Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko
Rated: PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language.
Parental Notes: This film is probably fine for preteens and teens, but youngsters may find the boxing scenes too intense for comfort.
Jim Braddock was a successful boxer in the 20s who lost everything during the Great Depression. But he was given one last fight and unexpectedly defeated the other man. That started a winning streak that took him to a fight for the heavyweight championship of the world against renowned fighter Max Baer, who had killed one man in the ring and apparently caused another fatal injuries. Braddock was dubbed the Cinderella man for his meteoric rise from the depths of poverty, and Ron Howard has turned his already fairy-tale story into a modern melodrama. This movie is about as corny as they come, but it