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Kicks Review

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Optimistic Nicole (Hayes) and savvy wannabe WAG Jasmine (Burley) bond over clothes, vino and, most of all, football. But their adoration of local-boy-done-good Lee, a Liverpool player, takes their obsession too far.

★★★★★

Two football fans get chummy in this British indie — but this time, they’re female. Wide-eyed Nicole (Kerrie Hayes) meets streetsmart would-be WAG Jasmine (Nichola Burley) while waiting for a glimpse of their idol, local Liverpool player Lee (Jamie Doyle). The two become instant friends, sharing clothes, dreams and cheap plonk — until they take fandom a step too far.

It’s an engaging, witty coming-of-age tale of girlie bonding and a timely comment on the desire for fame (Jasmine’s lifeplan involves plastic surgery and meeting a footballer). You can feel the girls’ pain when the realities of life come crashing down on them — it’s just a shame this happens in a clumsy third act that lets the rest of the film down. Still, it’s worth a look for the gritty humour and promising young talent on show.

Engaging and witty tale of girlie bonding let down by a clunky third act.