Green Street Hooligans (2005) Starring Charlie Hunnam and Elijah Wood

Green Street Hooligans is a violent yet compelling movie about having your friend’s back and never backing down from a fight. Definitely worth watching for the story line and seeing Elijah Wood’s soft character of Matt Buckner grow under the wing of Charlie Hunnam’s tough-as-nails character Pete Dunham.

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Life Lessons Learned from Green Street Hooligans

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Sky: Never leave a mate behind.

  • Loyalty is important in this life; to your friends, your family, your country.

Dusty: Giving is better than receiving.

  • It’s great knowing your friends have your back, but as Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) says, it’s even better knowing you have their backs.

Sky: Get a hint.

  • When a legendary ruffian (Tommy Hatcher played by Geoff Bell) tells you to “shut your yammer” with 4 tough blokes backing him, do it!

Dusty: Don’t let how others view you dictate your life.

  • Pete’s and the GSE’s mission to have the best rep among all the firms led to his eventual death.

Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) goes from a weak “journo” to a tough street fighter.

Sky: Don’t take it easy on kids and let them win. 

  • If winning is difficult, they’ll work harder for it. Self esteem is better when it comes from accomplishments than via somebody giving you the win.

Dusty: We learn so much more through failure than through winning.

  • Examining your losses, finding your mistakes and working to not repeat them are critical for growth.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 87%
  • The Critics: 47%


  • A from Sky
  • A from Dusty

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