Review Date: January 12, 2000
Director: Ron Shelton
Writer: Ron Shelton
Producers: Stephen Chin
Woody Harrelson as Vince Boudreau
Antonio Banderas as Cesar Dominguez
Lolita Davidovich as Grace Pasic
I don't remember director Shelton ever pulling a symbolic ending over on us before, but this film, and especially the, what kind only be described as, "strange" boxing match, left much to be desired. I was looking forward to a fun, hard-fought, exciting scrap between the two friends, but instead I was left tickling my brain petals trying to figure out what some of the weird imagery meant. Also, the fight itself was too repetitive, and way over the top in respect to one particular aspect (I don't like to ruin actual details of a film in my reviews, but hopefully you'll get my drift if you see the movie). Overall, I would most likely recommend this movie as a rental for sure, but if you are planning to see it on the big screen, I would suggest it only to those who are huge fans of any of its stars. All boxing fans should immediately drop their smelling salts and remain seated cause this is definitely not the big boxing movie that you've all been waiting for. Seventy percent of the film actually takes place on the road, and the boxing scenes are just bizarre and monotonous. In the end, the movie made me laugh hard a couple of times, smile once here and there, and shrug my shoulders when it was all said and done. And save for one particularly cool movie star cameo during the final boxing match, even the other celebrity appearances were simply ho-hum. Rod Stewart?!? C'mon!!
Love it or leave it, the one good thing that we do come away with from this movie is the realization that one of these two men clearly stands above the other in at least one respect. And yes, hands down, the shower scene finally confirms the fact that Woody Harrelson's ass can beat Antonio's any day!!