• R
  • 1h 51m
  • 2000
Certified Fresh87%
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Co-winner of the Grand Jury Prize for the Best Dramatic Film at this year's Sundance Film Festival as well as the winner for Best Direction, Girlfight heralds in a new femininity for the new century. It marks the breathtaking debut of an incendiary new filmmaker (Karyn Kusama) and a ferocious new star (Michelle Rodriguez). Drenched in sweat, emotion and attitude, Girlfight is the riveting portrait of Diana, a fierce young woman who takes up boxing as a means to reconcile with her past and embrace life on her own terms.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh87%
Critics Consensus: Michelle Rodriguez gives a compelling performance, despite lack of a boxing background; Karyn Kusama packs a punch with this directorial debut.
Associated Press
Matt Wolf

For all the violence on view, Kusama's script insists on a real, wholly unsentimental tenderness.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Kusama's direction is imaginative, her attention to detail makes for credibility and clarity with...

June 21, 2017
Houston Chronicle
Louis B. Parks

It's obvious Kusama knew what she wanted and was in control, because all the key roles and scenes...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Thought-provoking boxing drama has lots of profanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Girlfight is about a troubled teen finding a direction to take in life and is a fairly quiet, thoughtful film. There's a lot of strong language, especially "f--k" and "s--t," but kids who can handle the language will be rewarded with a lot of food for thought from this character study that doesn't wrap everything in a bow at the end. Diana, who's 18, isn't perfect but will inspire kids to keep practicing and work hard to achieve their goals. Outside the boxing ring there are a couple of fight scenes, but none shows blood or gore. Diana and Adrian kiss a few times and lie in bed together with clothes on. Adults are frequently seen with bottles of beer, but none of the teen characters drinks.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 29, 2000
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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