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Actors: David Alexander XVI, Oliver Allison, James Allison, Joel Beckett, Geoff Bell Rating: Features: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC Running Time: 109 minutes Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Release Date: June 13, 2006 Theatrical Release Date: 2006 Studio: Warner Home Video
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A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of soccer hooliganism.
DVD Features: Documentary:The Making of Hooligans Music Video:"One Blood" Music Video by Terence Jay
After the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elijah Wood could've opted for further big budget epics, but took a sharp left turn with this better-than-average B-movie. Released just after Everything is Illuminated, another offbeat entry, Wood plays journalism student Matt Buckner. In the prologue, he's expelled from Harvard when his over-privileged roommate sets him up to take the fall for his own misdeeds. With nowhere to go, Matt decides to visit his sister, Shannon Claire Forlani, in London. He's already got a chip on his shoulder when he falls under the sway of Shannon's brother-in-law, Pete Charlie Hunnam, head of West Ham's football "firm," the Green Street Elite. Matt soon gets caught up in their thuggish antics—to tragic effect. In her feature debut, German-born Lexi Alexander makes a mostly convincing case for the attractions of violence to the emotionally vulnerable, as opposed to the emotionally numb pugilists of the more satirical Fight Club. Unlike David Fincher by way of Chuck Palahniuk, she plays it straight, except for the stylized fight sequences. Consequently, humor is in short supply, but the young Brit cast, especially Leo Gregory as the surly Bovver, is charismatic and Wood makes his character as believable as possible, i.e. he may seem miscast, but that's the point. Although there's no direct correlation between the two, Green Street makes a fine taster for Bill Buford's Among the Thugs, the ultimate dissection of the hooligan mentality. --Kathleen C. Fennessy