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.

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