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Girlfight (2000)

Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon, more...
Director: Karyn Kusama
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Independent, Sports Drama, Coming of Age , Sports, Sports Drama
Running Time: 111 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Karyn Kusama makes her debut with this sensitive, subtly told coming-of-age story about boxing and love. Diana (Michelle Rodriguez) is a tough though painfully honest girl living in Brooklyn. Surly, frustrated, and directionless, Diana seems to have a ticket on the express train to expulsion; she repeatedly finds herself in detention and schoolyard fights. At home, her weak though abusive single father Sandro (Paul Calderon) clearly favorites her bookish brother Tiny (Ray Santiago) over her. While running an errand for her father, Diana finds herself in one of New York's more renowned boxing gyms, and she instantly connects to the same. Though traditionally a thoroughly male pastime in Latino culture, Diana perseveres and gains self-worth thanks to the help of gruff Panamanian trainer Hector (Jaime Tirelli). Soon Hector assumes the role of Diana's father from her deadbeat biological progenitor. As Diana gains physical strength and agility in the ring, she finds herself drawn to the dashing boxer Adrian (Santiago Douglas), who is supposedly involved with someone else. Slowly though, the two give into their mutual attraction and fall completely in love. Fate intervenes when the two lovers are scheduled to fight one another in the ring, forcing each to choose boxing or love. Executive-produced by none other than John Sayles, this film received rave reviews at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Two Great Performances by ruzich September 17, 2003 - 3:39 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Michelle Rodriguez and Paul Calderon take what might otherwise be a cliched movie and imbue it with an intensity that elevates this movie above the norm.

Far from being trash, Girlfight is a worthwhile rental. Ignore the junk she's been in since ('Fast & the Furious,' 'Resident Evil,' 'Blue Crush') and take a look at Rodriguez in a tough-chick role that she inhabits fully.

don't be fooled: this is garbage by ninjaweapon September 16, 2003 - 8:08 PM PDT
1 out of 8 members found this review helpful
don't let the praise of the indie press convince you to see this trash. it is the most cliched movie i have seen in a long, long time. horrible writing. couple nicely shot scenes with rodriguez, but her acting is generally uninspired and paper thin.

this is terrible because the subject matter is interesting and important. too bad the movie is atrocious.

Yeah, Yeah, OK by ADarling August 20, 2003 - 2:00 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
The story seemed like the usual thing, and it basically was. There is more to the film though. It's not your average feminist fare, which is refreshing, and Kusama as well as Rodriguez do a fine job.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.57)
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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2000
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
Lady Athletes
or L'Athletes... if you will. Missing from the catalogue: Wildcats and Heart of the Game.

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