‘Next Goal Wins’ is Fine

An interesting story that doesn’t quite land.

Sarah Callen
Movies & Us
Published in
4 min readApr 2, 2024

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Cast of Next Goal Wins | Credit: Searchlight Pictures
Cast of Next Goal Wins | Credit: Searchlight Pictures

After losing a soccer game 31–0, the national team of American Samoa gets a new coach in the hopes of doing the impossible: scoring a goal.

This is a great premise for a movie. It has all of the elements of a feel-good sports movie! You have some down-on-their-luck underdogs who no one believes in. You have a coach who…

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Sarah Callen
Movies & Us

Every number has a name, every name has a story, every story is worthy of being shared.