Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of underachievement -- Jerry has been knocking around from one construction job to another and spinning his wheels in an unsatisfying relationship, all the while with an eye toward eventually getting his act together. His last connection to the fight game is the evening boxing class he teaches to middle-aged, middle class, middle management types at a gym in Pasadena, where he also works as a handyman. When venerable boxing coach Eddie Bell asks Jerry if he'd like to spar a couple of rounds with Malice Blake, an up-and-coming pro, Jerry reluctantly steps into the ring. Despite the ass-kicking Jerry otherwise receives, a one-punch knockdown of Blake convinces Jerry that it's time to make his return to competitive boxing. Thus ends a 20-year layoff and begins a hilarious fish-out-water quest for Olympic gold.
You're never too old to go for the gold.
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26 April 2007 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $97,137,
23 March 2008, Limited Release
Gross USA: $442,638, 4 May 2008
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Did You Know?
The film was going to be released straight to DVD until Adam Carolla
insisted that the movie be released in theaters and put up approximately $300,000 of his own money for prints and promotion to fund a limited release. See more
In the opening credits when Jerry spills coffee on himself several coffee grounds are stuck to his face. They vanish and reappear through the scene. See more
Who hangs a heavy bag with toggle bolts?
References Speed Racer
Ring of Fire
Performed by John Oszajca
Written by June Carter Cash
and Merle Kilgore See more