The Shouting Men review

Some Gillingham FC fans go on an ill-fated roadtrip to watch their team play league giants Newcastle United

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Ever wondered what Little Miss Sunshine would have been like with footie fans instead of dysfunctional relatives? Of course you haven’t, and with good reason.

Steve Kelly’s low-rent Britcom follows 10 loyal fans of underdog team Gillingham FC on an ill-fated minibus trip to Newcastle to watch a pivotal game.

A likeable, committed cast can’t salvage the script, which begins with promise but soon descends into road-trip-goneawry clichés and toilet gags.

There are genuinely heartfelt musings here on friendship and the beautiful game, but their uneasy marriage with brainless comedy voids much of their charm.

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