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MPAA Rated R for language throughout, and some violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Some ring girls are shown in skimpy clothing.
  • A man and woman kiss passionately on top of each other. There's no nudity, but the woman lifts her dress and her underwear is shown; however, the lighting is dark and nothing graphic is shown. Sex is implied.
  • A woman is seen in a bra and underwear covered by an open robe in several brief shots.
  • A man is shown naked sitting on the floor of a locker shower, but no nudity is shown.
  • There is no nudity -- male or female.
  • A man says that he is going to "take" another man's wife. His exact meaning is not clear -- he could mean "steal her away."

Violence & Gore

  • A gun is put to a person's head and is threatened.
  • Boxing matches are shown in the most graphic depiction possible, with lots of blood shown. There is also a shooting and there is blood visible. However there is no gore in this film.
  • Several intense boxing matches.
  • During the boxing matches there is often lots of blood on both contestants, especially on their faces. Profuse bleeding is often focused, including bloody teeth and bloody red eyes. Not exactly "gory," but it is fairly bloody.
  • A fight breaks out between two groups of men.
  • Someone is shot and the movie focuses on them and their pain. Some blood is visible, but it is not the focus.
  • Someone dies slowly, and the camera is centered on them. Not very gory.


  • 92 uses of "fuck"
  • 12 uses of "bitch"
  • other milder swearing

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A few scenes in a bar.
  • A character is sometimes very drunk or high
  • Many references to and questions about using alcohol and drugs

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This film is pretty dark for a sports drama. It tells the story about a boxer who loses everything after witnessing the shooting death of his wife. Some scenes in this movie are quite emotional.
  • Someone is unexpectedly killed. While it is not bloody or gory, it can be very sad and somewhat disturbing.
  • Watching bloodied boxers struggle to stand up can be disturbing for young viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Two men talk about a teenager who was recently shot and killed. They are very upset about it.

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