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Never Back Down (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 14 March 2008 (USA)
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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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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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Gillian Jacobs auditioned for the role of Baja. Jacobs said that director Jeff Wadlow remarked that her audition reminded him of Christopher Walken. She did not get the part. See more »

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When Roqua says he hasn't seen his family in seven years he only holds up five fingers. See more »

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Jake Tyler: I lied the first class. I had every intention to fight outside the gym.
Jean Roqua: Is this your apology?
Jake Tyler: I lied because I wanted to pound on the guy who was pounding on me. This guy, he's got the perfect life, the perfect car, the perfect girlfriend. You know, I lied because I'm pissed off. Because I'm angry all the time. I just, I just had to say no and I blew it. That's all I needed to do and I couldn't. My dad, he was, he was completely wasted. He was tanked. He wanted to drive and I let him. He uh, ...
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References Troy (2004) See more »

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Stronger
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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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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