First Match

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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age 16+

Compelling teen drama has violence and language.

NR 2018 102 minutes

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age 15+

Refreshing Coming of Age Movie - Sometimes brutal

I watched with my 14-year-old and after the first cage fight scene and the obvious trend of having to watch the main character make one bad decision after the other until she makes some good choices, she left the room and said "tell me what happens." That said, the violence is hard to take because realistic, but the worst of it is not shown, but reflected in the faces of those watching, and I think many 14-yr-olds could handle it. Good acting, good messages about forgiving yourself and others, loved it for being set in the ghetto and having no drugs or guns (after all, most kids do just spend their days playing video games and hanging out) and a refreshing shout out to all those wonderful patient coaches. social workers, and foster parents who are willing to bend the rules to make a difference in kids' lives. If you're looking for zero tolerance, don't look here, but there's some real love and growth in this movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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