This biographical drama was written by the real-life Antwone Fisher. Played by newcomer Derek Luke, the film’s Antwone is an angry young Navy man with a haunting past. His short fuse and proclivity to fight land him in the office of Navy psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington in his directorial debut) who will determine if the sailor is fit to stay in the Navy. The stubborn Fisher resists therapy but gradually softens and reveals his past, which includes abandonment by his mother, the death of his father, child abuse and molestation, and the violent death of his closest friend. Fisher, accompanied by his girlfriend Cheryl (Joy Bryant), returns home to deal with his painful past and consider a dramatic life change.