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Paul Weiland's rueful boyhood memoir is one of those deeply felt but imperfectly achieved British underdog comedies. Twelve-year-old Bernie (Gregg Sulkin) is already oppressed by his status as school weed and the burden of a timorous father (Eddie Marsan); now, to add to his woes, his bar mitzvah is about to be eclipsed into a non-event by the World Cup Final on 30 July, 1966.

So he sets about casting voodoo spells to prevent England from reaching the final and ruining his big day. While it misses nothing in personal sincerity it lacks just about everything in comic vitality.

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