Synopsis: At 18, Diana has a chip on her shoulder; she's close to expulsion from high school for fighting, her mother is dead, her dad is surly, the popular girls at school set her teeth on edge, she knows men can cause pain. When she picks up her younger brother at a Brooklyn gym where he boxes to please his father, she decides she wants to train. Hector, a coach, reluctantly agrees to teach her. It's soon clear to him that Diana has talent; he pushes her. She spends time with another young fighter, Adrian, who has a girlfriend, but Diana intrigues him and stirs real feelings he tries to articulate. She, too, must accommodate her toughness and ironic detachment to her feelings for him.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Karyn Kusama
Production: Screen Gems
  15 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Don't lie to me.

I know that something is up.

Why do we have to keep talking

about this? It's over.

Look, he's not all that anyway.

- But I like him.

- Marisol, it's a free country.

Just because you have a crush on him

doesn't mean you own him.

You didn't even notice him

until you found out I liked him.

- Please. Get over yourself.

- It's true.

You could have any boy you want

in this school, and you choose him.

Look, nothing happened.


Can we be friends now?

You f***ed him.

I did not.

You're lying.

You had sex with him?

Guzman, you suck.

It didn't mean anything to me. If he

prefers me over you, is that my problem?

Maybe it's time

you took a look in the mirror.

It's time for a makeover.

Apologize to her.

- Excuse me?

- You heard me. Say you're sorry.

Yeah, right.

Come on, girls, let's bounce.

I'm telling you,

that b*tch is psycho.

Get off me, you f***in' b*tch!


American Gladiators.

Show's over.

You kids are late for class.

You're f***ing crazy, Guzman!

- You started it, you f***in' b*tch!

- Enough!

- She's lying!

- Yo, Tiny, check your sister!

- You know what you did.

- Both of you are at fault.

- I didn't do nothing!

- Except be your stinky, skanky self.

I said hustle, or all of you

end up in detention!

Report after school,

or you're suspended.

See you.

You are another story.

Now come on.

This is your fourth fight

this semester.

You simply can't continue

to behave like this.

Have you ever considered

how much more effective it would be...

to talk about your disagreement?

You have a serious problem.

In or out of school, your life

is only gonna get harder because of it.

You might want us to find someone

who can help you deal with this.

I don't need any help.

Fine. It's up to you.

I am out of options.

One more fight,

and you're expelled.

Who cares if I'm expelled?

Diana, ask yourself

that question.

Up the ante. Up.

- Money on the wood.

- Hey there, it's Diana.

Oh, yeah,

the gym's probably closed by now.

- I got held up at school.

- You in trouble again?

Here. Tell Hector I'll have

the rest for him next week.

Not after this game.

- Where am I going?

- Take the 61 to York.

It's near the water.

Why you sending your girl

down there?

'Cause she's paying Hector.

My good man from Panama's training Tiny.

Man, you're the living likeness

of your mother.

- I was just saying...

- Just play.


You need some variety.

I give it to you.

I'm looking for Hector.

The ring in the back.

The right, Tiny.

Remember your combinations, Tiny.

- Last round.

- You said we go to four.

He's not ready.

Not ready, huh?

Where the hell's Don?

- What's up?

- You better keep your eye on this bozo.

- He don't listen to a word I say.

- Well, make him listen.

What the f***?

That's my brother, you little sh*t.

Let me go!

I'm gonna get her!

I gotta put you in a cage?

- The ho hit me first.

- I mean that crap in the ring.

It's embarrassing. Being beaten twice

in a day makes me look like a p*ssy.

Hey, watch your mouth.

- Why'd you mess with Ray like that?

- He's a punk, Tiny.

- We were sparring.

- It didn't look that way to me.

Here, this is from my dad.

You Sandro's kid too?

- How come I never heard about you?

- I don't know. I'm his pride and joy.

Jesus Christ.

Nice meeting you.


You been humiliated.

You fight dirty with a little kid.

Then you got slaped by a little girl.

That's weak, Ray.

The b*tch is lucky

I didn't kill her.

- You spared her some mighty force, huh?

- That's right.

Who's the dish?

Should have me a taste

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Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama (born March 21, 1968) is an American independent film director known for the 2000 film Girlfight, which she wrote, directed, and produced.Kusama went on to direct 2005's Æon Flux and 2009's Jennifer's Body. She directed the 2015 horror film, The Invitation, and has recently worked as a television director. more…

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