This is a pretty sweet, heartfelt comedy. I don’t know if I believe a 40 year old way out of boxing could hold his own in a regional competition, though I know in boxing more than ever there’s always the so-called “puncher’s chance.”
For a movie of this budget, I thought the fight scenes were pretty impressive, especially the climatic one. This one had a bit of everything: a buddy flick, a romance, and a old-dog-young-pip-rivals-to-friends-mentor-mentee relationship. Usually when a movie tries to incorporate so many elements, I find it falls far short of its goals. This time, perhaps because it is more light-hearted fare, I thought it worked pretty well.
An entertaining flick, nice little diversion for the hour and a half or so it ran.