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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
The boxing scenes include graphic violence and bloody injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references.
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Strong language for a PG-13.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, smoking, drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has strong and very aggressive language for a PG-13. There are sexual references and characters drink, smoke, and take drugs. The boxing scenes include graphic violence and injuries. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Two tips for movie-makers out there -- first, if you make a movie about a real-life character, especially a feisty babe who can go toe-to-toe with the big boys, don't let her produce the movie. And second, It takes more than a big mouth and skimpy clothes to turn an America's sweetheart girl-next-door type into Erin Brockovich. Ignore these points and you get AGAINST THE ROPES, turning a story about boxing's first major female promoter into an uninspired and uninspiring tale that feels like it comes out of the Lifetime made-for-TV-movie assembly line.
What is really disappointing is that none of this is half as interesting as the real life of Jackie Kallen, who was a journalist for Rolling Stone who became a publicist for a boxer after interviewing him for a feature story. She was a minivan-driving mother of two children who brought her inner city boxers out to her suburban home to live with her. She has detailed the ups and downs of her life in a book, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot: A Fight Plan for Dealing With All of Life's Hard Knocks". Another disappointment is Ryan's performance, which is all on the outside and is more distracting than revealing. She pitches her voice low and tahks about bahkzing. She wears teensy tight outfits and animal prints. And she has done something unwise to her lips. Ryan is a good actress who knows how to look tough and vulnerable at the same time, but the script and director Dutton try to do too many things at once with Kallen, and so it does not give her a real character to give to us.
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