Against The Ropes


Directed by: Charles Dutton
Written by:Cheryl Edwards
Starring: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Charles Dutton, Tony Shalhoub, Timothy Daly
Released: August 5, 2004
Grade: C

The film doesn’t deserve much of my time so I’ll keep this short and sweet.  Against The Ropes is just dismal.  I saw it as part of the in-flight entertainment on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Bangkok but felt like complaining since it didn’t meet the definition of “entertainment”.  My friend sitting beside me on the plane watched it also and about every 5 minutes, we removed our headsets and looked at each other with stunned disbelief at how corny it all was.

Based on a true story (pretty loosely I guess), the story focuses on Jackie Kallan, a female boxing promoter trying to make it in a man’s world.  We go through a routine introduction of her being squashed by other males and guess what?  She has a few ego problems along the way but as you’d expect, it all leads to a rosy ending where we can celebrate Jackie triumphing over adversity.  I celebrated the film’s finale by going to sleep and rejoicing that I didn’t waste $10 at a regular theatre to watch it.

I haven’t met the real Jackie Kallan but I can’t possibly believe she is as annoying as Meg Ryan portrays her.  Ryan is so obviously putting on a rough girl accent and you’ll cringe at how fake it all sounds.  I cannot believe studio executives cast her in a role which clearly does not suit.  Other major cast members include Tony Shalhoub and Timothy Daly but I’ll excuse you if you don’t know who they are.

Now that I’ve wasted another 10 minutes of my life on this tripe, I’ll call it a day.  Good night.