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Antwone Fisher

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Devastating story of abuse based on real life.

Movie PG-13 2002 120 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+
age 13+

coming of age story but for MATURE teenages only

this movie is incredibly inspiring, but the child abuse scenes are so disturbing that I am still haunted by it 5 months after seeing it in theatres.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

At first, the fact that this movie does not follow the usual pattern can feel disconcerting, even amateurish. There is an obvious tension between what is important to Fisher the person and what works on screen. Ultimately it gives the movie a kind of messiness and heart that provides some extra authenticity. Washington does very well with his first directing job, especially with Luke and model Joy Bryant as Fisher's girlfriend in their first major roles. And as Dr. Davenport, Washington's grace, dignity, sheer magnetism and ability to convey a complete character with every gesture are enough to carry the entire movie.

Therapy films usually follow the same pattern as romance films, a sort of one-sided romance of the subjects with themselves. In other words, it's therapist meets patient, therapist loses patient, then therapist gets patient to open up with a big revelation to begin to heal. But Antwone Fisher, a true story written by its subject, the journey inside himself is just the beginning. The story is not what goes on in his conversations with the doctor, but where that takes him.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 10, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: May 20, 2003
  • Cast: Denzel Washington , Derek Luke , Joy Bryant
  • Director: Denzel Washington
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, language and mature thematic material involving child abuse
  • Last updated: December 11, 2023

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