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(2011) (Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton) (PG-13)

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Mild
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Heavy

Drama: Two estranged brothers enter a mixed martial arts competition for different reasons and face the prospect of battling each other and dealing with their estranged father.
Tommy Reardon (TOM HARDY) and Brendan Conlon (JOEL EDGERTON) are siblings who haven't seen each other in a very long time due to a family split many years ago. And that all stemmed from their father, Paddy (NICK NOLTE), being an alcoholic to the point that Tommy left with his mother, while Brendan stayed behind with his dad but also to be with his girlfriend, Tess (JENNIFER MORRISON).

Now, Tommy has returned home to Pittsburg after going AWOL from the Marines, and he wants Paddy to coach him to compete in a mixed martial arts competition where the top prize features a huge payday. Paddy is excited by this as he wants to make amends for his past misdeeds, but Tommy only wants him for his coaching abilities and nothing more.

Brendan, meanwhile, now lives in Philly as a married family man and high school physics teacher. Since the latter doesn't pay enough to cover his young daughter's past medical expenses, and facing foreclosure on his house, Brendan has returned to his former sport of mixed martial arts fighting to try to make a few bucks in unsanctioned fights. His resultant facial bruises, however, don't sit well with the school superintendent, thus forcing Principal Joe Zito (KEVIN DUNN) to suspend him without pay.

Desperate for money, he decides to enter the MMA championship bout as well, even if that means fighting much younger men such as the highly feared Koba (KURT ANGLE). As the brothers train for the big event, they end up on a collision course that could either bring them together or possibly damage their fragile relationship even more.

If they're into mixed martial arts, boxing-style dramas, sports flicks and/or are fans of anyone in the cast, they probably will.
For sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material.

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