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Parents' Guide to

Bayonet

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Boxer questions ethics of fighting; violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2019 101 minutes
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This film could be cut by an hour and still deliver the same tepid rumination on boxing. Many other such dramas have done the job quicker and better, including Raging Bull and the Rocky series. Key information that would help the audience understand the protagonist's anguish are not disclosed until 80 minutes into a 101-minute film. Important characters remain undeveloped and more or less disposable. A lot of plot turns are left unexplained. Why are some fights stopped immediately and others allowed to go on until someone is badly hurt?

What's indisputable is the riveting performance given by Mendez as the tortured fighter, turning something otherwise forgettable into something watchable. Bayonet is appropriate only for teens old enough to understand why people might want to subject themselves to the risks of violent and competitive sports.

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