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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.
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.
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.
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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Okay - up front, the characters aren't typical of movies. The father is a wimp, totally lost at how to discipline his daughter. Read morePublished on May 19, 2005 by Dan Brady
lnteresting, erotic and yet a bit disturbing. You try to have sympathy for Ariel, but she is too much of a [...] to give it to her. Read morePublished on November 29, 2004 by Smegma Cheese
"Punch" is a funny mixture of subtlity, humour, sensitivity, crudeness, gentle care of characters and raw edges. Read morePublished on June 27, 2003
"Punch" is a pathetically bad movie with no likable characters: The father is weak and subconsciously wants to bed his daughter, the girlfriend is wimpish and desperate, and her... Read morePublished on June 21, 2003