Review in a Hurry: The story of real-life boxing underdog "Irish" Micky Ward, The Fighter
is Ok as a gritty indie with great performances from Mark Wahlberg
and Christian Bale
. But the all too familiar Rocky-formula keeps it from being a total Ko. Good thing director David O. Russell
) injects his signature shock and awesome humor. The Bigger Picture: Massachusetts, the early '90s, Micky (Wahlberg) is a boxer other up-and-comers bout to move themselves up in the rankings. He's a professional rung on the ladder to bigger and better things. Micky wants a shot at a middleweight title, but he's managed by his less than adequate his older brother, Dickie (Bale), and their mom...