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W e've seen it a dozen times before: the blue-collar contender who dreams of being a boxing champ. He fights personal battles, struggles in a dead-end job, and jogs along derelict streets punching the air in the training montage, all leading up to the Big Fight. As the title suggests, The Fighter , starring Mark Wahlberg as the put-upon contender, does very little to challenge the movie cliches of Rocky and its ilk, but the key difference is that this story actually happened — to "Irish" Micky Ward. From the impoverished town of Lowell, Massachusetts, Ward really did turn around his losing streak, gave it one last shot and triumphed, winning the WBU light welterweight title in Did his life feel like a boxing movie when he was living it? It's not really a boxing movie anyway. The boxing's the backdrop, but it's more about family dynamics, it's about the struggles of two brothers, ups and downs, all that.
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Micky Ward has less personality than the hero of any other boxing movie I can remember. Maybe that's because he can't get a word in edgewise. He has a motormouth crackhead for a brother, a mom who acts as his manager and seven blond-headed sisters who seem to be on a break from a musical being filmed on the next soundstage. It's easy to imagine Micky growing up in this family and sitting ignored in the corner. David O. His family is spectacularly dysfunctional.