Resurrecting the Champ

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +1/2

Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Alan Alda, Kathryn Morris, Terri Hatcher, Dakota Goyo. Written by Allison Burnett, Michael Bortman. Directed by Rod Lurie.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A struggling reporter finds a scoop a onetime boxing champ now homeless, living on the streets. His slight detective work and his trust in the mans retelling of his life leads to a disastrous outcome when the printed story in the LA Times is found to be false. Though it sullies his name and reputation, the humbling experience causes the reporter to reevaluate his character and the importance of truth in journalism and in personal relationships.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Fine performances from all (the best Ive seen from Mr. Hartnett) and a message concerning the importance of honesty and how one lie leads to another, highlight this well-constructed, entertaining film. Alas, our Lord and Saviors name is misused often, as the lead struggles to convey frustration and fear by shouting Christs name. I know I go on and on about the profane use of Gods name in movies, but its like nails on a chalkboard to me. Its not only irreverent, but though many people misuse it in real life, including most actors and writers, still its offensive and uncreative.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Yari Film Group

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Crude Language: I caught none.

Obscene Language: Around 15 obscenities, mostly the s-word several minor expletives (damns & hells).

Profanity: One profane use of Gods name and four of Christs.

Violence: Boxing matches are depicted, but not overly brutal. A group of young white thugs beat up the Samuel L. Jackson character; he finally must defend himself against the one thug; he hits the lead, but only in defense. Blood: A couple of scratches.

Sex: Though two women make passes at the lead, he is loyal to his wife.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some social drinking. The reporter buys beer for the homeless man.

Other: The lead lies to his son, but pays a price.

Running Time: 111 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Adults

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