A Malaysian "Legally Blonde" bends it like Beckham and manages to score a few goals despite playing way out of her league. Unabashedly derivative pic is joyous fun and has the added attraction of coming from a country where women's rights find infrequent expression. The increasing popularity of futsal and the pic's pop-culture sensibilities may team to provide some commercial biz with distaff teenagers around Asia.

A Malaysian “Legally Blonde” bends it like Beckham and manages to score a few goals despite playing way out of her league. Unabashedly derivative pic is joyous fun and has the added attraction of coming from a country where women’s rights find infrequent expression. The increasing popularity of futsal — or indoor soccer — and the pic’s pop-culture sensibilities may team to provide some commercial biz with distaff teenagers around Asia.

After being dumped by her b.f. in the opening reel, perky and pink Putri (Nur Fazura) adopts his interest in futsal in order to win him back. Not knowing shinguards from shinola, Putri still manages to assemble a female team. Each player has problems, ranging from low self-esteem to incest, but unsurprising happy endings await on the bench. Direction by TV’s Bernard Chauly is even. HD lensing is crisp (though a tad fuzzy during location tournament scenes), and is dominated by candy-colored art direction that just won’t quit. Performances are enjoyable, if a little rough, and product placement abounds.

Goalposts & Lipstick

Malaysia

Production

A Golden Screen Cinemas presentation of a Red Films production. (International sales: Red Films, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.) Produced by Lina Tan. Executive producers, Lina Tan, Marina Mahatir. Directed by Bernard Chauly. Screenplay, Rafidah Abdullah.

Crew

Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Haris Hue; editor, Grace Tan; music, Anton Morgan, Kieran Kuek; production designer, Yee I-lann. Reviewed at Tokyo Film Festival (Winds of Asia), Oct. 22, 2005. Malay, English dialogue. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Nur Fazura, Sazzy Falak, Rafidah Abdullah, Ashraf Sinclair, Melissa Maureen, Pierre Andre, Sharifah Amani.
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