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Overall A

Based on a true story, Russell Crowe plays James J. Braddock, a1930s boxing legend who fought his way from the breadlines to the pinnacle of his sport. Along the way, he also inspired a generation of struggling Americans who felt sucker punched by the great stock market crash.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity C
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language

Talk to your kids about…

Cinderella Man

Why do the average citizens cheer for Jim over the top-rated boxers? What production devices are used to make Jim more appealing? Why do people often like to cheer for the underdog?

Many of the characters in this movie are keen about keeping up appearances. Why is it important for them to project a certain image? How much of a person’s ability to succeed is based on the way others view him or her? Do you think appearances are a necessary part of life?

Despite the hardships the Braddock family faces, what values do they maintain? How does Jim teach those to his children? What part does Jim and Mae’s marriage play in helping them survive?

Braddock fought in an incredible 15-round match for a world championship. Read more about his opponent Max Baer at http://www.ibhof.com/baer.htm and see how it compares with the film’s portrayal.

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