Southpaw Sunday, 29 March 2020

Southpaw

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Hope gets belted.

  • Starring:

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence, Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Skylan Brooks, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz, Beau Knapp, Miguel Gomez

  • Directed by:

    Antoine Fuqua

  • Running time:

    124 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide attempt (driver crashes into tree). People get shot, punched, wrestled, slapped, elbowed, kicked, throat-grabbed, held at gunpoint, headbutted, restrained. Objects knocked over/smashed/punched, broken glass. Boxing sparring/training. Dead youth (shot by father), domestic violence mentioned. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody cuts, eyes, mouth, clothing, hands, objects. Bloodshot/swollen eyes, bleeding, bruising. Patient in hospital bed, nasal breathing tube, bandages. Broken nose, shattered cheekbone mentioned. Hypodermic needle seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple has implied sex. Kissing, finger-sucking, undressing. Nude male (no genitals seen), woman in underwear, shirtless men, skimpy clothing, swimwear, cleavage, pumped/sweaty abs.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Prescription pills seen (none consumed). Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails). Smoking. Roulette tables seen. Getting a hit, driving under the influence, no drinks, no drugs, Advil, sobriety mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, n-word, a-words, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Obscene finger gestures. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Boxing, family, child custody, orphans, father-daughter relationships, fundraising, charity, grief, debt, repossession, suicide, contracts, child services, anger management, responsibility, defense, redemption, title fights, self-determination.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead wife/mother. Incarceration, foster care mentioned. Funeral, cemetery, bar, courtroom settings. Bright camera flashes. Spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Entertaining, compelling, gritty. Vulnerable/rough/ferocious/charismatic/riveting/spellbinding/standout performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, rough-edged/stripped-down tone, edgy cast, good chemistry/rapport among leads, well-crafted/taut/suspenseful boxing scenes, wrenching death scene, gutsy direction, dynamic lensing, competent screenplay.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Familiar, predictable, bland, clichéd, unsurprising, heavy-handed, melodramatic, unsubtle. Soapy narrative, creaky plotting, oversells the stakes, Forest Whitaker and Naomie Harris are underused, some incoherent dialogue.

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