The Kid

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Children's, Drama, Sports

A dated inspirational drama that soft-pedals its more mawkish aspects, this film portrays a pre-teen's true grit in and out of the boxing ring. Jimmy Albright (Jeff Saumier) feels like an outcast in his middle-class Canadian environment. Older brother Ryan (Jason Tremblay), who studies music and plays hockey, is the apple of his father's eye. Jimmy loves...read more

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A dated inspirational drama that soft-pedals its more mawkish aspects, this film portrays a pre-teen's true grit in and out of the boxing ring. Jimmy Albright (Jeff Saumier) feels like an outcast in his middle-class Canadian environment. Older brother Ryan (Jason Tremblay), who studies music and plays hockey, is the apple of his father's eye. Jimmy loves boxing and practices under the tutelage of ex-pugilist Harry Sloan (Rod Steiger), but his parents condemn the sport's violence. Jimmy persists and rises up the amateur ranks in his weight class while his best pal, Russell Conroy (Tod Fennell), isn't interested in the prizefighting career for which his father Terry (Bruce Dinsmore) has been grooming him. When a city-wide competition pits Jimmy against Russell, Jimmy holds back to favor his friend. Terry eventually realizes how unhappy his son is and offers his sponsorship to Jimmy. Slated for a championship bout, Jimmy confronts his family after rival Trey (Daniel Brochu) spills the beans about Jimmy's secret training program. By the time Harry turns Jimmy over to a younger handler, Jimmy has garnered the support of his brother. When Harry ends up hospitalized with a heart attack, Jimmy's soul-searching goes into high gear. Can Jimmy make the right choice about his future and find a way to melt his parents' reservations? Energized by Steiger's hammy aplomb, this pubescent version of Clifford Odets' GOLDEN BOY will give older viewers a case of dramatic deja vu. But younger audiences will sympathize with the hero's quest for acceptance.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: A dated inspirational drama that soft-pedals its more mawkish aspects, this film portrays a pre-teen's true grit in and out of the boxing ring. Jimmy Albright (Jeff Saumier) feels like an outcast in his middle-class Canadian environment. Older brother Ryan… (more)

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