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Welterweight boxers Caesar Dominguez and Vince
Boudreau get a final shot at boxing's big time. With only a few
hours to get to Vegas, they take an unexpectedly circuitous road
trip through the sizzling desert with quirky girlfriend Grace
Comedy - Boxing fans will certainly enjoy the brutal, 30-minute bout that
serves as the film's climax. However, leading up to the fight, the
film is a long, unfunny road comedy; less patient viewers may not
find the fight worth the wait. Men will definitely enjoy more than
women, and the film is in appropriate for youngsters.
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: A long sex scene; some unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: One very brutal boxing match. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: Lots of boxing action. COMEDY: Numerous stabs at comedy; some sex humor.
The boxing comedy Play It to the Bone aims to be a pure entertainment vehicle, and for one thirty-minute stretch, it succeeds. The advertising campaign touts a big match between stars Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas, and in no way does the film disappoint in that area. Theirs is one helluva fight, expertly staged, edited, and containing more action than perhaps all the pay-per-view boxing events held in the last five years combined. But it is in every other area that this film disappoints--a fact that is made especially more disheartening considering the writer-director at the helm is none other than Ron Shelton, Hollywood's premier cinematic examiner of sports. What it all comes down to is that Play It to the Bone is a boxing movie that is not only not about boxing--it's about absolutely nothing of value at all.
Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas star
as best friends and professional boxing rivals Vince Boudreau
and Caesar Dominguez, both of whom haven't worked in years. Finally,
from out of the blue, they get the chance of a lifetime: an assignment
to work together in Vegas. The job promises big money, but there's
a hitch: they have to be there NOW. They quickly hit the road
with Grace Pasic (Lolita Davidovich) at the wheel, embarking on
a circuitous route through the sizzling desert. Sparks fly as
the competitive Vince and Caesar antagonize each other to a frenzy
matched only by Grace's own combative temper. The going gets rougher
when they pick up sultry hitchhiker Lia (Lucy Liu, whose presence
throws the trio into further upheaval. A riotous race ensues as
Vince and Caesar scramble to make it to Vegas for their big showdown.