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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Tyler
... Baja Miller
... Ryan McCarthy
... Max Cooperman
... Margot Tyler
... Jean Roqua
... Charlie Tyler
... Beatdown DJ
... Aaron
... Jenny
... Eric
... Ben
... Mr. Lloyd
Chele André ... Max's Girl
... Beat Down Referee
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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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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,603,195, 16 March 2008, Wide Release

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$24,850,922, 5 June 2008
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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 »

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During the fight scene when Jake gets out of the car to fight the three guys in the Yellow Hummer, Max lifts up his video camera after Jake throws his first punch, but after the fight, when all of the students are watching the fight on the net at school, it shows that Max is recording before the fight even begins. See more »

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Ryan McCarthy: Enjoy the floor.
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References Troy (2004) See more »

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Teenagers
Written by Bob Bryar, Frank Iero, Ray Toro (as Raymond Toro), Gerard Way (as Gerard Arthur Way) and Mikey Way (as Michael Way)
Performed by My Chemical Romance
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Entertaining, as long as you don't think too hard.
8 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Yes, it's just a revamped Karate Kid.

But with MMA, not just Karate, although I did have the occasional urge to shout "Cobra Kai!" when the bad guy came on screen.

Some cool action, basically just MMA (like in the UFC) that's been "hollywoodized" to be showy, "underground", and performed by supposed teenagers.

Djimon Hounsou is wasted on this film, but does fairly well at being the token real actor, giving it some tenuous legitimacy. On the upside, probably a more believable martial arts instructor than Pat Morita... physically, at least.

It's a great movie to just turn off your brain to, and watch lots of girls in bikinis and guys beating each other up. Pleasant, mindless T&A/Action.


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