Parents' Guide to

The Fighters

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Boxing reality is edgy but shows softer side of sport, too.

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The Fighters offers a surprisingly sensitive look at the tough world of the Southie boxing culture, which has been credited in the past with producing outstanding professional boxers, and for providing stability to young men living in South Boston's rough neighborhoods. It offers some insight into what makes a strong boxer, and reveals some of the struggles today's young fighters are facing, like poverty, homelessness, and addiction, while trying to commit to the sport.

Granted, some of the conversations (and arguments) between the trainers seem contrived. But most of the young fighters appear honest in their desire to commit to the sport, and to use it to somehow improve their circumstances. Meanwhile, the trainers appear earnest in their desire to help the young men in their community. Boxing fans will certainly be drawn to it, but the overall show has enough heart to appeal to larger audiences.

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