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(2000) (Jimmy Smits, Jon Seda) (PG-13)

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    Drama: A proud and determined father tries pushing his three boxing sons to success in the sport.
    Arturo Ortega (JIMMY SMITS) is a proud, Arizona family man who wishes for his three young sons to succeed in boxing, a sport in which his earlier attempts at success failed due to mismanagement. As such, Arturo acts somewhat like a dictator while training them, something that worries his loving wife, Rita (MARIA DEL MAR).

    Even so, the boys become proficient and after many years of training, have become competitors in their own right. There's Sonny (JON SEDA), the oldest and apparently most likely to succeed although he's interested in getting married and starting a family; Jimmy (CLIFTON COLLINS JR), the middle son whose lack of discipline and rebellious nature constantly frustrate Arturo; and finally Johnny (ERNESTO HERNANDEZ), the youngest son who seemingly has what it takes to be a champion despite his young age.

    It's the latter who draws the attention of local, big time boxing promoter Nick Everson (RON PERLMAN) and his assistant, Pepe (PAUL RODRIGUEZ). Everson can smell Johnny and Sonny's potential, but Arturo refuses to allow anyone else to manage them. Even so, as the young men progress in the sport, yearn to break free from their father's control over their lives and careers, and ultimately succumb to unhealthy sibling rivalry, tensions begin to mount.

    Simultaneously hoping for his sons to succeed while also vicariously living through their potential success, Arturo does what he can to keep his family together as the lure of big paydays and the effects of familial strife threaten to destroy everything he's worked so hard for.

    Unless they're fans of someone in the cast or of boxing-related movies, it's not very likely.
    For violence, language and brief drug content.
  • JIMMY SMITS plays a loving, but demanding father whose efforts to push his sons to the brink of success nearly destroy his family. He occasionally gets rough with his sons and also uses some strong profanity.
  • JON SEDA plays his oldest son who begins to tire of his father's behavior, decides to get married and occasionally uses some profanity.
  • CLIFTON COLLINS JR. plays the middle son, a rebellious young man who hates the way his father treated him and his brothers over the years and appears to be a possible drug user.
  • ERNESTO HERNANDEZ plays the youngest son who has the most talent and continued dedication to his father. He briefly uses some profanity.
  • MARIA DEL MAR plays the boys' mother who's concerned about their upbringing, well-being and the way their father treats them.
  • RON PERLMAN plays a somewhat sleazy boxing promoter who repeatedly tries to get the young boxers to leave their father and sign with him.
  • PAUL RODRIGUEZ plays his pushy assistant, a man who cusses some and hires a guy to rough up one of the young men after he's disrespectful to Pepe and his intentions.


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).

    The following is a brief look at the content found in this PG-13 rated boxing drama. Profanity is rated as heavy due to 1 use of the "f" word, while other profanities and colorful phrases are also uttered. Plenty of boxing-related violence is present with the usual bloody results, while a skirmish involving a gun that's been used to threaten someone ends with a person being shot and killed (with some bloody results).

    That scene and others create some tense family moments, while several characters display bad attitudes. Some characters drink and smoke, while it appears that one of the young men has just done drugs before we see him looking rather dazed in one scene.

    Beyond that, the possibility of some rap songs on the soundtrack containing objectionable lyrics (that couldn't be understood) and some scantily clad "ring girls" (who carry the boxing round signs in the ring between rounds), the rest of the film is mostly void of any other major objectionable content. Nonetheless, should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness, we suggest that you take a closer look at our more detailed content listings.

  • In a boxing flashback, some people at a match drink beer.
  • Nick has what looks like a drink.
  • Some guys in a bar have drinks.
  • The Ortegas and Sonny's girlfriend's family have wine with dinner.
  • The family rushes over to the gym to find Jimmy drunk and/or high. We see several beer bottles around him and Arturo picks up a picture frame that may have had drugs on the glass (it's only briefly seen). Arturo then asks his son why he had to do "this" here, and a somewhat dazed Jimmy replies, "Because it takes me far away."
  • Some people have drinks in a bar.
  • Sonny has a beer while watching Jimmy fight.
  • Arturo drinks a beer with dinner and then has an after dinner drink.
  • In a boxing flashback, we see some blood on Arturo's face.
  • We see another boxing match where Jimmy's nose and mouth are a bit bloody.
  • Jimmy is bloody during a boxing match and is the same way during another match.
  • The front of a man's clothing is very bloody after he's been shot.
  • A boxer's face is a somewhat bloody during a match (he has a cut near his eye).
  • Some may see Arturo's pushing of his kids to succeed - especially when they're young - and then getting mad at them when they don't or don't follow his explicit directions and/or training, as having some of both types of attitudes.
  • That would especially hold true if viewers believe he's trying to finally achieve success vicariously through his sons (the jury is out on that since he also comes off as wanting them to have a better life than him).
  • In one such scene, Arturo yells at the kids and even picks up young Jimmy and slams him back against a locker. Jimmy later develops a rebellious attitude toward his father, but eventually changes his ways.
  • After one of Sonny's future in-laws mentions helping Sonny with his finances, Arturo gets mad and eventually causes the future in-laws to leave, angry over what Arturo has said and implied to them.
  • Pepe hires someone to intimidate and/or wound one of the brothers, but that hired man ends up shooting and killing his victim.
  • At a press conference, a boxing opponent announces that he would have beaten up the brother's dead sibling if he were alive. Later, during a match, he takes some cheap shots and head butts one of the brothers.
  • A man holds a gun on another man. A third man then enters, causing the first man to alternate who he aims his gun at. As the first man then moves closer to the third with the gun, the second rushes him. There's a struggle, a gunshot, and we then see that the second man has been shot and his chest is bloody. We later learn that he dies from this wound.
  • Handgun: Used to threaten and then fatally wound another man.
  • Phrases: "Sh*t out of luck," "Screw that," "Crappy," "What the hell," "Kick your ass," "Pissed," "Screwed" (nonsexual), "Screw you up," "Kicked ass," "Nagas" (spelling? Presumably for "testicles" and said many times), "Fruit" (not the edible kind), "What the hell are you doing?" "Screwing up" and "Screw over."
  • The film could inspire kids to want to take up boxing (or just punch others as if boxing).
  • Johnny sports something of a Mohawk haircut (shaved on the sides, but a full stripe on the top leading back to a ponytail).
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  • A mild amount of suspenseful/ominous music plays in one scene.
  • The movie's soundtrack does contain several rap songs, although the lyrics of most of them could not be understood (thus opening the possibility of some objectionable material being present).
  • At least 1 "f" word (with another bleeped out in a TV broadcast), 7 "s" words (with another similarly bleeped out), 12 asses, 7 hells, 5 damns, 5 S.O.B.s, 2 craps, 3 uses of "G-damn," 2 each of "Jesus Christ" and "Jesus" and 1 use of "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • After talking about their kids, Arturo tells Rita, "I'll show you some fire" and the two briefly, but passionately kiss.
  • Some "ring girls" (the women carrying the round numbers on cards above their heads) wear skimpy, one-piece bathing suit-like outfits.
  • Nick smokes cigars in a few scenes.
  • Arturo's kids are occasionally afraid of and/or mad at him when he yells at them for not following his directions/training.
  • Latter, Jimmy admits that he feels like he's the least favorite son and thinks that Arturo wants him to stop boxing so that Arturo can focus his energies on Sonny and Johnny. Later, he states that Arturo's treatment of him as a kid made him think that his dad was mad at them.
  • Sonny and Arturo get into a fight (non-physical).
  • A family grieves over the murder of one of their sons. We then see them at the funeral.
  • Boxing as a sport.
  • Parents who push their children into sports (or other activities) without realizing what they're really doing to their kids (and despite their best intentions).
  • Whether Arturo was pushing his kids for their own good, his attempt to achieve glory through their success, or a combination of both.
  • Whether you view boxing as a sport or as violence will determine how you view the following.
  • In a boxing flashback, Arturo and his opponent exchange many punches, the latter pummeling the former.
  • Mad at his oldest sons for not following his explicit directions/training, Arturo picks up young Jimmy and slams him back against a locker.
  • In another boxing match, Johnny pummels his opponent.
  • We see another boxing match where Jimmy's nose and mouth are a bit bloody.
  • Jimmy is pummeled and is bloody during another boxing match.
  • While mad, Arturo throws a stool into a wall and violently sweeps items off a counter.
  • Arturo smashes some trophies while mad at Sonny.
  • Mad at Pepe for trying to manipulate him, Johnny punches him several times in the gut, each time doubling him over or sending him to the floor. During one such moment, Johnny then kneels down on Pepe and forces paper money into his mouth.
  • Jimmy is pummeled in a fight.
  • A man holds a gun on another man. A third man then enters, causing the first man to alternate who he aims his gun at. As the first man then moves closer to the third with the gun, the second rushes him. There's a struggle, a gunshot, and we then see that the second man has been shot and his chest is bloody. We later learn that he dies from this wound.
  • Arturo overturns a table in anger.
  • Another boxing match contains scenes where the two boxers punch each other (with one also head-butting the other).

  • Reviewed March 16, 2000 / Posted March 31, 2000

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