What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mediocre action drama about illegal street fighting is (suprise!) quite violent, with lots of brawling and some blood. There's a simmering romantic-sexual subplot, too, but the movie spends a lot more time on characters punching each other than on kissing. Although the movie has an underlying "follow your dream and never quit" message, it's hard to reconcile that with the illegal, brutal world it takes place in. Expect some broad ethnic stereotypes, strong language (including "s--t"), drinking, and smoking.
  • Families can talk about the appeal of fighting as a sport. Is it the desire to see athletic excellence in action or something more primal?
  • Does this kind of violence have more or less impact than explosions and gun battles? Why?
  • Families can also talk about the conflicts Shawn faces, as well as the bond he forms with his handler/manager.
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