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ON for kids age 12
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
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3 out of 5

Feel-good boxing tale, but frequent bullying and taunting.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Knockout is a 2011 feel-good sports movie starring teen favorite "Stone Cold" Steve Austin with frequent bullying and taunting between the "jock" Hector and the "new kid" Matthew. Even as Matthew trains and learns to box, he is pushed, shoved, called names, and knocked down almost every time he runs into Hector at school. In the boxing ring, Matthew is beaten up and bloodied by Hector. In spite of the bullying, Matthew learns to box, but more importantly, learns to believe in himself, to set and meet realistic goals, and to persevere through the difficulties of high school and family life -- messages that will ring true to older tweens and teens.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how bullying is addressed in this movie. Did school administrators, teachers, coaches, parents, and students respond appropriately to Hector's bullying? What would you do in the face of bullying?
  • How accurately does the film reflect the realities of cliques in high school? What rings true and what doesn't?
  • Overall, how does this movie compare to other "feel-good" sports movies?

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Audience Reviews

3 stars

We all know that WWE isn't in movies for the Blockbuster films it releases. WWE though does release some great family fun movies and I appreciate that about them. Movies used to be simple at one time, you could pretty much predict the movie from the beginning to end (and while they are not typically what I enjoy as a child it's fun or with family it's fun) and that's basically what Knockout was. You knew what would happen from the very get-go and there wasn't a part of this movie that I didn't predict. It was the typical bullied boy rising up against the bullies in which he strived for respect. It wasn't about winning or losing, but, about standing up for yourself, believing in yourself, and knowing that as long as you do your best in life you'll be self-satisfied and respected by others. WWE nailed those morals in this family-friendly movie where Steve Austin stars as Dan Barnes the school Janitor that trains the bullied nerd to be a respected boxer by the end of the movie. Austin did a good job at acting, in my opinion, in terms of WWE Superstars he's the best actor that came out of them along side Dwayne Johnson. The main character for no one I've heard of before played a fine role and while some of the others were lackluster actors and pretty cheesy in general, it was what I expected, and to me scores an average expected rating. It's a movie that you watch with your family and children, has some good morals, and some fair acting but not so in depth that it loses the young ones. It's enjoyable and I appreciated it not for being a great amazing movie but for being what it was meant to be as it did achieve that.

- bhobbs1985, Thursday, September 1, 2011

4 stars

This movie is literally a knockout. A strong and very inspirational movie with lots of punch and even more heart. It's The Karate Kid for a new generation. A rousing, heart-warming and truly wonderful film. A terrifically entertaining and exciting drama that has a compelling story and great characters with actors that suit them well. Finally a story about high school kids and bullying with actors who are actually the age and appearance of what average teens look like. Daniel Magder and Steve Austin are excellent, they give strong and great performances. This is Austin's best performance so far, showing he is more than an great action hero but a great actor.

- allan913, Friday, May 13, 2011

3 stars

Despite the unfortunate factor that it was a low budget made for tv type of movie feel...this movie delivers that lesson that never fails...the bully should never win.Enter a new student into a school Matthew Miller (Daniel Madger) that is trying to blend in with the other students, when he attempts to do so , He meets two loyal ones and two disrespectful ones that bully him with no mercy. Enter the guiding eye of Dan Barnes (Steve Austin) that used to be a pro boxer catching the sight of the new student being bullied from time to time...Dan becomes a tutor to Matthew until Matthew decides to get unauthorized consent for after class boxing he can defend himself...from further being bullied. When he decides to enroll into a boxing class...he notices that his nemeses is also in the same class. This movie will take you on a journey to show you that you can achieve your goals if you don't give up. See is true a good spirit of a movie!

- Fascade518, Monday, August 1, 2011