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Bobcat Moretti

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Heartfelt boxing drama has strong language, violent scenes.

Movie R 2023 96 minutes
Bobcat Moretti Movie Poster: Tim Realbuto and Vivica A. Fox in a boxing ring

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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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