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Boxing biopic mixes inspiring story, mature content.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTeenZork March 25, 2011

great movie with great messages, drugs are scary

Teaches you to never give up. Micky is a great role model throughout, and in the end Dicky becomes one too by becoming clean. The only thing iffy in the movie is all the drugs. Its very disturbing but also good because it teaches how they can ruin your life.. AN AMAZING AND INSPIRING MOVIE. DO NOT miss it!
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Teen, 15 years old Written byTheCritic14 January 3, 2011

Movie of the Year

I can say this is one of the best films of the year, great performances from the cast, good messages, just a great movie. It is iffy for some, the fight scenes are very intense, some sexual content nothing extreme, the language is what you expect from a film based in Boston (A LOT), they do a bit of commercialism with HBO and some beer brands. Things that are great of this movie, you feel better coming out of this than The Blind Sides, same messages but more effect. If you want to take your teenagers out for a good movie, take them to this. Won't be dissapointed
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Parent of a 11, 13, and 13 year old Written bylisamisa March 31, 2011
I agree with most of the official review. Great movie for older teens! Review failed to mention that there was a prostitution sceen where it is implied that the woman is performing oral sex on a man in the front seat of a car.
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Parent of a 4, 10, and 14 year old Written bygratefuldavid February 19, 2011

For older teens

The complex relationships along with the violent fight scenes make this a movie that I don't think many kids could wrap their heads around. It's great to be shown the toll that drug abuse can take on a person and to see how blind loyalty, even to family, can really damage a person's chances but still a bit heavy for a kid. In the end this movie, like all great boxing movies, is about redemption and that can be one of the most powerful storytelling techniques in film. I wouldn't take my oldest to see it, but I think in a year or two she would be able to appreciate it.
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Teen, 16 years old Written bygrantk September 21, 2015

Violence is not in this movie at all... Boxing is a sport and its time CSM realized it

As a boxer myself and someone who understands the sport, I do not think boxing can constitute a CSM review of high violence. Boxing is a sport, not a violent act, like shooting or beating someone up on the street. It's time CSM recognized Boxing as a sport and not an act of violence and brutality. The only part of this movie I think should restrict the viewers age is the brothers crack addiction. I think parents should talk to their kids about the difference between boxing and street fighting. I think parents should talk to their kids about what makes hitting people in the ring different than violence.
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Adult Written bykipwalker44 January 8, 2015

Inspirational, mesmerizing biopic of Micky Ward

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Teen, 17 years old Written byBestPicture1996 May 11, 2013

Inspiring, hard-hitting drama!

The extensive profanity in this film (boxers do have incredibly salty language I suppose) make it an older teen movie for sure, but boy is it gripping. Bale has the juiciest role of all has a crackhead with a genuinely good heart, but he weighs down on his brother's success. With some really solid supporting cast and realistic interactions between an extremely dysfunctional family, there's still the message in there that family always comes first!
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Teen, 16 years old Written byThat90sguy July 22, 2012

Amazing movie that I think is great for older teens.

This is a very good movie, one of the best in 2010. The acting by Mark and Bale were one of the best performances in a while. The movie had a lot of realism to life around their area and time, as well as the true story itself. However, this movie is nowhere near appropriate for younger teens and below. The movie deals with issues such as drug abuse, family trust, and becoming an underdog, to rise to the top. The violencein the movie is not that bad, but there are a fighting in the ring that contains little blood, and some scenes outside the ring as well. Language is heavy as f--k and s--t are used many, many times. Also, you see people on cocaine and other drugs. There is some sexuallity as well, nothing graphic though, as its just a sex scene that you don't see, yet is implied, and a scence where a man is having oral sex, again not graphic). Overall, this movie is a must-see, but because of the themes and heavy language, this is recommended to older teens, 16+.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byStevie111 March 3, 2012

Great dramatic story

This is a very emotional movie. The drugs, boxing violence, and language (which is very strong), still could be viewed by young teens. But, the drama will probably be better for mature older audiences.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byTechn0boy96 November 26, 2011

Spectacular Drama; with strong profanity and drug references

The Fighter is an amazing film. It's a simply spectacular drama with strong and moderate violence and some references to drugs and alcohol as well as scenes of it's use. In addition, The use of profanity is high, a lot of f-bombs so mature young teenagers and up. It promotes determination and hard work and I personally find it awesome- one of my favourite movies.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byazchachi October 18, 2011

Great for Teens

I saw this movie with my parents and there are just some parts that arent things kids under 12 or 13 should see. As long as you're accompanied by and adult I think you should be fine. I didnt remember all the interpropriate parts, I grasped on to the positive parts of the movie.
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Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn September 17, 2011

Boxing drama is basically just one big profanity and drug fused family story

Back in late Febuary of this year, when the 2011 Academy Awards announced that The Fighter had won 2 Academy Awards, both for acting, I was happy for it, the filmakers and of course, the actors. Christian Bale very much deserved the oscar for his performance as Mickey's borther, and if I might say so, it's about time, too. Also, Melissa Leo deserved it as well for her performance as Mickey and Dicky's mother, who is a harsh woman, at least. But, that does not mean that this movie is for children, tween's or even most younger teens as it is full of bone crunchingly realistic (and all the better for it, too) boxing matches which really put you in the center stage, and also with violence, there are several scenes of public violence against police officers and against the people being arrested by them. Also, there is lot's and lot's of profanity, close to 166 F-words actually which carries through the entire movie, there is plenty of sexual references and several scenes of actual bedroom activity. Finally, there is also a lot of drug use and is at one point in the movie, even actually a subject studied by a HBO. It's a entertaining and well made inspirational tale, but not for kids.
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Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 May 22, 2011

Good Film with language and violence

I like it but it has lotsa of language and violence so keep in mind but overall it is good
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Teen, 14 years old Written bySecretAgentPalin May 21, 2011

Mature Teens.

Heavy on the profanity. The sexual content is at a PG-13 level. There are a few mild bloody images, and there are several fist fights (inside and outside of the ring). Some smoking, and images of the physical effects of crack addiction. Mature Teens will be able to handle this movie. The only major concern is the bad language.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byfangningsheng April 29, 2011

Good, but lots of swearing and drug use

The Fighter is interesting and inspirational. Christian Bale did a great job as Dickie Eklund, Micky Ward's crack addicted brother and trainer. The Fighter has some boxing scenes that are bloodier than the real sport, and Micky has his hand broken by a cop. Strong language is almost constant, and Dickie is shown smoking crack in several graphic scenes. There is some sexual content, sometimes strong. Suggested MPAA rating: R for drug use, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and some violence.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byGreg Foltynowicz April 28, 2011

Very good movie but lots of strong language!

Lots of F-bombs. And a character who is addicted to crack trys to stop trying to do drugs. And there is one kissing scene the girl is wearing a see through bra. And u see a hooker in one scene. But this is a really good movie!
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Parent of a 17 year old Written byshadii April 20, 2011
love it
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Teen, 16 years old Written bythefalconater March 17, 2011

Ahhh...DICKY!!!

This movie is one of the best movies of the year. It was so completely fantastic. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo really made this movie with their incredible acting. Of course Marky Mark being his usual cool self. Go see it. You won't regret it.
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Teen, 15 years old Written bybananalover March 16, 2011

i love this movie

i love this movie because of mark wahlberg
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Adult Written byjoshua martinez March 15, 2011
this drama movie the fighter is in inspiring movie filled with heavy topic themes that maybe too much for your younger kids such as weighing the importance of family versus the importance of a career and exerting your own true self and with that being said this movie is only for your older teens and parents you need to know that the fighter has a lot of boxing violence such as punching and some spattering blood also there is some sexuality involve between the fighter and the girlfriend but no graphic nudity shown characters used constant strong language throughout the movie there is a lot of drugs used such as crack, drinking socially and smoking cigarettes throughout the movie there is a great positive message in this movie it's about beating the odds, overcoming challenges, empathy, and, ultimately, staying true to yourself there's also a complex message relating to family that mickey must decide whether to leave his family behind to further his career for the good model part mickey is a good inspirational hero He's a good fighter who lives in the shadow of his brother and therefore doesn't get the consideration he deserves from his family He must make the very tough decisions to leave them behind to further his career and to stand up to them to get everything he wants and deserves He doesn't give up easily, even when he's facing impossible odds and defeat looks almost certain.
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