Offside Girls just want to have fun — and cheer their team at a World Cup soccer event. But that's not easy in Iran, where women… Offside Girls just want to have fun — and cheer their team at a World Cup soccer event. But that's not easy in Iran, where women… 2007-03-23 PG PT92M Comedy Drama Sima Mobarak Safar Samandar Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

Offside (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG
YOU GO, GIRL! Barred from cheering on her soccer team in Iran, Golnaz Fermani and other women try to game the system in the winning…
YOU GO, GIRL! Barred from cheering on her soccer team in Iran, Golnaz Fermani and other women try to game the system in the winning Offside
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Mar 23, 2007; Rated: PG; Length: 92 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Sima Mobarak and Safar Samandar; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Girls just want to have fun — and cheer their team at a World Cup soccer event. But that's not easy in Iran, where women are banned from public sporting events. Those caught sneaking in are detained by bewildered boy soldiers in Offside, Jafar Panahi's wonderfully funny, outspoken shaggy-dog story, a light counterweight to his sadder 2000 feminist drama The Circle. Absurdity reaches a peak in a hilarious set piece involving a guard, a ''prisoner,'' and an escorted trip to the men's stalls when a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. A-

Originally posted Mar 21, 2007 Published in issue #927 Mar 30, 2007 Order article reprints