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Going to the Mat

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sports drama has positive representations; some bullying.

Movie G 2004 92 minutes
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Despite its labored dialogue and limited budget, this movie does a decent job of portraying what it's like to live as a blind teenager and the difficult journey through adolescence. Going to the Mat also addresses the issue of being uprooted from your hometown and having to start again in a different part of the country. The plot has a few contrivances and holes -- Jace bears a grudge against the other wrestlers only after he's provoked them for no reason -- and the script hammers home plenty of points about why Jace is treated differently because of his blindness. The action sequences are similarly stilted, but serve the plot.

Despite all that, the main characters are well drawn. Jace, Fly (Khleo Thomas) and other students have moments where they talk about their struggles and insecurities, and learn that they must be honest and work together in order to deal with them. They also learn the value of listening to parents and teachers who have their best interests at heart.

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