The Fighter

Theatrical Release: December 17, 2010
The Fighter


Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures’ inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner “Irish” Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) — a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime — perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work. David O. Russell directs from a script by 8 Mile’s Scott Silver and Paul Attanasio (The Bourne Ultimatum).

Dove Review

“The Fighter” is a realistic drama with strong performances from all, particularly the lead three of Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Wahlberg plays Micky Ward, a talented boxer who is guided by his elder brother Dicky (Bale). Dicky came close to being a champion boxer but drugs and crime have derailed his life to the point where he is beginning to drag Micky down. When Micky hooks up with local bartender Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams) she forces him to look at the ways in which his family is dragging him down.

The film includes realistic looking boxing matches and its characterizations of Micky’s family are well developed which includes the mother, Alice (Melissa Leo), who wants Micky to always listen to her and who favors older brother Dicky, to the point of closing her eyes to his drug use. Micky’s loyalty to Dicky is commendable although he winds up having to make some difficult decisions.

The plot moves toward a showdown between Charlene and Alice and Dicky which leads to a fateful decision and a prize fight which will define Micky Ward in the world of welterweight boxing. This movie is based on a true story and although the story is powerful and the film drips with realism, there is a ton of strong language in it as well as drug use and we regrettably cannot award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Sexual relationship outside of marriage; kissing; couple seen making out; man's hand is placed on woman's rear; sexual comments about a woman's rear and slang for rear is used a lot; oral sex is implied in one scene.
Language: Language throughout including many uses of the F word in addition to the Lord's name taken in vain and slang for body parts.
Violence: Boxing violence including bloody faces; a man almost hits a man as he drops his beer mug from a height above the man; a man punches a man when the man shows disrespect to a woman bartender; police use a billy club on a few people and a man's hand is broken as a result; a man punches prisoners in prison.
Drugs: A character is addicted to crack and is seen smoking it; man goes to crack house; drinking in several scenes; the smoking of cigarettes is seen.
Nudity: Strong cleavage; woman is seen in lingerie, bra and panties; shirtless men.
Other: Disrespect shown to a woman; family difficulties and arguments; man flips middle finger.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Scott Silver
Producer: Dorothy Aufiero
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 115 min.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter