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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from 7,873 votes
||Release: 2 August 2001 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Drama, Sport
||Director: Karyn Kusama,
||Stars: Dadi Pinero, Elisa Bocanegra, Graciella Ortiz, Herb Lovelle, Iris Little Thomas, J.P. Linton, Jaime Tirelli, Louis Guss, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Calderon, Ray Santiago, Santiago Douglas, Shannon Walker Williams, Thomas Barbour, Víctor Sierra
||Synopsis: At 18, Diana has a chip on her shoulder; she's close to expulsion from high school for fighting, her mother is dead, her dad is surly, the popular girls at school set her teeth on edge, she knows men can cause pain. When she picks up her younger brother at a Brooklyn gym where he boxes to please his father, she decides she wants to train. Hector, a coach, reluctantly agrees to teach her. It's soon clear to him that Diana has talent; he pushes her. She spends time with another young fighter, Adrian, who has a girlfriend, but Diana intrigues him and stirs real feelings he tries to articulate. She, too, must accommodate her toughness and ironic detachment to her feelings for him. Written by <[email protected]>
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Poverty is the great equalizer. Or at least one would think so. Imagine
that in addition to financial instability you are a young Latino woman,
no aspirations, opportunities or positive role models, who does poorly in
school, and has a powder keg temper. Welcome to Diana Guzman's life.
Whether it's because she refuses to talk about lipstick and boys or
she settles disagreements with her fists, Diana is an outcast. After her
fourth fight in as many months, the principal informs Diana that she's run
out of chances - one more fight and she's gone. She files the incident
under "Whatever", and curses about her detention as she heads to a squalid
little athletic club on an errand for her father.
When Diana walks into the gym, she is entranced by the combination of
sweat, testosterone, and men boxing. In keeping with the atmosphere, she
decks one of the boxers after he takes a cheap parting shot at her little
brother after a bout. Rather than chastising her, the men edge back,
affording her a measure of respect, the first she has ever experienced.
she likes it. Realizing that she has found her niche all she convince a
skeptical, chauvinistic trainer to take her on, get money to pay him, and
hide her passion from her abusive, dismissive, alcoholic father. Well, at
least it's no tougher than anything else she's had to do.
Anyone expecting a female "Rocky" will be disappointed - "Girlfight" is
about endorsements, glory or bone crushing slow motion boxing sequences -
boxing here serves as the background for the film, not the main
The film would more appropriately be described as - and I really hate this
phrase - a coming of age story. But Diana is a much more complex than the
typical lead in this genre - she struggles not only with the issues we
normally associate with adolescence - awkwardness, a desire to belong, and
racing hormones - but also with discrimination, blinding rage, and
expectations that are constantly forced upon her. As Diana's training
progresses, she grows both literally and as a person -she learns to
her anger, walk with confidence, discover who she is, smile and risk the
vulnerability of romance. The acting is superb.
From the initial appearance of her glowering image on screen, Michelle
Rodriguez is superb. Chosen from among several hundred actors at a cattle
call, Rodriguez, who had only previously worked as an extra, captures
Diana's hostile intensity and indifference perfectly and has a screen
presence that most actors would sell a couple of souls for. In addition
honing Diana's persona, Rodriguez underwent four and a half months of
gruelling training to develop the necessary boxing skills and physique to
match. The final product is one of the strongest performances I've seen
since Hillary Swank's Oscar winning role in "Boys Don't Cry". Rodriguez
bolstered by a strong cast: Jaime Tirelli, who plays her Doubting Thomas
trainer Hector, and Santiago Douglas, as Adrian, her sensitive partner in
love and in the ring.
Rather than opt for the clean Hollywood look, Girlfight feels like a
documentary both in the locations and filming. From the dingy little hole
in the wall gym plastered with mottoes written on cardboard ("Champions
made, not born") to the crumbling deadly projects where Diana lives,
everything has that unpolished grit that is difficult to fake. The
also chose a departure from the accepted standard of choreography in
films - instead of the whiplash-in-action slow motion sequences, the
sparring is shown from a first person perspective with the glove coming
straight at the viewer's face. I flinched more than once.
Take a date, or go alone. Either way you will agree that "Girlfight"
on many levels, and disappoints on none.
Tags for Girlfight Full Movie
, Elisa Bocanegra
, Graciella Ortiz
, Herb Lovelle
, Iris Little Thomas
, J.P. Linton
, Jaime Tirelli
, Louis Guss
, Michelle Rodriguez
, Paul Calderon
, Ray Santiago
, Santiago Douglas
, Shannon Walker Williams
, Thomas Barbour
, Víctor Sierra
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