
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Stefan Gumbs ...
Lucy-Jo Hudson ...
Sam
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Maxton G. Beesley ...
Eric's Father (as Maxton Beesley)
Kelly Bowland ...
Ryan's Girlfriend
Julie Brown ...
Nurse
John Henshaw ...
Meatballs
Justin Moorhouse ...
Spleen
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Eric Bishop, a middle-aged postman working for the Manchester sorting office, is going through a dreadful crisis. For starters, his second life companion has not resurfaced although she was released from prison a few months ago. He is left alone with two stepsons to look after, which is no bed of roses since the two teens disrespect him and keep disobeying him. To make matters worse, Ryan, the older boy, fascinated by Zac, a dangerous gangster, has accepted to hide his gun in Eric's house. On the other hand, he is asked by Sam, his student daughter who has a newborn baby,to get back in touch with Lily, his separated wife. Now, Eric left her not long after she gave back to their daughter. As a result Eric panics... Having lost all his bearings, Eric Bishop soliloquizes face to the poster of his idol, another Eric, French footballer Eric Cantona, when the latter appears just like the genie out of Aladdin's lamp. Through a series of aphorisms peculiar to him, the footballer-philosopher ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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To win back the love of his life, Eric's going to need a little training.

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$6,743 (USA) (14 May 2010)

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$55,804 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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When Spleen asked who's scored after he left the bar, the television on the bar showed Paul Scholes who scored the only goal in that game. It was a real game between Manchester United and Barcelona, the second leg of the champion's league semi final in 2008. Scholes's goal was the only one of either leg and sent United through to the final, where they defeated Chelsea 6-5 on penalties to win the competition. See more »

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Lots of Laughs
10 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found this film extremely good fun. The plot was a little surreal, but it held you. The acting was excellent and there were lots of laughs. Cantona acquits himself perfectly respectably. As usual with Ken Loach, there was a bleaker side to the fun and the realities of ordinary people's lives were not glossed over or "prettied up". As is also the case with Loach films, one had the sensation that this was not being "acted" by professional luvvies, but conveyed with sincerity. This must be extremely difficult to achieve and I am full of admiration for the skill involved. Manchester United fans and other football followers will enjoy some of the documentary footage. But this is not just a film for football enthusiasts. I thoroughly recommend it.


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