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A non-exploitative film about the world of female boxing would be rare enough; one featuring a strong Mexican-American woman as its star should be a cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the best thing that can be said about this contender for the title of "worst boxing movie ever made" is that it's so consistently awful, it's almost entertaining. Almost....read more

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A non-exploitative film about the world of female boxing would be rare enough; one featuring a strong Mexican-American woman as its star should be a cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the best thing that can be said about this contender for the title of "worst boxing

movie ever made" is that it's so consistently awful, it's almost entertaining. Almost. East Angelino Isabelle "Belle" Alvorado (Sophia-Adella Hernandez) dreams of becoming a prizefighter just like Dad (Tony Plana), a former Golden Gloves champ who hung up his gloves for a badge, a nightstick and

Isabelle's mother (Maria Conchita Alonso). But only after Isabelle's best friend (need we mention that she's a boxer?) is nearly killed in a fight against Tanya "The Terminator" Tessaro does "Belle" finally realize that boxing is her destiny. She gets herself a manager (William McNamara), a

promoter (Paul Winfield) and a trainer (Eduardo Yanez), who also happens to be her boyfriend and her father's LAPD partner. Since this is a boxing flick with absolutely no imagination, Belle faces the usual obstacles on her way to Las Vegas and the women's lightweight championship bout

against -- who else? -- Tanya the Terminator. The film's fight scenes are fatally listless and seem to have been shot in half-empty bars (though the crowd noise on the soundtrack could fill Madison Square Garden). Writer-producer-director Lorenzo Doumani, who credits himself with having helped

produce the ill-fated COTTON CLUB and evidently contributed something to the script of THE GODFATHER, PART III, mucks around with flashbacks and freeze-frames in a pathetic attempt at style, but keeps the camera firmly rooted in place. The dismal soundtrack includes a song by Doumani's wife,

Brenda, a former soap-opera actress who also starred in Doumani's 1998 giant-insect thriller BUG BUSTER.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: A non-exploitative film about the world of female boxing would be rare enough; one featuring a strong Mexican-American woman as its star should be a cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the best thing that can be said about this contender for the title of… (more)

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