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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Thought-provoking boxing drama has lots of profanity.

Movie R 2000 110 minutes
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Yes, GIRLFIGHT has plenty of boxing, but it's actually a thought-provoking character study. Teens looking for a lot of action will be rewarded instead with a look at a young woman turning her life around, finding a positive outlet emotionally and physically, blazing a trail in a male-dominated sport, and learning that different and unexpected paths are open for her. Michelle Rodriguez has tremendous magnetism as Diana, a character who's a little hard to like, very hard to get to know, and impossible not to admire.

Director and writer Karyn Kusama crafts a documentary-like neutrality with a somber, quiet mood that's realistic without being gratuitously gritty. Kusama doesn't solve all Diana's problems for us, either, and teens will find themselves pondering her future long after the movie is over.

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