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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Prison fight violence, boxing violence. References to rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to prison sex.
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Very strong prison language including racist language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has extremely strong language (including the "N" word in the soundtrack), violent confrontations, references to rape and prison sex, and corrupt officials. Some viewers will be concerned about implications that the rape survivor may be lying about what happened. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There is more plot and character development in Michael Jackson's music video for "Beat It" than in this forgettable prison boxing movie. Sports movies (and prison movies, and, come to think of it, most movies) work well when there's a metaphorical journey involving risk, learning, sacrifice and growth. There's none of that here.
Iceman and Monroe are unchanged from beginning to end. We hear that Iceman is a strong offensive boxer, so we expect to see Monroe develop a strategy to put him on the defense. Nope. Monroe says that he has learned to live entirely inside himself, rely only on himself, and stay in control at all times, so we expect to see him have to rely on himself. Nope. Some big deal is made about having the big fight according to the old rules from the bare-knuckle days, but then the guy organizing the fight changes his mind and decides they will use gloves. Except for one guy who dies, everyone ends up pretty much where they started. All that's left, then, is the boxing. There are some powerful moments, but they, too, are flash without substance, and show no real understanding of the sport.
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