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Fighting (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 24 April 2009 (USA)
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In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

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Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. Written by KGF Vissers

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Some dreams are worth the fight.

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for intense fight sequences, a sex scene and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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24 April 2009 (USA)  »

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$11,024,370 (USA) (24 April 2009)

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$23,036,320 (USA) (5 June 2009)
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Trivia

Second movie with Terrence Howard to feature a montage to the song "Trouble Man" by Marvin Gaye. The first being Four Brothers. See more »

Goofs

After Shawn's first fight when he arrives at the night club he is seen stepping out of the car clearly sporting 2 bruises on his face. After the scene shifts to the interior, his bruises have all disappeared. See more »

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Shawn MacArthur: Where are we going?
Harvey Boarden: You're in a $100,000 dollar Mercedes. Thats where were going.
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References War (2007) See more »

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Move On Up
Written and Performed by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/Custom Classics
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Another Ho-Hum Wannabe Fight Film
29 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dito Montiel ('A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints') has a sense of the raw flavor of the streets of New York and he is apparently respected enough to have actors of the quality of Terrence Howard and Luis Guzmán sign on to his projects. His latest release on DVD is FIGHTING (co-written with Robert Munic), a rather tepid film trying hard to be a piece of verismo. The story is so overused that it no longer can maintain an audience's interest: the outcome of the film is guessed within the first few minutes. Briefly, Shawn MacArthur (model and type cast actor Channing Tatum) works the streets of New York around Radio Music Hall, selling ripoff copies of books and gadgets to tourists. He is involved in a fight, observed by the quiet scam artist Harvey Boarden (a wasted role for Terrence Howard) and by a young girl Zulay (Zulay Henao), and while Shawn's eye fixes on Zulay, Harvey's eye is on Shawn's possibilities as a 'fight for money' partner. Shawn moves in with Harvey, develops a relationship with Zulay, and proceeds to win fights for money, until he is asked to fix a fight - a bit of conscience blurring created by a clash with his own father and the proposed opponent Evan Hailey (Brian White) - and ends his 'career' in a way we can all imagine.

One would suppose we should care about the relationship between Shawn and Harvey and how mutually saprophytic it becomes, but the script get in the way of have us care about anyone in the film - with the possible exception of Zulay's abuela (Altagracia Guzmán), a little cameo that almost make the rest of the film worth watching. This is one of those movies that promises a lot but simply cannot deliver more than a dreary rehash of street fight movies. Grady Harp, August 09


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