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Rated R · 93 minutes · 2006

Drama, Suspense/Thriller
The directorial debut from Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels clearly tries to follow that movie's formula for success. Oscar-caliber actors? Check. Interracial sex? Plenty. A violent demise or two, all in the service of character development? Oh yes. But while you can draw a crowd with naked Halle Berry getting it on with Billy Bob, it just isn't quite the same to see naked Helen Mirren getting ravished by Cuba Gooding Jr. If reducing the movie to its sex scenes sounds unduly crass, it's only because the rest of the movie is rather silly -- profoundly stupid when it aspires to be profound. Gooding and Mirren play a bizarrely oedipal pair of professional killers who do one last job that goes wrong: Refusing to kill a pregnant woman (Vanessa Ferlito), they take her on the run with them instead, away from nasty criminal Stephen Dorff. That Dorff is the best thing about the whole movie tells you pretty much all you need to know.
Official Site: www.shadowboxerthefilm.com
Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Will Rokos
Producer: Will Rokos, Brook Lenfest, Lisa Cortes and Dave Robinson
Cast: Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding Jr., Wes Bentley, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Quanz, Vanessa Ferlito and Monique 'Mo'Nique' Imes

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