- Actors: Michelle Rodriguez, Santiago Douglas, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Ray Santiago
- Directors: Karyn Kusama
- Writers: Karyn Kusama
- Producers: Caroline Kaplan, Craig H. Shepherd, John Sayles, Jonathan Sehring, Maggie Renzi
- Format: Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: French, English
- Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
- Dubbed: French
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: March 27 2001
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00003CXNY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,632 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Grand Prix des festivals de Sundance et de Deauville en plus davoir été sélectionné par la Quinzaine des réalisateurs à Cannes, Girlfight, écrit et réalisé par Karyn Kusama, est un premier pas plus quencourageant dans le monde du cinéma pour cette jeune réalisatrice.
Diana, jeune femme dorigine latino-américaine qui éprouve des difficultés scolaires, vit avec son père et son frère à Brooklyn. Afin dextérioriser son agressivité et déchapper à sa situation précaire, elle se lance dans la boxe. Ce nest quà force de détermination et de courage quelle finira par se faire respecter dans ce milieu masculin et éminemment macho.
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No such problems with "GirlFight". This is a much smaller film about boxing where, as much as "Rocky" came from a less than desirable background, he doesn't have as many problems as Diana, the lead character has. While Rocky won the lottery to fight Apollo Creed, which makes him the Willie Wonka of boxing, Diana is never going to get such a break.
One of the magical things about the film is that Diana recognizes she has the small problem of getting into fights in high school. After her fourth scuffle in a semester, and the threat of expulsion, she's smart enough to realize that she needs an outlet, which she finds at the local gym that her brother is involved in. The brother is forced to take boxing lessons from her father, who wouldn't dream of letting a girl into the sport. That Diana steals and connives her way into the gym doesn't make her an outstanding person, but it is a gritty portrayal of a person's determination to try and accomplish something.
I live in Las Vegas, and have seen that there are growing opportunities in the world of female boxing. But that path was not so clear three or four years ago, when the movie was written. So I'll go with the plot situations that need her to fight males, or not fight at all. But while most movies would have some plot gimmick to occur in the ring, this movie just has her slugging it out. It pulls no punches (pun intended) to show that she has to fight for everything tooth and nail in the ring as much as she has to in life.
My daughter is in gymnastics, a sport in image as far away from boxing as it gets. But, although the movie has a lot of rough language, I've shown it to her as inspiration to see how obstacles in life have to be overcome as well as those in just the sport. I think she's learned to appreciate things a little more after the viewing (in my book).
First time writer/director Karyn Kusama has done a terrific job of creating a realistic setting for her story, presenting an honest portrait of life in the projects and conveying that desperation so familiar to so many young people who find themselves in dead-end situations and on that road that leads to nowhere. And there's no candy coating on it, either; as Hector tells Diana when she asks him how he came to be where he is, "I was a fighter once. I lost." Then, looking around the busy gym, "Like most of these guys, they're going to lose, too. But it's all they know--" And it's that honesty of attitude, as well as the way in which the characters are portrayed, that makes this movie as good as it is. It's a bleak world, underscored by the dimly lit, run-down gym-- you can fairly smell the sweat of the boxers-- and that sense of desolation that hangs over it all like a pall, blanketing these people who are grasping and hanging on to the one and only thing they have, all that they know.
Making her screen debut, Michelle Rodriguez is perfectly cast as Diana, infusing her with a depth and brooding intensity that fairly radiates off of her in waves. She is so real that it makes you wonder how much of it is really Rodriguez; exactly where does the actor leave off and the character begin? Whatever it is, it works. It's a powerful, memorable performance, by an actor from whom we will await another endeavor with great anticipation. She certainly makes Diana a positive role model, one in whom many hopefully will find inspiration and the realization that there are alternative paths available in life, at least to those who would seek them out.
As positive as this film is, however, it ends on something of an ambiguous note; though Diana obviously has her feet on the ground, there's no indication of where she's headed. Is this a short term fix for her, or is she destined to become the female counterpart of Hector? After all, realistically (and in light of the fact that the realism is one of the strengths of this film), professional boxing isn't exactly a profession that lends itself to, nor opens it's arms to women. And in keeping with the subject matter of the film, and the approach of the filmmaker, an affirmation of the results of Diana's assertiveness would have been appropriate.
The supporting cast includes Santiago Douglas (Adrian), Elisa Bocanegra (Marisol), Alicia Ashley (Ricki) and Thomas Barbour (Ira). Though it delivers a very real picture of life to which many will be able to identify, there are certain aspects of "Girlfight," that stretch credibility a bit, regarding some of what happens in the ring. That aside, it's a positive film that for the most part is a satisfying experience.
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