Poor Boy's Game | Chicago Reader

Poor Boy's Game

The game in question is boxing—or perhaps bigotry. Written and directed by Clement Virgo, this grim Canadian drama opens with a young white man from Halifax (Rossif Sutherland) being paroled from prison after serving a long term for assault; his black victim, brain damaged from the attack, lives with his mother and weary, wounded father (Danny Glover). While in the slammer, the convict made a name for himself as a pugilist, and after he returns home a local champion (Flex Alexander) offers him $20,000 for ten rounds, hoping to win the black community some payback in the ring. The movie is commendable for its harsh look at a racially polarized town, and both Glover and Sutherland are excellent as men too worn out by anger and hatred to continue the cycle of vengeance. This really does end in a climactic boxing match, however, which has the unfortunate effect of highlighting the other generic plot elements that precede it. 104 min.


Cast information not available at this time.

What others are saying

  • Add a review


    Select a star to rate.