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Genres Drama Biography
Running Time 116 min
MPAA rating R
Release Date Dec 10, 2010
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The Fighter

For Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), boxing is a family affair. His tough-as-nails mother is his manager. His half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale), once a promising boxer himself, is his very unreliable trainer. Despite Micky's hard work, he is losing and, when the latest fight nearly kills him, he follows his girlfriend's advice and splits from the family. Then Micky becomes a contender for the world title and he -- and his family -- earns a shot at redemption.

Mark Wahlberg Micky Ward
Christian Bale Dicky Eklund
Amy Adams Charlene Fleming
Melissa Leo Alice Ward
Jack McGee George Ward
Mickey O'Keefe Himself
Melissa McMeekin "Little Alice" Eklund
Bianca Hunter Cathy "Pork" Eklund
Erica McDermott Cindy "Tar" Eklund
Jill Quigg Donna Eklund Jaynes

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12/17/10 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - John DeFore

In "The Fighter," director David O. Russell forgets all about the postmodern kookiness of his last feature, "I Heart Huckabees," and plants his feet in a working-class Massachusetts town that has little patience for abstract theories and the college types who embrace them. Here, even studying for an associate degree can get you branded a phony.

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Dec 27, 2010 - sambrannon on The Fighter
What is the "Fighter" fighting?

An incredible fighting film if there ever was one. The "fighting" is multi-layered. If it isn't Micky losing fights with other boxers it is him losing fights to surface as a whole individual within his dysfunctional family. There is the fight between his brother Dicky and Micky over who is going to be the "hope center" of attention in the family. But don't forget the fight between the girlfriend, the mother and worthless sisters for who will run Micky's life for him or influence it in a positive way. Everyone is fighting everyone but no one is ever sure what they are fighting for except for their own delusional self-interests. Eventually everyone hits bottom and everyone self-asserts to make Micky the center of attention so he can win the big title fight for himself.

I would call the story trite except that it is too true to life for anyone who grew up in an alcoholic/drug addict family with a mom "managing" the whole thing as she tries to keep it all afloat. The problem with Micky's mom is that she never knows what she is trying to keep afloat; but we see it, she is trying to keep the false narrative alive that Dicky is going to make a come-back and all will be like it was when she was happy and the family wasn't in Dicky's crack addicted ruins.

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