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Gregory Kirschling
March 19, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Never Back Down

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/14/08
performer
Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou
director
Jeff Wadlow
author
Chris Hauty
genre
Drama, ActionAdventure

We gave it a D

For a movie called Never Back Down, its high school hero Jake (Sean Faris) sure backs down a lot. Challenged to a mixed martial-arts match by a bully at a pool party, Jake doesn’t want to brawl. Then he does. After he gets beaten down, he trains with a local Mr. Miyagi (Djimon Hounsou) for the rematch. Which he doesn’t wanna fight in. Until he finally does. Movie is dopey. And with its emphasis on stupid violence, xylophone abs, and getting yourself on YouTube, it’s yet another product that makes you feel bad about today’s youth culture. D

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