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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Feel-good boxing tale, but frequent bullying and taunting.

Movie PG 2011 95 minutes
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While not in the same league as other feel-good sports movies like Rocky or The Karate Kid, KNOCKOUT makes full use of its limited budget and delivers a movie with lots of boxing action. Besides this, the movie is unafraid to tackle difficult issues like bullying, high school cliques, the challenges of being the new kid in school, and the issues stepparents and stepchildren face living under the same roof. As an actor, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has a good handle on what he can and cannot do, and turns in an enjoyable performance as a high school janitor and former boxer.

Most of the dialogue -- especially between the outcast kids of the high school -- rings true, and even in spite of the occasional moments of overacting from Daniel Magder (who plays the bullied new kid), the characters are both likeable and believable. The bullying scenes and the blood in the boxing matches might be a bit much for younger or more sensitive viewers, but for boxing fans, and fans of Steve Austin's glory days as a pro wrestler, Knockout is an entertaining movie.

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