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Girlfight | 2000 | R | - 3.5.8

A high school girl (Michelle Rodriguez) living with her troubled family in the projects uses her rage and frustration to fuel her emerging career in the boxing ring. Also with Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Santiago Douglas, Ray Santiago, Elisa Bocanegra, Shannon Walker Williams, Iris Little Thomas, John Sayles and Thomas Barbour. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Several instances of sexual innuendo (including a somewhat graphic reference to fellatio) and several kisses (a couple of which are passionate). A boy pushes a girl backwards onto a bed and lies on top of her; they kiss passionately a bit, he kisses her stomach briefly, then they hold each other and presumably fall asleep (his bare chest is visible). We see some bare-chested male boxers.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Many boxing matches (most are training sessions, shown briefly, but a few are extended "real" matches). During the matches we see several shoves and lots of punches, mostly to the face and stomach (a girl is also hit "below the belt" twice); some of the punches are very powerful and we see a couple of people knocked down, but we rarely see any wounds or cuts as a result (twice we see a girl with a black eye, and twice we briefly see a small, slightly bloody scratch on a boxer's back). In one scene, a boxer punches another unsuspecting boxer in the nose after the end of the round; also, a person punches another outside of the ring. A girl throws another into a locker, pushes her to the floor, and punches and kicks her repeatedly until a teacher pulls them apart. A girl half-seriously smacks the back of a boy's neck; also, during a training practice a man lightly but quickly punches a girl repeatedly, pushing her into the ropes. A girl and man argue and yell a couple of times; in one scene she purposely throws a plate to the ground, in another scene she pushes him, and in another scene she pushes him to the ground, kicks him repeatedly, and grabs his neck, shaking it repeatedly. A reference to spousal abuse and to suicide.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 25 F-words, several anatomical references, lots of scatological references, some mild obscenities, a religious obscenity, and some insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Boxing, gender roles (and expectations), stereotypes, dysfunctional families, falling in love, project housing, anger, competition, finding one's niche, abuse.

MESSAGE - Don't let others' expectations prevent you from fulfilling your own goals and ambitions.

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