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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Predictable but moving sports drama goes beyond wrestling.

Movie PG-13 2010 107 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

A very good movie, especially for mid-teenage boys and their parents

This movie is geared toward and is a great movie for mid-teenage boys. For those who are not jocks, it shows that tenacity and courage can be exercised by anyone. For jocks, it shows that being a jerk to others is wrong. Regardless of pop-culture, the movide shows the reality that a teenage boy needs a strong, good man or men in his life. The movie also shows the loyalty of a man to a fallen comrade.
age 8+

Great Movie

I was one of the better movies that noted the positives of Wrestling.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (2):

The movie could have done without the grave, sonorous, public television-style narration that bookends it, and the heavy foreshadowing that practically gives away future plot twists. (That bit about a wrestling fake-out move introduced early on? You just know it'll show up again in some momentous way.) And the bookish, "beanpole" archetype who transforms himself into a winning sportsman with, of course, a big heart. That's all in the LEGENDARY stew.

Yet the film's insistent tugging at your heartstrings will achieve some of its desired effect. Maybe it's Gaye, who looks every bit the part of an earnest teen who doesn't quite know how to save the world -- or, in this case, his family -- but he'll try. Or Cena, who doesn't break any new ground, acting-wise, but manages, if only just, to inhabit someone else's skin for a bit. What's not up for argument is Clarkson's supreme talent. Sharon could have easily grown shrill and bitter, but in Clarkson's hands, she doesn't -- and even ultimately rises to the occasion in a spectacular fashion.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 10, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: December 28, 2010
  • Cast: Danny Glover, John Cena, Patricia Clarkson
  • Director: Mel Damski
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Company
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: suggestive material, brief partial nudity and some fighting scenes
  • Last updated: August 25, 2022

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