Girlfight 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… Girlfight 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…
Video Review

GIRLFIGHT

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Santiago Douglas and Michelle Rodriguez; Distributor: Screen Gems Inc.

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-

Originally posted Mar 30, 2001 Published in issue #589 Mar 30, 2001 Order article reprints