Newcomer Rodriguez puts the ”pow” in girl power with her rough-edged portrayal of a ghetto teen who finds salvation through boxing. Her scowl, both menacing and hunted, gives heat to the film’s too-pat elements (the disapproving dad, the wise trainer, the big victory tinged with regret), elevating a sports melodrama into something that packs more punch. A-
Genre: Drama; Starring: Santiago Douglas, Michelle Rodriguez; Director: Karyn Kusama; Author: Karyn Kusama; Runtime (in minutes): 110; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Screen Gems Inc.
Posted March 30 2001 — 12:00 AM EST
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