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Looking for Eric (2009)

Steve Evets , Eric Cantona , Ken Loach  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Steve Evets, Eric Cantona
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In the tradition of feel-good comedies like The Full Monty, Waking Ned Devine comes Looking For Eric, the movie by Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley; Sweet Sixteen) that premiered to laughter and applause at the Cannes Film Festival. Imagine if a boxing fan had Mohamed Ali suddenly pop into his home to offer sage advice about life. Or a baseball fan had Mickey Mantle raising a glass of beer and giving him pointers on the ladies. That s what it s like for British soccer fanatic Eric Bishop after one of the greatest players of all time Eric Cantona, the legendary player for Manchester United magically appears to give the down on his luck man a hand with raising his kids and wooing back his ex-wife. When the menace of crime threatens Eric s home, Cantona s advice finally gets him to reach out to his friends that have always been ready to help via a con job climax that s as effective as it is silly.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky March 9, 2010
Hmm, this wasn't really what I was expecting to be honest, and I'm at a bit of a loss to review it, but I will plough on regardless.
Looking for Eric is not necessarily a search for Mr Cantona, the talismanic player for Manchester United in the mid 90s, although Mr Cantona assists in the search, but more the voyage of postman Eric to come to terms with his own life, the loss of his first love, and the regret he feels for his actions, and the struggles of trying to bring up his 2 wayward teenage step sons in today's Manchester, whilst he himself remains routed in the past.

Mr Cantona assists in this endeavour by appearing as an hallucination bringing Eric the benefits of his Gallic philosophies, as Eric struggles to come to terms with the situation he is in.
Thankfully, Eric has a good bunch of friends; both from his postman job, and from his football interest, FC United of Manchester, illustrates the other main point made in the film.

Eric and his friends represent the traditional working class fanbase of football, who supported Manchester United before they became the prawn sandwich eating "Pride of Singapore" and feel disenfranchised by the fact that whilst the local drug dealer has a box at Old Trafford, they cannot afford to attend the games any more. FC United of Manchester was formed by these disenfranchised fans, and these are the people who ultimately come to Eric's aid, when drug dealers threaten Eric's family.

So, the film is a commentary about a man reclaiming his past and his future, and about a group of football supporters reclaiming their heritage. It's quite prescient taking into account the teams in financial difficulty, and yet another Manchester United takeover battle in the offing.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'm a fan of Ken Loach and his gritty, and oh so earnest, working class heroes. In a resume populated with great films, my personal favorites range from 1994's social drama "Ladybird Ladybird" to 2002's crime laden "Sweet Sixteen" to 2006's epic war story "The Wind That Shakes The Barley." So I was a little surprised never to have heard of Loach's latest release, 2009's "Looking For Eric." Someone described it to me in advance by saying "Oh yeah, it's a Ken Loach comedy" and I thought "OK, this'll be interesting." I don't typically feel like smiling, much less laughing, during Loach's sometimes harrowing stories--but a great director is a great director. But while there are definitely comedic highlights to "Looking For Eric," I'm not actually sure it can be classified as a comedy. It's a drama with some funny bits as well as some fantasy thrown in. Truthfully, while I suspect others might like it more than I did, "Looking For Eric" was a bit of a misfire for me.

Its protagonist, Eric Bishop, is a man in crisis. Depressed and unsatisfied, he's raising two unruly stepsons and pining to reconnect more fully with his first wife. When his daughter needs childcare, it forces Eric into a relationship with the woman he left behind and starts to help him reevaluate the priorities in his life. But he can't do it alone. Eric conjures up his football hero Eric Cantona (playing himself) to be a mystical life coach. Slightly amusing at times, a bit awkward at others--Cantona is not a particularly nuanced actor--but the entire fantasy element never really connected with me. It's a fitfully funny idea, but it's only played for mild humor and real inspiration. But then, even this is overshadowed by an unconvincing turn into mob drama.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars stick with Man Utd hilite DVDs April 2, 2011
The premise of this movie is terrific--a man down on his luck looks to inspiration from his hero, Manchester United's legendary Eric Cantona who appears as himself in the movie as a sort of mentor to the other Eric the protagonist of the story.

What gets me annoyed most about the story is the progression is way too simplistic. Are we really supposed to believe that this depressed guy finally snaps out of what seems like a 30-year depression just because his friend introduces him to a "visualization" technique that opens the door to Eric Cantona offering him advice? It's funny and all but it doesn't quite explain his past 30 years.

Then the fact this scrawny guy can win back the love of his life so quickly is the stuff of movie scripts not reality. Not that I need a movie to be "real" but I think this movie is trying to present working class Manchester as a "real" place but often it seems more "Coronation Street" than anything.

Plus what is never explained is why one of the two sons who live with him is black. Is he adopted? Was Eric the postman married three times as he has three children in the movie?

The climactic scene is hilarious and makes the movie worthwhile (and I won't give it away) as do the Cantona hilite scenes (some of these goals he conjures up in a Utd shirt are the stuff of genius) and the scenes where Cantona offers his philosophy on life to Eric albeit in a mumbly sort of English that is hard to catch at times.

Lastly, you might need a degree in English soccer to follow some of the references. It helped that I knew about the FC United movement, the Selhurst Park incident that got Cantona banned for nine months and the "seagull" press conference statement (which you do get to see in the closing credits and is still as ironic and over the British press's heads as ever).

There are zero extras on the DVD other than the boring old deleted scenes and trailers.
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