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Fighting

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense fight sequences, a sex scene and brief strong language.
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Primary Audience:
Teens, Adults
Genre:
Action, Drama
Length:
1 hr. 45 min.
Year of Release:
2009
USA Release:
April 24, 2009 (wide—2,100 theaters)
DVD: August 25, 2009
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Featuring: Channing Tatum
“Step Up,” “She’s the Man,” “Stop-Loss”

Terrence Howard
“Iron Man,” “Hustle and Flow,” “Crash”

Zulay Henao, Michael Rivera, Flaco Navaja, Peter Tambakis, Luis Guzmán, Anthony DeSando, Roger Guenveur Smith, Brian White, Ivan Martin, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Altagracia Guzman, Gabrielle Pelucco, Angelic Zambrana, Dante Nero, Jim Coope, Melody Herman, Doug Yasuda, Cung Le, Rich Pecci, Nina Poon, David John Bernardo, Manuel Cabral, Christopher Swift, Elias Swift, John Cenatiempo, Steven Randazzo, Kimelisa Chomba Dunn, Jovan U. Hernandez, Jessica Castro, Michelle Gottschalk, Christina Llano, Michael Early, Louis Vanaria, Fernando Limonta, Aram Lumley, Manuel Molina, Clem Cheung, Julia Garro, Misha Hasiuk, Yuri Foreman, Peter Mele, Kelvin Coffey, Jermel Wilson, Ksyn Cason, Berto Colon, Eleonore Hendricks, Marilyn Raphael, Ann McGowan, Joel Nagle, Richard DeDomenico, Fredric Ross-Wilmoth, Mahindra Persaud, Chad Thompson, André Tavarez, Antonio Gonzalez, Ian Dixon, James Caver, Boris Talis, Janet Paparazzo, Will Cote Kruschwitz, Leonard Hollinger, Keith Greaves, Robert Humphrey, Shayshahn MacPherson
Director: Dito Montiel
“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”
Producer: Misher Films, Relativity Media, Rogue Pictures, Lisa Bruce, Kevin Misher, Andrew Rona, Kim Surowicz
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Rogue Pictures

“Some dreams are worth the fight.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Fighting’ is a rough-hewn heroic tale about realizing dreams of glory, putting audiences ringside at high-stakes underground street fights. Channing Tatum stars as Sean Arthur, a young man who scrapes up a living hustling counterfeit merchandise in NYC. With family tragedy in his past and his father keeping him at a distance, this outsider has little to motivate him. A chance encounter with veteran street-fighting coach Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) leads to a whole new career for Sean. The ensuing bouts get tough, especially with the criminal element horning in, so Sean gets tougher. He will fight to win, not only the prize money, but also the unexpected new relationships that are strengthening him.”

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Positive—Ever seen Rocky? Not just any Rocky movie. The original. Rocky. Remember how most of the film didn’t have a lot of fighting? ‘Twas a drama ‘bout a down on his luck fighter trying to make ends meet. Stinky apt, token manager, damsel in need of a knight. The whole shebang. Fast forward 33 years later. Sly Stallone’s wishful biopic reimagines itself. The reboot: “Fighting.”

The movie spends no time dawdling. You see Channing Tatum (the lead), and whoosh! He and Terrence Howard are best chums. You wanna make money? Yeah. Fight. Simple premise.

What I love about this flicka show is the uncanny level of realism. It doesn’t feel like a movie. Movies are polished. They’re supposed to clean up life’s lesser moments into a glamorous, fun-sized package that fits into a 2 hour window. Fighting takes the road less traveled. It mimics real life, all the awkward, goofy times included. No spiffy camera angles. No crazy transitions. No particle effects. No catchy tunes. Watch it. It’s not only apparent in the pacing and the diaglogue, but in the characters themselves as well as the extras. New Yorkers… bunch of street thugs ‘n thieves.

Unfortunately, for “Fighting,” the anti-movie feel kinda hurts its replay value. Without that polished coating, a movie is armed only with a story. The story behind this one is okay, but it’s like a dude hobbling around on crutches. Just ain’t 100%.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Keenum, age 22 (USA)
Movie Critics
…Bare knuckle street fighting films generally have a skull-thumping, brutal pointlessness about them that makes me wonder who would really want to see them. Or how they get funded in the first place. But those questions, though applicable, are the least of “Fighting”'s problems. …
—Bob Hoose, PluggedIn
…“Fighting” is not a cinematic breakthrough. But it is much more involving than I thought it would be. The ads foreground the action, no doubt because that’s what sells. The film transcends the worldview that produced the ad campaign and gives audiences a well-crafted, touching experience. …
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
…Not everything that happens in “Fighting” entirely makes sense—it’s a fable, after all, and a fable doesn’t necessarily have to—but it breathes with a rough, exuberant realism that you rarely see in movies of its kind. …Not that “Fighting” is a great movie. It has no desire to be one—not an ounce of grandiosity or pretension or melodramatic overstatement. …
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
…Howard’s snappy-smooth performance, unsurprisingly, is what elevates “Fighting” from its hoary genre predecessors. …a sad-solid TKO. …
—Marc Savlov, The Austine Chronicle
…an above average drama… but the movie contains some foul language and intense sometimes-brutal violence that merit extreme caution. …
—Movieguide