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Fighting Words (2007)

R | | Drama, Romance | 6 April 2007 (USA)
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A romantic drama set against the world of slam poetry competitions.



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A romantic drama set against the world of slam poetry competitions.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and language


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6 April 2007 (USA)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$9,753 (USA) (6 April 2007)


$35,081 (USA) (3 August 2007)

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well-meaning film falls flat
24 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Written and directed by E. Paul Edwards, "Fighting Words" is a low-budget romantic drama set in the fringe world of slam poetry. Jake Thompson (Jeff Stearns) is the pained poet and Marni Elliot (Tara T'Agostino) the HIV-positive book publisher who takes an interest in the promising young man's person and work. C. Thomas Howell appears as a slime ball, cutthroat poet (and ex-boy friend of Marni) who will stop at nothing to keep Jake from winning a competition and the book deal that goes with it. Fred Willard puts in an appearance near the end as the emcee of the contest.

The movie is certainly well-intentioned, and it earns at least a few points for its unusual subject matter, but an overall amateurishness in the performances and direction relegates it to minor league status. Moreover, an air of contrivance in the storytelling - especially in the final third - goes a long way towards undercutting any credibility the film might have had.

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