I decided to watch this movie a few weeks ago with a friends recommendation. A desire to see Elijah Wood in a non-Frodo role and some interest in the soccer hooligan subculture sealed my interest. I actually liked this movie, the plot was very predictable and formulaic but some excellent performances especially by Charlie Hunnam as Pete, and well done fight scenes rescued this and elevated it to one of my favorites. Elijah wood plays a push over who learns to stand up for himself by running with a British soccer firm. From the Wiki:

Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) is thrown off his journalism course at Harvard University after cocaine is discovered in his room. However, the cocaine belongs to Jeremy Van Holden (Terence Jay), his roommate. Buckner is afraid to speak up because the Van Holdens are a powerful family, and Jeremy pays him $10,000 for taking the fall. Matt moves to the United Kingdom to live with his sister Shannon (Claire Forlani), her husband Steve Dunham (Marc Warren) and their young son, Ben (James Allison). There, Matt meets Steve’s brother, Pete (Charlie Hunnam), a loud and thuggish Cockney who runs a local football hooligan firm – a group of football supporters that arranges fights after matches – and teaches at a local school. Steve asks Pete to take Matt to a football match between West Ham United and Birmingham City, though Pete reluctant to take a “Yank” to a football match, because of the xenophobic nature of his friends. He is persuaded only because Steve will give Matt money. After defeating Matt in a fight, Pete decides to take Matt to the football match, thinking the yank might learn a thing or two.

Elijah’s portrayal as having no confidence and the total change in himself by the end is effective. Pete is riveting and really steals the show, Charlie Hunnam is an actor to watch in the future.

the fight scenes are well done highlighting Matt’s ineptness at the beginning to his strength at the end.

Green Street is reputably becoming a cult classic and despite its flaws, its easy to see why.