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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

Gross USA:

$24,850,922, 5 June 2008
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Actor Cam Gigandet, who plays the villain "Ryan McCarthy" in the movie, has a black belt in Krav Maga in real life. See more »

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When Roqua says he hasn't seen his family in seven years he only holds up five fingers. See more »

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Max Cooperman: [walks up to a couple of girls] So you guys play X-Box, a lot?
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Wolf Like Me
Written by Tunde Adebimpe (as Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe), Jaleel Bunton, Kyp Malone (as David Kyp Joel Malone),
Dave Sitek (as David Andrew Sitek) and Gerard Smith (as Gerard Anthony Smith)
Performed by TV on the Radio
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Much better than advertised
14 March 2008 | by See 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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