The Swedish soccer team, Stenfors BK, used to play in Allsvenskan (the highest division in Sweden) once upon a time, but plays now in one of the lower divisions. The team is run by Anders (Jonas Karlsson), an unemployed slacker with most of his focus on the team much to the dismay of his wife Åsa (Anja Lundqvist) and his daughter. His father Boston (Ingvar Hirdwall) played with Stenfors BK in the glory days and that is more or less the only thing he talks about to Anders. When Anders was a kid he was a promising soccer player and he was supposed to try out for IFK Göteborg, one of the major clubs in Sweden, but it never happened as Boston was afraid of being left alone by Anders, so he never told Anders about the try outs. Boston puts constant pressure on the team and Anders, and if they don’t start winning and stay in their division, the team will be disbanded. But one night, Anders’ friend and team mate, Kent (Göran Ragnerstam), calls from England and says he has found their saviour. The man that Kent has found is the legendary, former great Liverpool player Duncan “Killer” Miller (Brendan Coyle). But, when “Killer Miller” arrives at Stenfors, the team finds out that he is a little more of a former player than what they had expected…

Mårten Klingberg´s “Offside” is a classic feel good underdog type of sport comedy with some shading we have seen many times. However, this movie still manages to grasp the viewer due to a script that works with plenty of layers and with several good actors in the main roles such as Jonas Karlsson (always great), Torkel Petersson, Ingvar Hirdwall etc. Klingberg manages to keep things together and serves us both laughter and sadness within everyday situations we can relate to in so many ways. And it was nice to see the always radiant Tina Nordlund as Annika. She´s a former player for the Swedish female national team and for Umeå IK. One of my old favourites on the pitch. (3 and a half out of 5)

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