Real Steel

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly (I think I love her), Kevin Durand. Sports Action/drama/fantasy. Written by Dan Gilroy, Jeremy Leven, Les Bohem, John Gatins. Directed by Shawn Levy.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A down-and-out ex-boxer who has become a boxing-robot promoter is suddenly saddled with his 11-year-old son, whom he has never seen before. Turns out the boy knows as much about game-boy action as his dad when it comes to robots in the ring, and the two become partners while growing to care for one another. Itís kind of Paper Moon meets Transformers.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The premise seems silly. I mean who would go see a movie about robots beating up one another? Oh, I forgot about those three Transformer movies. Perhaps silly isnít the word Ė maybe adolescent. Yet, Real Steel contains the same power that most Rocky-ish films possess. The human dynamic makes up for the countless robots in the ring bouts. The cast is superb, especially young Dakota Goyo. You leave the theater feeling good, uplifted and energized. Not bad for a movie about boxing robots.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Seven or so obscenities and three or four minor expletives, a couple from the kid, who is never chastised for the language abuse.

Profanity: I caught no misuse of Godís name or Christís.

Violence: Thereís a great deal of Robot boxing and at one point in the story, the lead is beaten up by a men he owes money to; the boy is watching this. A little blood after the fight scene.

Sex: The lead comes to the bed of the woman he loves, but he just lies with her, both are fully clothed.

Nudity: No nudity, but we do see some revealing clothing on the women attending the boxing matches Ė hubba-hubba.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None


Other: None

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: !2 and up

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