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|Against the Ropes |
Actors: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Charles S. Dutton, Tony Shalhoub, Tim Daly
Director: Charles S. Dutton
JACKIE ISN'T FIGHTING FOR GLORY. SHE'S FIGHTING FOR RESPECT.INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY, JACKIE IS A SASSY, BRASSY BOXINGMANAGER-IN-THE-MAKING DETERMINED TO CHANGE 'LETHAL' LUTHER SHAW FROM A MERE STREET PUNK INTO A WORLD CLA... more »
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Tracy B. (MooVeeFreak) from CARTHAGE, TN
Reviewed on 3/24/2011...
I thought this was a good flick. Had comedy & drama & boxing of course!
I love Meg Ryan it it was fun to see her in something besides the normal girlie chick flicks. I liked how she had a mind of her own, was opinionated & knew what she wanted. Her accent drove me crazy & some of her clothing ideas were biazzare.
Omar Epps was hot in this movie & I liked the relationship that was formed between him & Ryan. I think there could have been more fighting besides the brief second clips & the last fight scene.
Still worth the watch for the mood I was in! Just shows girls can be better than guys!!
Great story, abrupt ending
K. Stuckey | Port Huron, MI USA | 07/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a great story of how to fight for what you believe in and that success does not come easy. Based loosely on the true story of Jackie Callen, Meg Ryan is wonderful as a woman trying to break into the boys-club of boxing management. She grew up loving boxing and knows the sport inside out. After being mistreated and underappreciated by the men she works for in sports, she goes out on her own with a young thug named Luther (the fine Omar Epps) whom she thinks has potential. With help from some old friends of her late uncle (himself a pro boxer), she turns Luther into a winner. Along the way, the attention goes to Jackie's head and she starts to alienate those around her, including her fighter who then wants out of his contract with her.
Charles S. Dutton directed and plays trainer Felix, Tony Shahloub is Jackie's main adversary and Tim Daly is a local TV reporter and her romantic interest. It is a great movie, but I think the ending is kind of abrupt, Luther wins the title fight everyone thought he wasn't ready for, then he and Jackie hug and make up...did he get out of his contract? Did she hook up with the reporter? Meanwhile, the real Jackie Callen was married with two sons when she started in the business and was from Detroit, not Cleveland. The screenwriter took quite a bit of poetic license. It is still a good movie though, a great mix of comedy and drama."
RIveting and inspirational
K. Corn | Indianapolis,, IN United States | 07/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Grab this DVD as quickly as you can. Here's why:
1. It tells the true story of a woman, Jackie Kallen, who broke into the male-dominated boxing world. Very inspirational and Meg Ryan's performance is strong and solid.
2. There's an interview with the real Jackie Kallen and a behind the scenes look at how and why the movie was made.
3. The movie is gripping to watch and Kallen isn't portrayed as a stereotype or saint but as a very real (and flawed) person. In short, this isn't a "fluffy" movie but one that tries to be relatively honest (by Hollywood standards).
Very riveting, great fight scenes, strong perfromances - what more is there to say?"
Loved this movie!
O. Brown | Twopeas, WA | 10/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
I really loved this movie. I read the other reviews (most of which were negative) and strongly disagree with them. I think Meg Ryan was wonderful, likewise Charles Dutton and the other actors. I am not a boxing fan. That doesn't matter. This movie is good entertainment. It is based on a true story of a female boxing manager who lets fame go to her head, makes some bad choices, and eventually...discovers what really matters. Men will love it (for the fight scenes, Meg Ryan, and the competition) and women will love it because it shows what women are capable of---anything---even in a man's world). Rent it or buy it---you won't be sorry. Great date movie.