Against the Ropes (2004)


“That’s my job to see sh*t coming.” – Jackie Kallen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – The executive assistant of a boxing promoter decides to start her own business and become the first female boxing agent.

My Take on it – Great idea that just doesn’t work as well as one might hope.

Meg Ryan is a great actress, but her accent and performance here just aren’t up to par.

She seems to be miscast in this role because she is not as good in these kind of dramatic roles as she is in more lighter fair over the course of her career which is quite a shame.

Despite this being based on a true story, things never seem to feel original and unique enough in the way it all is presented.

The boxing scenes are also a bit too banal and lack any kind of real suspense along the way.

The way that the story plays out feels too choppy and seems as if things are too rushed along the way and that hurts things too much.

The story teases at some nice chemistry between Ryan and Tim Daly, but it never goes any further.

This was a film directed by Charles Dutton and despite this being a passion project for him, it fails to actually be more poignant in what they are trying to tell here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the chance to star in this film because, at the time, the actress was in the process of relocating her family to Northern California. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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