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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Settles
Jeff Stearns ...
Jake Thompson
Tara D'Agostino ...
Marni Elliott
Marc Neihauser
Benny the Heckler
Alan Mitzer
Shelly Lancaster
Dr. Franklin
Joe Restivo ...
Fresno Pete


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

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language


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Release Date:

6 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Street Poet  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,753, 6 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,081, 5 August 2007
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A verbal and cinematic tourdeforce
24 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film is remarkable in that it is both a highly engaging work of film-making but also a great poetic work. The actors, too, pull off a verbal tour de force, especially in scenes when they are "making up" poems off the tops of their heads. If you like past-faced, verbal action, this is your flick. C Thomas Howell is superb as the nasty, too successful "street poet". Writer director Paul Edwards delivers outstanding performances and a nuanced look at the modern phenomenon known as slam poetry. This is also a love story, a film of self-discovery, and a rumination on the creative process. I highly recommend it.

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