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Girlfight / Girl Fight

  Girlfight / Girl Fight Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
6.60 /10
Diana: Michelle Rodriguez , Hector: Jaime Tirelli, Tiny: Ray Santiago
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Directed by: Karyn Kusama
Written by: Karyn Kusama

Released: 2000
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 122

Newcomer Michelle Rodriguez first glowers and then glows as a tough Hispanic teenager from Brooklyn, who wants to become a boxer. But career comes into conflict with personal life. She fancies a young male boxer of her own weight, and becomes aware that fighting him in the ring may injure his self-esteem and destroy their burgeoning relationship.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Unfortunately, the male love object (Santiago Douglas) struck me as distinctly dull, and it is hard to believe that even our muscular heroine would really have much chance in the ring against a man with so obviously superior a reach.

First-timer Karyn Kusama writes dialogue that is flat and cliched, and her direction doesn't go beyond the conventionally realistic. Claims that this is a female Raging Bull are over- optimistic; Girlfight is essentially a feminist fairytale, aimed at unsceptical members of the sisterhood. But I think we'll be seeing Ms Rodriguez again.

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