Theatrical Release: April 24, 2009


Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.

As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.

Dove Review

This film just missed receiving our Dove Seal but unfortunately it is in three categories, in the sex, language and violence categories. These categories all hit a level three and anything above a two rating does not receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. There is some blood in the film, although not as gratuitous as some we have reviewed, but there is a lot of fighting since the film revolves around street fighting for money.

The premise of the film begins with Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) moving to New York with nothing but himself. He is broke. He sells counterfeit goods on the streets but when Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard, who always does a good job) comes into his life he soon winds up as a street fighter, fighting for more money than he has ever made. He soon realizes that getting into this seedy side of life is a lot easier than getting out of it. The film has some good moments but due to the aforementioned content issues, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.

Content Description

Sex: Implied sex between unmarried couple; hookers are shown in one scene; a transvestite is seen.
Language: S-17; A-12; D-3; H-2; G/OMG-2
Violence: Several fights in film including punching, kicking, etc.; man is shot in ear; a sleeper hold is put on a man; man thrown into glass window with two people becoming bloody; some blood from scrapes and fights; bloody cuts.
Drugs: Smoking in several scenes; talk of some people who once sold drugs; drinking; mention of somebody looking like a "crack head".
Nudity: Shirtless men; cleavage; painting of woman with partial rear nudity and side of breast revealed.
Other: Stealing; the topic of street fighting for money.


Company: Rogue Pictures
Writer: Robert Munic and Dito Montiel
Director: Dito Montiel
Producer: Kevin Misher
Genre: Action
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Zulay Henao
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter