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Fighting Words (2007)

R | | Drama, Romance | 6 April 2007 (USA)
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A romantic drama set against the world of slam poetry competitions.

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E. Paul Edwards

Writer:

E. Paul Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... David Settles
Jeff Stearns Jeff Stearns ... Jake Thompson
Tara D'Agostino Tara D'Agostino ... Marni Elliott
Fred Willard ... Longfellow
Fred Williamson ... Gabriel
Edward Albert ... Marc Neihauser
Michael Parks ... Benny the Heckler
Val Lauren ... Etch-A-Sketch
Dominic Comperatore ... Alan Mitzer
Jen Dede ... Lisa
Vanessa Dorman Vanessa Dorman ... Shelly Lancaster
Tucker Smallwood ... Dr. Franklin
Amir Talai ... Ralphie
Joe Restivo Joe Restivo ... Millhouse
James Parks ... Fresno Pete
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A romantic drama set against the world of slam poetry competitions.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Poet See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,753, 6 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,081, 5 August 2007
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well-meaning film falls flat
24 August 2008 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Written and directed by E. Paul Edwards, "Fighting Words" is a low-budget romantic drama set in the fringe world of slam poetry. Jake Thompson (Jeff Stearns) is the pained poet and Marni Elliot (Tara T'Agostino) the HIV-positive book publisher who takes an interest in the promising young man's person and work. C. Thomas Howell appears as a slime ball, cutthroat poet (and ex-boy friend of Marni) who will stop at nothing to keep Jake from winning a competition and the book deal that goes with it. Fred Willard puts in an appearance near the end as the emcee of the contest.

The movie is certainly well-intentioned, and it earns at least a few points for its unusual subject matter, but an overall amateurishness in the performances and direction relegates it to minor league status. Moreover, an air of contrivance in the storytelling - especially in the final third - goes a long way towards undercutting any credibility the film might have had.


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