DVD - 2009
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Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur knows firsthand that every day in New York City is a struggle to survive. So when scam artist Harvey Boarden gives him a chance to be something more in the brutal underground world of bare-knuckle street-fighting, Shawn decides he has something worth fighting for and puts everything on the line to win.
"I like the way the personalities are allowed to upstage the plot in 'Fighting,' a routine three-act fight story that creates uncommonly interesting characters."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
" breathes with a rough, exuberant realism that you rarely see in movies of its kind."--A.O. Scott, New York Times
"'Fighting' has real grit and excellent acting. In other words, there is gold in that dirt."--Boston Globe
Publisher: [United States] : Universal, 2009
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA FIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 08, 2010

This movie isn't worth watching.
Bad acting, bad storyline just plain
boring. I'm looking at it as a whole.
If your someone who likes fighting just watch UFC it's the real thing.

Oct 13, 2009

Fair – Fighting (2009) 105 min. While watching Fighting, I couldn’t help to think of a similar movie that came out in 2008 called “Never Back Down”. Both look at an underdog making a splash in the street fighting world. What makes this one more appealing is the acting of Terrence Howard, who plays the lead’s “fight manager”. He brings about a certain empathy for the character. Unfortunately, Fighting is marred with an inconsistent and choppy script leaving the viewer uncertain about the motivation of each character and why Shanning Tatum’s character, the fighter, has any hopes of winning his next fight (he wins by luck but yet, Terrence Howard invests in this guy?!?). The film in the end is relegated to forgettable popcorn entertainment. Note - I couldn't help but compare Tatum Channing to a young Gary Cooper.

Oct 07, 2009

I liked, both the posed - and unintended realism in this movie. More about that soon... and about the steady, calm, effortless excellence of oft-unheralded professional Terrence Howard - and the charismatic delivery of sultry, up-and-coming young movie buck, Channing Tatum.


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