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Resurrecting the Champ
(2007-08-31)
(wgvu) - Sports reporter Erik Kernan isn't doing so well when the movie Resurrecting the Champ begins. Played by Josh Hartnett, Kernan is separated from his wife, Joyce, who is played by Kathryn Morris, from the CBS television program Cold Case. She's also a reporter for a Denver newspaper, one of their most respected. Kernan however isn't as valued by his editor, who's played by Alan Alda. But he's the son of a very famous boxing broadcaster, which has carried him so far. (clip) One night after a boxing match, Kernan walks past a group of kids that are beating up a old, homeless man. He breaks up the fight and then finds out the old man is Bob Satterfield, a former professional boxer. Satterfield is played by Samuel L. Jackson, and Kernan gets an idea for a magazine article about his rise and fall. (clip) Kernan pitches the story to the paper's magazine editor, going behind his bosses' back, and he gets the green light. Erik is struggling to maintain his relationship with his son, due to the fact that his own history with his father was non-existent. He embellishes his contact with sports heroes, and his own career. (clip) Resurrecting the Champ is loosely based on a true story. It is a movie about boxing, about journalism, and more poignantly, about fathers and sons. It could've been a genuinely good film, but suffers from a stilted, badly edited, badly directed, style. The acting is topnotch, particularly veterans like Alda, and Jackson, and a totally unrecognizable Peter Coyote, who has a small part as an aging boxing promoter. But the movie suffers from unnecessary scenes, like a long sequence with Terri Hatcher as a Showtime executive, and seemingly endless footage between Kernan and his son, most of which could've been condensed. By the time the credits roll, whatever emotional punch Resurrecting the Champ could've delivered has been deflected by the simple passing of time. © Copyright 2021, wgvu