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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of perseverance, empathy, compassion, courage, and teamwork. The film's biggest message is to not give up on your life regardless of what it throws at you. Refreshingly for a movie in which a character undergoes significant weight loss, there's no suggestion that this physical change is shorthand for someone getting their life together.
Positive Role Models
Bobby shows courage when dealing with his personal traumas and his MS diagnosis, as well as when he goes up against the abusive Tony, who bullies others, at the gym. Bobby and Jo build a friendship as Jo trains him and teaches him not to think of himself as a victim. Bobby shows perseverance through his training and through coping with his various life situations.
Various characters of color, with women of color playing major roles. Jo (Vivica A. Fox), the owner of the gym, is Black and queer. Tony (mixed-race actor Jay Hieron) is also a person of color, but since it's implied that he's Afro-Latino, his portrayal could be considered one that reinforces violent stereotypes about Black and/or Latino men. The film has a powerful story about multiple sclerosis, which could be inspiring and empowering for others who have the disease. Bobby loses a significant amount of weight, but there's no suggestion that this physical change is shorthand for him getting his life together (which goes against stereotypes for movies that involve weight loss and fat characters).
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Violence & Scariness
Fighting, blood, and violence, including domestic violence. Descriptions of a murder-suicide and description of someone dying from a brain hemorrhage in the boxing ring. Boxing action.
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Language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "s--ts," "bulls--t," "hell," "beefy-a--," "douchebag," "motherf---er," "horseh--t," "a--hole," and exclamatory use of "oh my f---ing God," "Jesus Christ," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of MasterCard, Cadillac, and Neosporin.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bobby buys and smokes weed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bobcat Moretti is a drama about a man (Tim Realbuto) who, after a series of traumas and an MS diagnosis, finds purpose in the boxing ring. Expect strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "Jesus," and more) and pot use. There's also fighting, blood, and violence -- including domestic violence -- as well as descriptions of a murder-suicide and someone dying of a hemorrhage. Promoting themes of perseverance, compassion, empathy, courage, and teamwork, the film also features a racially diverse cast and highlights the difficulties of living with multiple sclerosis. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a gripping drama that offers up inspiration and encouragement -- especially for anyone facing a serious health issue like Bobby's MS diagnosis. Part of Bobcat Moretti's impact comes from its realism, which is rooted in Realbuto's physical transformation while filming the movie (he lost more than 100 pounds over the course of the year-long shoot). Changes in Bobby's physical health tie into his mental health, as he learns how to better handle his life and his various stressors, but -- refreshingly for a movie that involves weight loss -- Bobby's body changes are never presented as shorthand for him getting his life together. Realbuto's performance is heartfelt and touching, and pairing his Bobby with Vivica A. Fox's tough-but-loving boxing trainer, Jo, helps make the film a winning one-two punch.
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