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Never Back Down (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 14 March 2008 (USA)
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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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)

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$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 »

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During the fight between Dak-Ho and Jake, Dak Ho lands a kick to Jake's ribs which is clearly seen as his right leg. Next shot, Dak Ho is lowering his left leg. See more »

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Jean Roqua: Never give up, never back down!
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References American Pie (1999) See more »

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Teenagers
Written by Bob Bryar, Frank Iero, Ray Toro (as Raymond Toro), Gerard Way (as Gerard Arthur Way) and Mikey Way (as Michael Way)
Performed by My Chemical Romance
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Entertaining, as long as you don't think too hard.
8 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's just a revamped Karate Kid.

But with MMA, not just Karate, although I did have the occasional urge to shout "Cobra Kai!" when the bad guy came on screen.

Some cool action, basically just MMA (like in the UFC) that's been "hollywoodized" to be showy, "underground", and performed by supposed teenagers.

Djimon Hounsou is wasted on this film, but does fairly well at being the token real actor, giving it some tenuous legitimacy. On the upside, probably a more believable martial arts instructor than Pat Morita... physically, at least.

It's a great movie to just turn off your brain to, and watch lots of girls in bikinis and guys beating each other up. Pleasant, mindless T&A/Action.


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