A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages and defines an emphasis on passion when pursuing dreams. Promotes open communication with parents even in times of great disagreement. Examines both pros and cons of youth boxing, with a resolution favorable to the sport.
Positive Role Models
Though Jimmy, the young hero, feels forced to lie to his parents, he is guilt-ridden by his actions, makes a strong effort to repair the damage it costs. Otherwise, he's caring, responsible, tenacious, and unselfish. The film includes diverse parental role models: a surrogate dad is exemplary; Jimmy's parents are protective, loving, and responsible; though it takes some time, they make adjustments to accept their son's passion for boxing; finally, a very pushy father behaves badly, but learns to listen to his son and accept him as he is.
Violence & Scariness
Many organized boxing and sparring scenes; no injuries or serious wounds.
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A "damn" and a "hell." Some demeaning dialogue: "twerp," "pipsqueak," and "You fight like a girl!"
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Products & Purchases
ATF boxing and fitness equipment featured throughout.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kid is about a teen's involvement in organized and supervised junior boxing competitions and includes many boxing matches, sparring sessions, and scenes showing kids working out and training. While none of the boys are injured or even hurt during the bouts, there are hard hits, falls, along with some suspense. The emphasis of the film is on relevant teen issues: disagreements with parents, resolving problematic alliances, choosing one's life path. The film also builds a very special and important relationship between the young hero and his boxing mentor. (Spoiler alert: this relationship ends tragically.) Other than some club bullies, there are no villains here, simply disparate attitudes and beliefs which provide the conflict. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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