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Never Back Down (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  14 March 2008 (USA)
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Ratings: 6.6/10 from 76,172 users   Metascore: 39/100
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A frustrated and conflicted teenager arrives at a new highschool to discover an underground fightclub and meet a classmate who begins to coerce him into fighting.



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At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Win or Lose... Everyone Has Their Fight


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving intense sequences of fighting/violence, some sexuality, partying and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,603,195 (USA) (14 March 2008)


$24,848,292 (USA) (30 May 2008)

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Sean Faris broke his L3 spinous transverse process when Djimon Hounsou body slammed him. See more »


During Jake's fight with the guys from the Hummer, he throws one of them into the vehicle's side-view mirror. In the first shot, it is seen to be the passenger side mirror. In the next shot, it is obviously the driver side mirror, and then in the last shot, it goes back to the passenger side. See more »


Vocabulary Guy: So what do you guys want to write about?
Baja Miller: How about pride?
Jake Tyler: Betrayal.
Baja Miller: Exoneration.
Jake Tyler: Treachery
Baja Miller: Sequaciousness.
Jake Tyler: That's bullshit. That's not even a word.
Vocabulary Guy: Yeah, it is. It's go with the flow, and it's used quite well, I might add.
Baja Miller: Why do you have to be such a jerk?
Jake Tyler: Yeah, this is my fault.
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Written by Thomas Bangalter, Edwin Birdsong, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo and Kanye West
Performed by Kanye West
Courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains portions of "Harder Better Faster Stronger"
Performed by Daft Punk
Courtesy of EMI Music France
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Contains portions of "Cola Bottle Baby"
Performed by Edwin Birdsong
Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records
Under license from Assorted Music, Inc.
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a heavily under-rated kick-arse movie, albeit its flaws...
8 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being a martial artist myself, i can understand why others may not feel the same way towards what i am about to say as this film is clearly aimed at a specific audience.

Never back down is a good teen-young adult film. Why is it rated so low? It contains and deals with many issues that are in our every lives. Issues of pride, of bullying, of prejudice, of commitment and above all respect. Its promotional campaign does not do it justice. If one looks below the surface, this movie has some depth to it.

Good things about it: fantastic soundtrack, good acting, great locations, professional fighting and pretty good story, albeit being a bit simple and predictable.

Bad things about it: a bit cheesy, mostly predictable, lack of character development apart from Jake (the main character) and Jean Roqua, the occasional bad technique (from my point of view) and a clear plastic feel to it due to the beautiful people.

I'm not much of a writter, all I'll say is this film is worth watching and is very empowering, particularly if you are a martial artist or have had a bad day.

overall 9/10

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