Director: Antoine Fuqua. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, 50 Cent, Oona Laurence. 124 min. Rated R. Sport/Drama.
It's difficult to feel sympathy for a character who's become rich by punching people in the face and getting punched in return, and whose wife is killed due to his own stupidity. But alas, that is Southpaw's premise. Jake Gyllenhaal has been enjoying a string of extraordinary acting accomplishments, but when you sign up for a project just because the subject is proven to be historically successful with Academy voters (boxing, that is) ... it shows. Better luck next time.