Against the Ropes is inspired by the true story of Jackie Kallen, the most successful female manager in boxing history. Meg Ryan portrays Kallen, a smart, gutsy woman who wants to break out of a dead-end job as she knows she was meant for more.
She gets her chance when she sees Luther Shaw (Epps) in a brawl and knows he's a champion in the raw. Determined to follow her heart, she becomes Luther's boxing manager and convinces him that he can fight his way out of a thug life.
Together with veteran trainer Felix Reynolds (Dutton), Jackie and Luther discover they need each other to realize their dreams and take the boxing world by storm.
What the critics are saying:
"A miscast Ryan struggles with a Detroit accent and a script that goes nowhere."- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone"Somewhere along the way, I found myself enjoying Against the Ropes, not in spite of my better judgment, but because something in the movie defies the whole notion of better judgment altogether."- Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com"As a boxing movie, Against the Ropes is perfunctory... As a biopic, it's likewise uninspired stuff."- Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
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