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Rated PG-13 · 107 min. · 2010

The wrestling scenes are the best part of this drama produced by World Wrestling Entertainment; director Mel Damski generates excitement and even displays some visual ingenuity in the matches (in one sequence he manages to fit two bouts into a single shot). The story is less inspired, however: a bookish high school student comes to terms with his father’s death and reunites with his estranged brother while training to be a state champion. Like an all-American inversion of totalitarian cinema, the drama mainly yields a rote confirmation of national values--in this case family and believing in oneself--but the players still find some authentic grace notes in the material. Patricia Clarkson infuses her caricatured single-mother with a bruised 9-to-5 weariness, and pro-wrestler Jon Cena, as the brother, is surprisingly effective doing a blue-collar number (102 min.).
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Director: Mel Damski
Writer: John Posey
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover, John Cena, Madeleine Martin, Tyler Posey, Devon Graye, Amber Gaiennie, Kimberly Lynn Campbell, J.D. Evermore and John Posey


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