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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 high school to discover an underground fight club and meet a classmate who begins to coerce him into fighting.

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Jeff Wadlow

Writer:

Chris Hauty
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Faris ... Jake Tyler
Amber Heard ... Baja Miller
Cam Gigandet ... Ryan McCarthy
Evan Peters ... Max Cooperman
Leslie Hope ... Margot Tyler
Djimon Hounsou ... Jean Roqua
Wyatt Smith ... Charlie Tyler
Affion Crockett ... Beatdown DJ
Neil Brown Jr. ... Aaron
Lauren Leech ... Jenny
Tilky Jones ... Eric
Steven Crowley ... Ben
Tom Nowicki ... Mr. Lloyd
Chele André ... Max's Girl
Chris Lindsay ... Beat Down Referee
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

Chris Hauty was inspired to write the script after his then-teenage son showed him YouTube videos of fights taking place at his high school. See more »

Goofs

When Jake fights Roqua at the Gym, the punch mitt on Roqua's left hand disappears and appears between cuts. See more »

Quotes

Ryan McCarthy: If you gonna be the best, you have to take out the best
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Alternate Versions

PG-13 version is 110 Minutes while the unrated version is 113 Minutes. See more »


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The Slam
Written by Toby McKeehan, Christopher Stevens, Joe Webber and T-Bone (as Rene Sotomayer (T-Bone))
Performed by Toby McKeehan (as tobyMac) & T-Bone
Courtesy of ForeFront Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Much better than advertised
14 March 2008 | by zachary-pruckowskiSee all my reviews

The advertisements for this movie do it serious injustice. I was standing in the lobby of a movie theater at a free showing, and almost didn't walk in, because the trailers and ads had me convinced it was a complete waste of time. The advertisements portray the film as being merely a vehicle for shirtless boys to beat on each other and hot girls to wear bikinis. While there is no shortage of either, the movie has a strong underlying theme and a decent plot.

At the thematic level, the movie is about accepting responsibility for your actions, controlling your emotions, and making good choices. It's as much about motivations as macho.

Yes, it is a teen-targeted movie. You've got rich kids running around in massive mansions driving expensive cars, but that's just the setting. You've got people beating the crap out of each other, but that's just a plot device. The heart of the movie is about personal growth and making choices. It's not an empty action flick or a taped brawl.

It's not the best film of the year, and it may well wind up as a late night cable movie in a few months, but it's nowhere near as bad as people expect. It's definitely worth the price of a rental, and worth the $10 to see it in theaters, if you've got no other plans. I blame the negativity largely on the advertising, which tries to sell it as "just another fight movie".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Some See more »

Filming Locations:

Clermont, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,603,195, 16 March 2008

Gross USA:

$24,850,922

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,627,431
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2.35 : 1
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