'Never' doesn't have a fighting chance

The Baltimore Sun

As every red-blooded American boy knows, the first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club - and the second rule of fight club is you don't talk about fight club. That goes triple for Never Back Down, not because it's a secret worth keeping, but because it's reprehensible.

Tom Cruise lookalike Sean Faris stars as a brainy, fight-prone high school football star who moves from Iowa to Orlando, Fla. There he becomes involved with a crowd devoted to practicing mixed-martial arts in their clubs, schools and McMansions.

Never Back Down (Summit) Starring Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Djimon Hounsou. Directed by Jeff Wadlow. Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexuality, language and teen partying. Time 110 minutes.

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