Kickoff (2011), starring Jay Brown, David Chrysanthou, Jason Maza, Rebecca Joerin; directed and written by Rikki Beadle Blair. Now available.

If the Bad News Bears were gayer, more British and about football (nay, American soccer), you’d have KickOff. This light-hearted sports romp mixes and matches stereotypes with some actual touching moments and plenty of slow-mo shots of shirtless boys in shorty shorts in the story of a fuchsia-clad gay football team, Platoon, accidentally paired against the big, bad heterosexual team, the Reapers. Best line: “There’s no such thing as a meterosexual, they’re just a homosexual who I ain’t met yet.”

Worth a rent? Yes

Rating: ***1/2

— Jef Tingley