THE BOXER is supposed to be a contemporary love story. However, it is a weak drama about the Irish Republican Army and a boxer. When Danny Flynn (Daniel Day Lewis) is released from his 14-year stay in prison, he finds Ireland encompassed in hatred and barriers. However, he tries to stay and rekindle his boxing career along with a romance with his former love, Maggie (Emily Watson) who has a husband in prison and a teenage son. Danny is constantly threatened by the Irish Republican Army because they see him as mockery to the Catholics. And when Danny re-opens the Holy Family Boxing Club where Protestants as well as Catholics are welcomed, chaos reigns as the city erupts in violence and riots. It then becomes a struggle of undue proportions for Danny and Maggie as they try to find peace and love amid the reckless violence surrounding them. Don't expect a heartwarming love story. Chances are that this bleak, dreary and long film will bomb at the box office even if it wins an Oscar nomination. With bombs exploding, riots, beatings and children being trampled to death, caught on fire and consumed with the hatred of their fathers, it isn't hard to see why THE BOXER should be knocked right out of theaters.
The constant flow of profanity and obscenities is tiresome. Even children use the f-word and it is implied that they are using drugs. Although Maggie and Danny only hug and kiss, she is a married woman. However, because she no longer loves her husband, divorce is considered to be the most sensible out for her. Her son, Liam, overhears her talking to Danny and becomes so angry that he burns down the boxing gymnasium and accidentally catches his friend on fire. Because of the excessive foul language and gratuitous violence, THE BOXER cannot be recommended.
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Many (10) mild 7, moderate 3
Many (50) times ---(f-word 40, s-word 8, other 2
Many times (16) Regular 9 (J-C 4, G-sakes 2, J 3); Exclamatory 7
Many times - Moderate to Severe (man beaten with bats, kids throw fire bombs, child catches on fire, man threatens to shoot kid's knee caps off, bombs explode and man dies in his car, innocent bystanders killed by bombs, child and man trampled to death, people hit on head with bottles, man shot in head on screen and one shot off screen, riots, slaps, fist fights, buildings set on fire)
Near nudity few times (low cut blouse, brief bathing suit)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog:
Teenager puts hand down back of girl's pants
Many times (drinking and smoking, references to children using drugs).
Men shown at urinals; married woman falls in love with another man; trainer an alcoholic
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