Against the Ropes
Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Tony Shalhoub, Timothy Daly
Directed by Charles Dutton
It's not hard to understand why Meg Ryan would be attracted to the true story of ballsy boxing manager Jackie Kallen: a chance to dress and talk Erin Brockovich-trashy and maybe snag Oscar attention. But the movie, so loosely based on Kallen's life as to bear no relation to human life on this planet, is a stiff. A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere. Good actors — Omar Epps as a wanna-be champ, Charles Dutton as his trainer, Tony Shalhoub as a promoter — go down with the ship steered by Dutton, who also serves as director. Critics and audiences should unite to KO this loser.
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