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Resurrecting the Champ

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Source: Catholic News Service

Compelling film, based on true events, about the evolving friendship between a young sportswriter (Josh Hartnett) and a homeless former boxing champ (Samuel L. Jackson) which forces the writer to take a fresh look at himself and to re-evaluate his basic relationships, including those with his wife (Kathryn Morris) and son (Dakota Goyo), and the troubling memory of his deceased father. Director Rod Lurie's deeply moving -- as well as moral -- film features morally complex characters who experience redemption, an excellent script, and outstanding performances, though the boxing sequences may prove disturbing to those with a low tolerance for the sport. Occasional vulgarity and profanity, boxing violence including one sequence with blood, skimpy costuming and suggestive movements, public urination and images of a disturbing body scar. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults (though it's probably acceptable for most older teens). The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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