Real Steel

Theatrical Release: October 7, 2011
Real Steel


“Real Steel” is an action drama about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who, against all odds, gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the new high-tech sport of robot boxing.

Dove Review

This film could be nicknamed “Robot Rocky” and to some extent that description is accurate. An underdog robot fighter, named Atom, takes on Zeus, who is the “Apollo Creed” of the robot boxing world if you will. This film focuses on an ex-boxer named Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) and his developing relationship with his eleven-year-old son Max (Dakota Goyo). Thrown together after being apart for a long while, Charlie has accepted money to adopt his son to the boy’s aunt. Charlie makes money off his fighting robot, and even pits it against a bull in an action-packed fight. Unfortunately, he is using robots that are constantly beaten and thrown on the scrap heap. It is Max who finds a robot who could change their fortune. As the relationship between Charlie and Max develops, they soon find themselves winning with Max’s robot Atom. Charlie and Max make a dynamic team but the time to turn Max over to his aunt looms ahead, and sets up the dramatic and a stirring conclusion.

Regrettably, the movie features over 24 strong utterances of language, even from the boy, Max. For this reason, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film. It’s a shame as less language would have allowed us to have gotten behind this one.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A man lies down next to his old girlfriend, who is asleep, but no sex takes place in the scene; kissing between a couple.
Language: D-8; A-6; H-4; G/OMG-4; P-2; SOB-1; Slang for testicles-2; S-2; B*tch-1; "Idiots"-1; "Suck"-2; Crap-2; An eleven-year-old boy says a few of the curses.
Violence: The violence of robots fighting each other like they are human boxers; various parts of robots are knocked off and a robot is decapitated; a few males fight in a couple of scenes and in one scene several men beat up a man and kick him and some blood is seen on a man's lip; a bull fights a robot; a father and son argue and are frustrated with each other in a few scenes.
Drugs: A few scenes of characters drinking beer.
Nudity: Cleavage and shirtless man.
Other: A kid, angry with his father, calls him an "old man" but later respects his dad; a father initially accepts money from a man who wishes to adopt the boy with the boy's real aunt and later the boy says to his father, "You SOLD me?" in disbelief but their differences are ironed out.


Company: DreamWorks
Writer: John Gatins & Dan Gilroy
Director: Shawn Levy
Producer: Shawn Levy
Genre: Action
Runtime: 127 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter