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Running Time:
111 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for crude language, violence, brief sensuality and some drug material

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An overly familiar combination of corny boxing cliches and feminist empowerment dreams.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Two featurettes: "A Ringside Seat," "Queen of the Ring: Jackie Kallen Then & Now"; Theatrical trailer; Full-screen version; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; English subtitles

Against The Ropes
This fictional story was inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen, who was both a mother and an experienced sports journalist when she became a boxing manager. Here Jackie Kallen (Meg Ryan) is a downtrodden spinster secretary, although born into a boxing family, so she knows a winning fighter when she spots one. As soon as she sees Luther Shaw (Omar Epps) in a fight, Jackie knows he could become a middleweight champion, even though he's a little rough around the edges and needs some training. She's determined to help him box his way out of the ghetto, so she decides to become a fight manager and she convinces veteran trainer Felix Reynolds (Charles S. Dutton - who also directed the film), to come out of retirement and help develop the fighter into a champion in the brutal world of boxing. Tony Shahloub ("Monk") is excellent as the slimey, chauvenist boxing promoter determined to see Kallen fail. But the whole project seems to be a rehash of those old 1930's boxing dramas that starred Wayne Morris or Jimmy Cagney cheered on by Priscilla Lane. But it's not that good.

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