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The Philly Kid (2012)

R | | Action, Drama, Sport | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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A former NCAA champion wrestler, paroled after ten years in prison, agrees to a series of cage fights to save a friend's life and is asked to do the impossible - lose.

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Dillon
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Amy
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LA Jim
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Ace
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Marks
Adam Mervis ...
Ryan Maygold
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Lenny
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Allison Kaufman
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Spencer
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Arthur Letts
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Rich Clementi ...
Sanchez
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Tina
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Chase (as Kristopher Van Varenberg)
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An attempt to purchase beer becomes a nightmare for underage friends Chase, Jake and Dillon when Chase ends up dead, Jake gets shot in the back, and Dillon - a championship wrestler - goes to prison for manslaughter. Released after ten years, Dillon's greeted by Jake, who lines him up with a job and introduces him to the world of minor league MMA fighting. Due to Jake's outstanding gambling debt, Dillon agrees to three fights to cover it and literally save Jake's life but finds himself caught between gangsters, dirty cops, a shady promoter, a snide parole officer and Jake's disapproving sister. Written by statmanjeff

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His only way out is getting back in

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Philly Kid  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The film is called "Brawler" on the UK Netflix. See more »

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Among his many injuries, Jake gets shot in the mouth, putting a hole through his cheek. Though sutured up and leaving only a small scratch (remarkable in itself), the blast alone would have burned his mouth, yet the injury fails to impede Jake's diction in any degree. See more »

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LA Jim: I train the best, and the best all have that animal that I saw in you last night, but that's not enough. See, right now you can go on the ground with anyone. You just can't get 'em there. You're gonna learn how to stand up and fight, become a complete fighter. Yeah, that's what separates the street rats from the best. You're gonna want it, or eventually... you won't walk out.
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References The Wire (2002) See more »

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Crush Ya
Written By Ian Honeyman and Christopher Leigh Curtis
Performed by Ian Honeyman' and Chuck Preston
Produced and Mixed by Ian Honeyman
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Average in every aspect
27 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think anytime you watch a movie about something in which you are knowledgeable there is an excellent chance you will be disappointed. Movies when people click on a keyboard for 2 minutes and crack the CIA firewall or alien codes! Or when Japanese import cars are red-lined but seem to continue to rev higher and go faster with nitrous. Or football movies where people are diving left and right, but never at the ball carrier.

This film is no different. The fight scenes weren't bad. Not even close to real, but better than other movies I've seen. The acting wasn't bad. The plot wasn't bad. Bearable, entertaining, but nothing exceptional.

The plot has the lead actor fighting THREE fights to pay off a debt of his loser friend. After TWO fights, against virtually unknown local fighters, an MMA organization seeks him out and offers him a contract fight. The representative of the organization says they've been tracking his career. What??? His first fight was with no training after 10 years in prison. The second a few weeks later. Thousands of fighters across the nation, and they take notice of a guy with 2 wins in as many weeks against local nobodies??? Good grief.

His third fight is against a guy twice his weight that moves like an 80-year-old. Look, it isn't the UFC, but there are still weight classes! I won't reveal any more and risk spoiling the end.

Bottom line... worth watching over regular TV... but nothing beyond average.


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