Never Back Down (15)

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The world of mixed martial arts apparently involves bare-chested jocks knocking seven bells out of one another, and in Florida, young Sean Faris is the latest initiate.

Grieving his late father, he tends to lash out until his pugnacity is marshalled by fight instructor Djimon Hounsou. "Your son is a natural fighter," he says to Faris's mom. "The words every mother wants to hear," she deadpans (Leslie Hope gives a performance the film barely deserves).

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