Resurrecting the Champ

2007 PG-13 1h 52m DVD

Resurrecting the Champ

2007 PG-13 1h 52m DVD
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Sportswriter Erik Kernan is struggling to boost his career, live up to his father's legacy and be a better father to his own son. Complicating matters is his friendship with a homeless man who claims to be one-time boxing champion Bob Satterfield.
Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo, Alan Alda, Rachel Nichols, Teri Hatcher, Kristen Shaw, Nick Sandow, David Paymer, Harry Lennix, Peter Coyote
Rod Lurie
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this sports drama revolves around boxing. Bloody fight scenes take place both in the present and in black-and-white flashbacks and involve violent, noisy, fast-cut footage. The Champ is homeless; he appears dirty, tattered, and repeatedly drunk, and he smokes a lot of cigarettes. The movie focuses on lying and telling stories to enhance your career and history, as well as tense relationships between fathers and sons. A couple of women appear in seductive outfits and poses. Language includes one use of "f--k," plus more colorful "ringside" language.

Sexual Content

Girls in bikinis hold up placards between boxing rounds; producer appears in a slinky dress, trying to seduce Erik into a "torrid affair" (he turns her down).


Frequent boxing scenes are filled with hard-hitting, noisy, sometimes slow-motion violence, with blood spurting, flesh splitting, and bodies falling. A group of kids beats up the Champ in an alley, kicking and hitting him for fun (bloody injuries are visible). Erik hits a computer screen in an angry moment.


At least one "f--k," plus other ringside/sports profanity ("s--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," "son of a bitch," "screw up"). The Champ refers to a Hispanic boxer as "the spicky kid" more than once.

Social Behavior

The movie has a thematic focus on ambition, deceit, and disappointing role models; Erik learns a lesson after he has hurt several people. Some racist comments from the Champ.


Advertisements for Showtime programs on office wall (Weeds, Dexter).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The Champ smokes cigarettes repeatedly; he also drinks beer (sometimes from a brown paper bag). Other social drinking in bars.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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