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Punch (2002)

Michael Riley , Sonja Bennett , Guy Bennett  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Riley, Sonja Bennett, Meredith McGeachie, Marcia Laskowski, Vincent Gale
  • Directors: Guy Bennett
  • Writers: Guy Bennett
  • Producers: Jacquelyn Renner, Jeff Sackman, Shawn Williamson, Stephen Hegyes
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dej Productions
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000093NPT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A teenage girl still reeling from the death of her mother finds a novel means of venting her anger in the feature directorial debut from filmmaker Guy Bennett. It's been years since Ariel's (Sonja Bennett) mother died in a tragic accident, and ever since that fateful day, the increasingly troubled girl has isolated herself from society while forming an unhealthy fixation on her devastated father, Sam (Michael Riley). When Sam invites Mary (Marcia Laskowski) over for his first date in years, Ariel explodes -- attacking her father's frightened guest in a jealous rage. When Mary reveals that her sister Julie (Meredith McGeachie) is a prize fighter in the underground world of topless boxing, Julie decides to take up the sport as a means of coping with the lingering pain of her mother's death. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie August 18, 2008
This was a good movie. The direction was solid and the storyline interesting. The movie actually centered more around the dynamics between the relationship of the father and daughter than female boxing, and this was a good thing. What really made this film was the lead actress, Sonja Bennett. Her acting was excellent; plus she's beautiful. (always a good combination) There was one scene in particular where she is sitting naked on a bed with her legs apart in an attempt to seduce her tutor. She may not have seduced him, but she sure seduced me! That scene alone is worth the price of the dvd. The actress has a sex appeal that oozes through at all times. This adds to the realism of the film and makes the odd quasi-incestous relationship between the father and daughter believable and somewhat understandable. Another interesting twist is that this film was actually directed by the actresses' father, Guy Bennett.

It's hard to define this film, as there are several sub-plots operating simultaneously, but I bought it and I would definitely recommend it. Kudos to both Guy Bennett and Sonja Bennett for a job well done. I hope to see more of Sonja. If Hollywood ever discovers her, she could become a star, since she's a first-rate actress.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars knockout movie April 6, 2004
By A Customer
I was intrigued when I saw this movie in the store. When I watched it I wasn't too dissapointed. The story surrounds an anger fueled, anti-social teenage girl named Ariel and her single father who both seem to have their share of problems in life. Things start to heat up when Ariel becomes rivals with her dad's new girlfriend and her sister. It's a movie worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punch July 15, 2013
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A charming tale of a wayward young girl whom is trying to find who she is and makes a few mistakes along her path.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, funny, interesting movie May 19, 2003
By A Customer
Punch (2002) was a huge hit at the Vancouver Film Festival. I saw it there and loved it.
Canadian actor, Michael Riley, gives a subtle, understated performance. It's beautiful to watch a male star who doesn't try to steal his scenes from the women around him.
Newcomer Sonja Bennett gives a gutsy, startling, riveting performance as the troubled teen, Ariel. Supporting cast is all excellent.
An interesting script. Not typically Hollywood. Punch (2002) is funny, rude, tender, caring, rough, optimistic, intelligent, interesting. Surpisingly (given that includes topless female boxing) this is a movie that women love.
It's worth seeing twice. I'm looking forward to seeing the DVD version with Director, Guy Bennett's, comments.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, funny, off-beat May 23, 2003
By A Customer
Great acting, marvelous script, beautiful cinematography.
You might think that a movie containing topless female boxing is basically a movie to get drunk to, but this one is not. It's funny, unpredictable, tender, strangely up-beat, rude and intimate.
How very Canadian to have a male lead who doesn't try to grab the limelight. Bravo to the subtle Canadian actor, Michael Riley. And how very gutsy to have a female lead (Sonja Bennett) who is willing to be thoroughly dislikeable almost the entire was through.
It's a film worth seeing at least twice (I saw it three times when it was released in Canada earlier this year).
It's about family relationships, love, overcoming dysfunctions, growing up, grieving, hope - and, of course, topless female boxing. Did I mention that Punch is hilarious? It is.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper Indie from Canada September 22, 2005
This is really a review of the film, since I saw it on satellite and can't comment on the DVD's quality or extras, but I feel that this gem is worth your attention since it was not distributed very widely or very well.

It is a film whose themes on the surface (incestual longings, teen hostility, failed relationships, topless women boxers being exploited) might seem off-putting or even sensationalist, but the film, under a sure director and his cast, manages to spin this stuff into real acting gold by drawing out motivations and actions in the characters and letting them unfold gradually rather than telegraphing all its punches.
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