Antwone Fisher
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

Based on a true story, this biographical drama was written by the real-life Antwone Fisher. Played by newcomer Derek Luke, the films Antwone Fisher is an angry, young Navy man with a haunting past. His short fuse and proclivity to fight land him in the office of Navy psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington in his directorial debut) who will determine if the sailor is fit to stay in the Navy. The stubborn Fisher resists therapy but gradually softens when he determines that Davenport is not the enemy. Fisher develops a dependence on the psychiatrist, being reduced to tears when he is told the visits must end. Dr. Davenport gradually draws out Fishers past, which includes abandonment by his mother who gave birth to him in prison, the death of his father, child abuse and molestation, and the violent death of his closest friend. Fisher, accompanied by his girlfriend Cheryl (Joy Bryant), returns home to deal with his painful past and consider a dramatic life change.

The source of Fishers violent behavior is revealed through a series of flashbacks the young Fisher being beaten, whipped with a towel, tied up in the basement, and scared by the threat of a flaming torch. There is also implied child molestation by an adult female who kisses the young boy, later seen running from the house with his pants undone. One of the flashbacks shows Fishers childhood friend being shot point-blank in the head. There are a couple of fight scenes, and in one bar scene are numerous scantily clad women. Antwone Fisher is an inspiring and touching story of a young man overcoming a bad childhood and maturing as an adult. The themes of reconciliation, hope and overcoming ones past are prominent in the film, but the foul language and violent scenes involving children earn it a negative acceptability.

Preview Reviewer: Bob Russer
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Crude Language: Many (14) times Mild 10, moderate 4
Obscene Language: Many (11) times F-word 3, S-word 4, other 4
Profanity: Many (4) times Exclamatory (OMG, Lord J, MG, J)
Violence: Several times Mild and severe (sailors fight, man punched, men fight and wrestle, child slapped, child whipped with towel, child scared with fire, children tied up in basement, sailor screams and yells in waiting room)
Sexual Intercourse: One time Implied (couple in motel room)
Nudity: Few times (women in low-cut outfits in a bar, sailors in shower shown from above the waist)
Homosexual Conduct: None, but man is accused of being homosexual by friend (results in fight).
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few (man questioned about doing it with women, man talks about losing his virginity, flashback scene shows implied child molestation between young boy and older woman, man and woman share a motel room)
Drug Abuse: Few times Alcohol/beer drinking, cigarettes in bar scene
Other: Young boys pretend to get filled with Holy Spirit in church service to please foster mother, mean foster mother seen as hypocritical church goer, message that one can overcome obstacles in their past.
Running Time: 117 minutes.
Intended Audience: Adults

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