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Punch (2002)

Michael Riley , Sonja Bennett , Guy Bennett  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 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
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000093NPT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Punch" on IMDb

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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
Format:DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No illusions July 29, 2010
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This film offers no illusions, no Hollywood sweetness to cover problems presented. As such, it is an unpleasant exercise in viewing. The star, Sonja Bennett, is not unattractive, but plays a disturbed tomboy. She has an obvious elektra complex attraction for her father that(thankfully) goes unfulfilled. She has an attraction to the concept of fighting. The film addresses that too. In most films, the pretty fighter normally wins, just the way we want it. This film goes out of its way to show that hokiness(beautiful brunette downs ugly heavyweight) but then says, "not in real life, bub" and has the ugly babe come back and win. Our heroine, in the same way, keeps hammering away at that brunette about fighting..until she can't take it anymore. So the star, Sonja Bennett, is shockingly severely beaten by the brunette pro, as a lesson that fighting is real, not for amateurs. Again, unpleasant to watch but, commendable for cinema verite` I suppose. Overall, if you want a pleasant movie experience, buy Fight Night at Amazon; get this film if you want to see some disturbing, if gritty, drama. Update: I 1st gave this film a dreadful score; upon seeing it again, I again did not enjoy it but see its merits(see above); the climactic scene between the two lead women makes sense plot-wise, but also is a "payoff" to those who simply wanted a "cat fight".
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars knockout movie April 6, 2004
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Format:DVD
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
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Format:DVD
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
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Format:DVD
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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