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Back in the Day

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature boxing drama means well but falls far short.

Movie NR 2016 121 minutes
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Star William DeMeo also wrote and produced this well-meaning, heartfelt boxing drama, but even with a great cast, it's too long, painfully overwritten, amateurish, and embarrassingly awkward. To start, Back in the Day shows its climactic fight at the beginning and tells the rest in flashback, so there's nothing to look forward to. And ech dialogue-heavy scene plays out roughly the same, with characters showing up somewhere, talking, and then leaving.

Actors like Madsen and Alec Baldwin manage to find things to work with in between their voluminous dialogue and come away with their dignity mostly intact. But the less-experienced actors haven't a prayer. The fight scenes aren't even exciting, turned bland by far too many cutaways to fans at ringside. Most of the soapy story elements have been done elsewhere, and better, but director Paul Borghese drags the movie out to a torturous two hours, as if pure repetition could pound some life into this punishing pugilist project.

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