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The Kid

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Loving coach helps teen box his way out of family conflict.

Movie PG 2002 88 minutes
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Set in a wintry Canada, this is an earnest picture, competently told, and it will tug on some heartstrings. But there's a lot of boxing to get through and it won't appeal to everyone.

It's a familiar story -- kid wants to succeed at a sport and must overcome obstacles to achieve his goal. In this case, the main obstacle is a disapproving family. The filmmakers make a good argument for boxing for teens -- "It's about testing yourself, not hurting people" and "It's about overcoming fear." They compare it to other contact sports like hockey and football, deciding it's "less violent" than those. To their credit, the opposition (Jimmy's dad) makes its own strong case, about "barbarism," injury, and "combat." It's left for the audience to decide; Jimmy made his choice early on and that's never in doubt.

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