starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams
screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Joshnson
directed by David O. Russell
This is the true story of boxer Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. Despite the disability of his retarded Irish-American family, Micky Ward became the world light welterweight champion in his 2000 fight against Scouser Shea Neary in the U.K. I don’t have a good opinion either of the Irish or Irish-Americans, who seem to take such insulated pride wallowing in the virtues of alcoholism, unemployment, crime and terrorism. This was a good movie because it was catapulted by a great story to start with. It’s just too bad that the story is filled with people who are such assholes. But that’s the human condition, isn’t it?