That Peter Crouch Film (2023)

That Peter Crouch Film (2023)

A generally unremarkable sports documentary anchored by its main character's everyman charisma



United Kingdom
Abbey Clancy, Harry Redknapp, Jack Whitehall
85 min


Remember Tall Girl from Netflix? This is her dad. Show some respect.

What it's about

A look back at the football career of Peter Crouch, notable for his remarkable height and for being one of a couple dozen players to score over 100 Premiere League goals.

The take

Strictly for football movie completionists and fans of the title athlete, That Peter Crouch Film is about as basic a sports documentary as they come, with a straightforward mix of talking heads interviews and archival footage. There's not much to be learned about the sport and its inner workings here, even for a football newbie, and one could argue that Crouch's story doesn't necessarily have the drama needed for a film of his own. Still, it's refreshing to have somebody as unassuming as Crouch at the center; even he doesn't seem convinced that his story is special, but his humility and sense of humor make it easy to root for him. It'd be hard to blame any footballer for taking an opportunity like this to become sentimental about their own career, but Crouch treats his success simply as a product of hard work and a bit of luck.

What stands out

As much as That Peter Crouch Film mostly works for how ordinary a guy Crouch actually is, there is one section of the documentary that could probably be expanded into its own work of dramatic fiction. For his first 18 games with Liverpool F.C., Crouch struggled to make a single goal, and once again experienced the club's fans turning on him viciously. It's the part of his career that best illustrates how so many athletes—especially those who aren't of the typical build or background—are only valued for their usefulness towards getting wins. That's a bitter reality that makes sense in the context of competition, but it can take a serious toll on the human being wearing the uniform.


Add a comment

What did you think? Who should watch it?




Overhaul (2023)

A generic racing-action movie with a more distinct personality from its obvious inspirations


Flora and Son (2023)

An Irish musical drama that works best when it embraces its feel-good roots


Hail Satan? (2019)

Forget everything you think you know about the Satanic Temple


How to Deal with a Heartbreak (2023)

An unremarkable story about one girl’s journey towards love, success, and happiness


Love Is in the Air (2023)

It’s even more cliched and implausible than most standard-issue romantic comedies, but this Aussie film is not without its charms


Skate Kitchen (2018)

An all-girl skate crew take us for a dreamy verité ride-along through their coming of age


The Farewell (2019)

Awkwafina shines in this complex culture clash comedy.


Sweetwater (2023)

One of the first Black players in the NBA is given the Hollywood treatment in this generic biopic that fails to dive deep into its hero’s life


Booksmart (2019)

Two academic overachievers from high school set out to prove that they're a smart and fun for one last time.


Short Term 12 (2013)

Sweet, slow-moving, and possibly life-changing, this American drama shines the light on the chaos and crises of social work in America


Curated by humans, not algorithms.

agmtw logo

© 2023 agoodmovietowatch, all rights reserved.