UNITED PASSIONS: Forget Everything You’ve Heard… Sepp’s Movie is AMAZING

I was one of probably less than 75 people in America who saw United Passions, the movie FIFA commissioned about its history. I assumed that I would be the only person in the theater and therefore planned to livetweet it.  I was shocked that there were six others in the theater with me.

The reviews are horrible.. seriously, Rotten Tomatoes has nine critics reviews and it has thus far earned a zero, yep, zippo.. the  New York Times called it, “one of the most unwatchable films in recent memory, a dishonest bit of corporate-suite sanitizing that’s no good even for laughs.”  Clearly this dude, Daniel Gold, did not watch the movie..  His entire review is not actually comparable with the film I saw.  My guess is he got notes and freeballed it.  Bad Daniel Gold bad or not since I am one of so few people who saw it..

He says, “Yet there is barely a nod to the corruption scandals that have plagued FIFA for decades.”

Is he drunk?  The entire plot of the movie is this message from a Sepp led FIFA, SINCE THE BEGINNING WE HAVE HATED THE ENGLISH AND BEEN BRIBED TO HOST THE WORLD CUP..ALSO WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CORRUPT SO TAKE YOUR MORALITY, YOUR ETHICS, YOUR LAWS AND GTFO.” 

At no point do they try to hide or discount corruption, but instead embrace it as a traditional, and romantic part of the game.

Now, Sepp is positioned throughout as the noble servant of the organization and the game. Paying for FIFA salary from his own pocket because corrupt leaders have drained the coffers.  To be fair, it is not painted as altruistic to protect the staff from income loss but to protect the image of FIFA and the power of the game.

As for Gold’s assertion that it cannot even be played for laughs… again untrue.  Seven of us, unknown to each other but drawn by the love of the game… all laughed heartily at the same things.  They usually involved lines like, “you didn’t break any laws,” or, “we need more women in the game.”

Movie critics review movies for their critical appeal and artistic merit… this was not meant to be artistic or appeal to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters.  It is a dramatic defense of FIFA doing business in the FIFA way and not giving any fucks about if anyone else cares..  You have to understand the scandal and FIFA to understand what the film’s message is.

Gold makes another erroneous claim, “[i]ndeed, surprisingly little soccer is shown.”  Um, yeah that is not true at all.  They actually use a lot of original archival footage for many of the greatest WC and other games in history and they recreate others.  The film anchors with a modern multi-racial, multi-ethnic pick-up match between a bunch of boys and a single girl (she gets stuck in goal as per) watched by the local people of the town, where ever it is.

The montage of World Cup moments, both male and female, is honestly worth the $12 admission price.  It is also the nail in the coffin point FIFA wanted to make…

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH CORRUPTION THERE IS.. YOU STILL CARE ABOUT THE WINNING THE TROPHY. WE STILL MAKE THAT POSSIBLE, SO STFU AND STOP WHINING ABOUT IT

That said, this person gets it.. THE 19 MOST RIDICULOUS MOMENTS IN FIFA MOVIE UNITED PASSIONS First one is amazingly true and we all burst out laughing..

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Today, I Met the World Cup..

She is 13 pounds of solid gold perfection.

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ME WITH THE MY NEW BFF (Ignore how horrible I look) REPPING US SOCCER and ROCKING MY RUN DMB HAT

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Coca-Cola and FIFA have been taking trophy tour around the globe with their only fan stop in America being in LA.  I literally texted every day for a month for tickets.  TOTALLY WORTH IT.

They had a hologram presentation on the history of the Cup which I only caught part of to record and the video is not great but it was cool to relive so many great World Cup Moment.  The big cheer in the middle was a clip of Clinton Dempsey dancing in 2006

*** ATTN SoCAL & OTHERS *** THE WORLD CUP IS COMING… TO LA LIVE


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On April 19 & 20th (YES EASTER WEEKEND), The World Cup will be on view as part of the Coca-Cola International Trophy Tour.

 

Per LA Live’s press release:

The event is free, but you must have a ticket to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

You can enter to win a prize package to the Trophy™ viewing room, where you can see the Trophy™ up close and have your unique photo taken with it. 

Text “TROPHY” to 26739 to Win a Prize Package of Up to Six (6) Tickets to See the FIFA World Cup Trophy™

There will be a limited number of tickets available on the day, so come down early for a chance to get one. Plus, you can still take part in all the other fun activities happening in the Coke Fanfest (located on Chick Hearn Court), which are free (no ticket required) and open to the public! Don’t miss your chance to hear Puerto Rican rapper Wisin joined by Brazilian-born David Correy, a former The X Factor contestant and other special guests sing the Coca-Cola 2014 World Cup anthem, starting at 7pm, Saturday, April 19 on the main stage located at (Chick Hearn Court & S Figueroa Street).

The USA is the last stop before the Trophy makes it way to Brazil, much like most of the qualified teams :). I cannot find out where else in the US it will be but here is the trophy tour website from FIFA