Fast Girls review: London 2012 Olympics film doesn"t take the breath away


Formulaic Fast Girls released ahead of the Olympics doesn't take the breath away

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07:16 GMT, 15 June 2012

FAST GIRLS (12A)

Verdict: Amiable sports movie

On a lower level of artistic endeavour, Fast Girls is a British sports drama shrewdly timed to coincide with Olympic hysteria.

This is an extremely formulaic underdog story of a young woman off a council estate (Lenora Crichlow) battling her demons as well as a snobby rival (Lily James) in order to take part in our nation’s 4x100m relay team.

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Fast Girls has been released to coincide with the Olympics but failed to strike gold

Fast Girls has been released to coincide with the Olympics but failed to strike gold

Visually, the film has a flat,
made-for-telly look that reflects its low budget. And the chances are
you’ve seen all these clichs in films such as Cool Runnings, The
Mighty Ducks and Wimbledon.

It’s terribly naive and nowhere near
the cutting edge of sports movies, but has the kind of likeability that
made a hit out of the equally unsophisticated Bend It Like Beckham.

There’s also a winning central
performance by Crichlow, well supported by talented young actors you
won’t have seen before on the big screen.

However resistant you may be to the
film’s craven lack of originality, there will be no shortage of
onlookers urging our team on in the final straight.

Now watch the trailer