Bend It Like Yo Mama
"LOGLINE: This is a character-driven dramatic comedy about a woman with a long-held dream to make the U.S. Ladies’ Olympic Soccer Team. After numerous setbacks, she almost succeeds. Only through an unlikely deflection of destiny does she receive her golden opportunity and leads the U.S ladies’2008 squad to victory. It’s an inspirational film in the spirit of 'Million Dollar Baby,' 'Bend it Like Beckham' and 'Rocky,' but with a sense of humor.
Here’s the plot in brief. After deferring her dream of playing Olympic soccer due to her pregnancies, a 32 year old mother of two boys, ages 9 and 5, is stuck in an acrimonious marriage and a soul-numbing job in an L.A. sweatshop. She keeps her dream alive by playing soccer locally. When she decides to attend the Olympic try-out held in Los Angeles, she finds the competition fierce, the coach hostile. Despite these obstacles, she performs well-enough to make it to the second tier of try-outs to be held in Nashville. Among the hopefuls is a soccer sensation, a coquettish teenager who has been groomed for stardom by her socialite father who bribes an Olympic official to insure his daughter’s inclusion on the team. Rendered expendable as a result of the bribe, the girl's personal trainer, is relieved of his duties; he offers to help our soccer mom train.
Once in Nashville, her gritty performance on the field enhances her chance of making the team while dissension pervades the teenager's camp in the wake of the Olympic Commissioner’s resignation amid accusations of impropriety. Things are looking up for the mom until a phone call from back home derails the dream. Because of an accident involving her younger son due to her husband’s neglect, she cuts short her trip to be at the boy’s bedside. Though she won’t be accompanying the U.S. team when they go to China, she is chosen as a first alternate. In the months following her son’s recovery, she rededicates herself to raising her children, now as a single parent. With the U.S. team’s advance to the medal round in Beijing, Angie watches on TV as the teen suddenly collapses on the field in pain. She receives the call that she thought would never come and joins the team in time to square off against Brazil in the medal-deciding game. She catches an errant pass and scores the final victory, amid cheers and flashing cameras."