Based on the David Roberts written memoir The Bromley Boys: The True Story of Supporting the Worst Football Team in Britain, the Steve Kelly directed comedy The Bromley Boys stars Brenock O’Connor as a loner with an incredibly deep passion for his home town football team.
While the film gets off to a great start, the same cannot be said for Bromley FC. With defeat after defeat and no fewer than 45 goals scored against it, the football club had become nothing short of mid-table mediocrity. Even though the team’s playing is bordering on dismal, the same cannot be said for the Kelly directed film.
Beginning in Los Angeles on Monday, 19 August 2019, The Bromley Boys is scheduled to hit American movie theater screens.
While The Bromley Boys is a film for football fans that remember what it was like growing up in the British Isles during 1970s, people with a passion for sports will understand the inner depths of the production. The Bromley Boys is a film with passion and heart.
Despite David’s friends not being the brightest lightbulbs in the shop, they do demonstrate a passion for both their team and the sport they love. Even though David is a loner, he manages to pluck up the courage to speak with three older Bromley FC fans: Roy Oliver (TJ Herbert), Derek Dobson (Ewen MacIntosh), and Peter Batchelor (Mark Dymond). The love they have for their home team is readily apparent.
No Fair-Weather Fans Here…
While Kelly directed film can be considered a coming-of-age film, it’s also an underdog film where the lead character roots for his team not matter what the cost. Films resonate with people on a personal level because there are elements in the production which reminds them of themselves. David is one of those die-hard all-weather football fans that turns out to watch his team no matter whether they have any real chance of winning. Consequently, he is no fair-weather football fan. No one really likes a fair-weather fan.
Fair-weather fans pretend to have an interest in a team, but that interest only lasts if the team is winning. This is not Daivd. Come rain or sunshine, David supports his team, Bromley FC. David loyalty to his team is commendable. Unless you have been following a team since childhood, Roberts’ devotion to Bromley FC is increasingly a thing of the past.
The pep talk David was the kick up the arse the team needed to wake the footballers up from feeling sorry for themselves. Nothing good comes from feeling sorry for yourself. It fires the footballers up to be the best version of themselves they can be. To avoid relegation, Bromley FC must win the finale match of the season.
The narration, provided by Alan Davies, is reminiscent of that heard in the Michael Apted directed 1982 cricket themed romantic comedy P’tang, Yang Kipperbang. While Alan Duckworth (John Albasiny) in the Apted directed film acquainted his first kiss with scoring a six, David is more interested in saving his beloved Bromley FC than he is with kissing the girl.
The girl in question is Ruby McQueen (Savannah Baker). Ruby, despite her father being the Bromley FC Chairman, has as absolutely zero interest in football. She sees the sport as being the chief cause of her parents splitting up. When trying to hide from Charlie, David somehow ends up in his office. David is soon discovered by Ruby. This is how they meet.
Fortune Favours the Bold…
Because of his love for Bromley FC, David manages to get himself expelled from the boarding school his parents, Donald (Alan Davies) and Gertrude Roberts (Martine McCutcheon), sends him to. Afterwards, consequently to his mother’s connections at the local comprehensive school, David found himself a pupil at Langley Park. Fortunately for David, Ruby is a pupil of Langley Park Comprehensive. Charlie McQueen (Jamie Foreman), a prickly fella, does not like David hanging around his daughter. In the end, David gets to kiss the girl.