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Eleven Men Out (2005)

Björn Hlynur Haraldsson , Helgi Björnsson , Róbert I. Douglas  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Helgi Björnsson, Arnmundur Ernst Björnsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir, Sigurður Skúlason
  • Directors: Róbert I. Douglas
  • Writers: Jón Atli Jónasson, Róbert I. Douglas
  • Producers: Ingvar Þórðarson, Júlíus Kemp, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Zorana Piggott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Here
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X740U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eleven Men Out" on IMDb

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The star player of Iceland’s top soccer team causes controversy when he admits to being gay to his teammates. He soon finds himself ostracized by his team and decides to call it quits to join a small amateur league made up of gay men trying to play football in a straight, macho world of sports.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow! That was disappointing. March 25, 2008
Format:DVD
This is a slick film coming from an interesting place, Iceland, filled with sorta cute people (of both genders) and some interesting family dynamics, and the main plot circles around a sports star. This film had lots of potential.

In a nutshell, the central figure, an Icelandic soccer ("football") star, Ottar, decides to come out as gay in order to be on the "front page" of a magazine. This leads to problems, as the Icelandic people are evidently quite homophobic, and Ottar is sent packing, his family is enraged/horrified, his son ostracized, and his wife/girlfriend/son's mother is driven further into her liquor-induced semi-coma.

Fortunately, there is another soccer team which is more accepting, and Ottar decides to give it a try on a new team, essentially forming a team of gay and gay-friendly men who become quite successful, mostly because nobody else will play them.

This film fails, mostly, because of a flaw in the story. You never get the chance to know or like Ottar beyond the plain facts that he is an attractive, spoiled, self-centered egotistic dummy who does whatever he wants without really thinking his actions or their consequences through. As such, it's hard to generate much emotional investment in his welfare or the conflicts in the story. The supporting characters are equally shallow, and you are left with little to watch.

Beyond this flaw, the story wanders all over the place, the resolution is still-born, the dialog is filled with witty banter like "shut up," and the sum of the parts is unspectacular.

Ironically, there is a trailer for "Guys & Balls," on this DVD, which is a German film with a very similar plot, done with much more style and grace (and humor) which is far more worth your time. I'd skip "Out" and enjoy "Guys and Balls" instead.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strangely mean-spirited & dull August 10, 2008
Format:DVD
This is not a "feisty comedy" a "hilarious comedy" or a comedy at all. It's probably not a film of any sort. It's just filmstock.

So let's not delude ourselves -- as a movie that typifies a sub-genre of gay cinema, a combination of 'coming-out' and 'sport,' "Eleven Men Out" offers nothing distinctive or titillating or rewarding for its target audience, presumably gay males.

If this movie were simply a rehash of the cliches that have come to dominate much of imported gay European cinema, the movie might have been tolerable. Some sweaty guys, some jokes about balls, some family acceptance scenes, some investigative sex, a club scene, a break-up, etc. But "Eleven Men Out" fails to capture even one or two of these marketable tropes. What the film does have are strangely mean-spirited and dull episodes, perhaps edited together, chronicling a vaguely handsome soccer-player's interactions with strangely mean-spirited and dull family members, lovers, fellow players. This film is joyless and ugly, often chauvinistic, sexist, biggoted and, well, all confusingly so. All the female characters are saps, whores, or drug-addled. The men are cruel or pathetic, or 'lost.'

The DVD cover is stirringly crisp and seductive, with a man cupping his teammate's bum. The actual film quality is grainy, drizzly, washed out, and the sound is hollow. I cannot see how this is 'stylized' rather than merely amateurish. The cast act like they hate themselves and the material. They do not know where to stand in the frame. When viewers are given 'eye candy' -- gratuitous shots of players showering -- the effect is numbingly banal and, worse, self-conscious.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay March 16, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an identical plot to the German movie Guys and Balls but their like stops there. As one is fun, energetic, spontaneous, and likable, the other is not. They are both made by the same production company.

Eleven Men Out is a very depressing, serious, and awkward movie where the acting is barely passable. And I did not like that the main character's son gets caught in the middle of his father coming out and his mother being a slut and a drunk.

This is an Icelandic movie. Basically the plot is based on a famous local football player playing for the first and most popular team in Iceland. He announces in the beginning of the movie that he is gay just to get a story and a picture in the local magazine. Then he joins a third rate all gay team.

The rest of the movie is the tribulations of him adjusting to his new life and team. His father is a psychiatrist and a member of the board of his former team. At first his former team chastises him but toward the end this team tries to get him back. There is a game at the end of the movie between the gay team and this straight team. The gay team fails miserably (unlike Guys and Balls.) Also there is a father and son portrayed in Guys and Balls, healthy relationship, unlike this movie.

I liked the movie for his cultural information, otherwise I disliked the movie for everything else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad to worse March 16, 2009
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"A hilarious comedy?" "A crowd pleaser?" That's what it says on the box. Ah, no. Was it Rocky? Kramer VS Kramer? Funny? NO! Another tired attempt at a 'gay' movie. Forget romance. There's none. Oh, except, 'Blow me," uttered by the star during one scene. After his gay boyfriend does, our 'gay' soccer star, who came out in the first scene just to be on the cover of a magazine? Err okay, why? He, for no reason...sleeps with his --beastly-- alchy trophy wife. Gag. Has a son who seems more gay than he does, and is certainly old enough to get a clue, mopes around more than a cartoon parody of something from South Park. A film filled with cliche' parents, soccer coaches, teammates and more homophobia than is believable in a 2005 release. And it even had an ending that was not worth the agony of the 84 excruciating minutes of 2 dimensional characters. Not one character was explored in depth. Not even the beauty of the leading man could hold me for this one. Why can't anyone make a decent gay movie about love, pride, romance and leave out the pathetic done again and again sappy BS? Another waste of good income. Skip it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Linda's Thoughts on "Eleven Men Out"
A little disappointed in this film. I purchase few films "sight unseen", but I did this one as I have enjoyed many foreign Gay films. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Linda Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Nice fim about a soccer player player who comes out, thus wreacing havoc in his family and community. Well acted but a bit bleak. I'd call it very "verista".
Published 15 months ago by Raul Ricardo Gallo Calvo
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Something...
Not sure about this movie. I have seen worse, but the absence of a plot makes this movie seem sort of pointless. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Donald
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a Foreign Film
This movie did have a good story to tell but it was slow in telling. However, acting was fine and it was another movie for telling the family a story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joyce R
1.0 out of 5 stars Who cares?
Dull, confusing movie from Iceland about a gay football player coming out of the closet, much to the consternation of his family and teammates. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Scadhog
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic but very feel good
This seems to be a film that people either love or hate, judging by some of the reviews here. I fell for the "feel" of the movie, it's sometimes slow but always has a gentle and... Read more
Published on October 22, 2008 by Yan Li
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat pleasant, but lacks substance to be really good.
With the Olympic Games grabbing their share of the headlines these days, let's look at a film about an athlete "coming out" in another country ... Iceland. Read more
Published on August 11, 2008 by Bob Lind
1.0 out of 5 stars a disapointment
The story is, if you can call it that, that a prominent icelandic soccer player comes out after a match so that he can be on the front page of a magasine. Read more
Published on August 3, 2008 by Marianne Poulsen
4.0 out of 5 stars having a blast
Shows that prejudices and hard headed people are all over the world as these guys from Iceland must deal with the gay bashing while trying to compete as a gay soccer team. Read more
Published on April 29, 2008 by Derrick Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Was just an average movie about coming out and the trails one has to face.
Published on April 28, 2008 by Storm
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