Will (PG)

Starring: Perry Eggleton, Damian Lewis

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An agony of schmaltz.

This tale of filial bonding and fanaticism for Liverpool FC has so little guile it's almost touching,though that didn't stop me grinding my teeth throughout. Perry Eggleton plays the 11-year-old Will, visited at school by his long-lost dad (Damien Lewis) and handed a pair of tickets for the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul. But will the school's mother superior headmistress (Alice Krige) allow the little mite to go? The climactic scenes involve cameo appearances by Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Kenny Dalglish, whose acting efforts put me in mind of Groucho Marx's wise words as the lawyer in At the Circus: "I have an arrangement with the flies. They don't practise law, and I don't walk on the ceiling."