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Saturday, 18 September 2010
08:40:20 PM (GMT)


If you ever get a chance to pass up one certain movie, do it without hesitation.

3 words.

"Million Dollar Baby."
I had to watch this movie through in school for a project on "quality of life."
(Which, also, is kinda something that didn't need this movie as an example.)
We watched this over the course of two days.
The first day, nothing was wrong with it.
The story is mainly about a 30-something female who has had a crappy life and finds
boxing the only thing that makes her happy. She eventually gets trained by a beat-up
gym owner who has regrets from previous fighters he trained including Morgan Freeman
as a janitor who's blind in one eye and lives in the gym. 
Now, hold on, wait a minute. A boxer from the pits being trained in boxing by an old
gym owner? This sounds like Rocky, only with boobs!
So, watching the first half, it DID look like Rocky. There was a training montage and
she even got a Gaelic nickname, sorta like how Rocky is the Italian Stallion.

It isn't until the second half of the movie that it starts to get really friggin'

At first, we're in a million dollar fight for welterweight title. It looks like it
should be the climax, but wait, we're only halfway through. What else is there?
Well, at first, our main gets pounded a bit by this character who's like an
African-american female Ivan Drago. Eventually, she starts winning, but after a round
finishes, the female character whacks her right as she's walking back to her corner!
IN THE HEAD! Dude, that CAN'T be a legal move! How did nobody catch that??
Not only does she gets hit illegally, she falls onto her own stool and breaks her
spine, causing her to become a quadriplegic and need a respirator! We see her go to a
rehab center and...this doesn't feel like a boxing movie anymore, and it's really
depressing. Her family comes and tries to get her to write off all her assets to
them, like they know she's a goner. The whole family are assholes. You just wanna
punch them.
After awhile, she asks her coach to HELP HER DIE.
...That's not depressing at all! (Sarcasm.)
After he refuses, he goes home, only to get a phone call saying that she tried biting
her tongue over and over again, trying to bleed to death, and the image we see when
he arrives there is just...disturbing...or at least I found it disturbing.
After consulting a priest/father character on what to do, he decided to help her die
in this weird way that "won't upset God" or something. He pulls off her respirator,
and injects her with a whole bunch of adrenaline, which does her in. After that, the
coach vanishes and... that's it.

What a depressing movie.
After finishing it up, I couldn't even work because I was so disturbed at the
depressing-ness of this movie. I'm already a pretty depressed person, so that movie
was TOTALLY not what I needed. Everybody else just seemed to brush it off, but I
couldn't help but have a bad taste in my mouth after watching it. There's not ONE
upside to the whole ending. At all!

After getting home that day, I told my parents about it. My mom was shocked they
showed us that movie, but my dad was just like "Not all movies have happy endings."
I think he only said that because it had Clint Eastwood. =_=

The strangest thing I find is that... this movie was actually a hit when it came
Yeah, it grossed about $216,000,000!
What the hell?! How??

According to Wikipedia, and it sums up my reaction almost exactly...

"Michael Medved stated that: 'My main objection to Million Dollar Baby always
centered on its misleading marketing, and effort by Warner Brothers to sell it as a
movie about a female Rocky, with barely a hint of the pitch-dark substance that led
Andrew Sarris of the New York Observer to declare that 'no movie in my memory has
depressed me more than Million Dollar Baby.'"

Final words?

*sigh of relief for releasing pent anger*

CrazyMeaghanJellieBeanie says:   18 September 2010   892184  
Too Bad I CAN'T Avoid It T-T'
We're Watching It Soon But Right Now We're Doing Some Poetry. I Feel
Bad You Had To See It FIrst o.O
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   18 September 2010   970831  
I WISH we were doing poetry instead of...this.

Well, at least I warned you. Come into the movie prepared, it's really
really REALLY depressing. 
CrazyMeaghanJellieBeanie says:   18 September 2010   616137  
Haha I Know Right?

I'm Sure It Is And I'll Do My Best To Draw On Paper And Avoid It XD
When We WERE Doing "Quality Of Life" Stuff We Got This Survery Sheet
That Had Stiupd Questions Like:

What Do You Think About People Commiting Suicide?
And The Only Answers Were: Yes, Maybe, AND NO, Like Wtf? Better
Answers Than That Please, So I Just Wrote, Idk! 
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   18 September 2010   955853  
I may not like poetry, but at least that's relatively tame.

I only got that yesterday, and I haven't filled it out.
But I saw a few questions like that too and I just went "...What the
I mean, honestly, how are you supposed to answer that? 
CrazyMeaghanJellieBeanie says:   18 September 2010   123909  
Ah I Only Don't Like It Because I Can't Rhyme XD

I Know Right! I Mean How Can You Answer Those Questions With, Yes, No
Or Maybe?! You'd Need To FILL It Out Is What I'm Saying! And Some Of
Them Just Don't Make Any Sense. 
‹❄Shexia: The Wintery Archer❄› says:   18 September 2010   745605  
 Look on the bright side: they didn't make you watch
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   18 September 2010   498073  
...Good point. 
‹❄Shexia: The Wintery Archer❄› says:   18 September 2010   105993  
‹SqueeneyTodd› says:   18 September 2010   995714  
Meh, I'll probably have to watch it eventually. I'm good with
depressing movies, though.
Breakthrough says:   19 September 2010   270905  
So a teacher showed their students that movie? Wow. I WILL avoid it.
Thanks for the warning (:
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   19 September 2010   875256  
You're welcome.

I just really don't want people who haven't seen it to go really
Breakthrough says:   19 September 2010   560356  
Had the teacher seen it beforehand? 
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   19 September 2010   535490  
I'm sure she had, because she warned us of visuals that are to be
expected in boxing movies, like broken noses and stuff. 
Breakthrough says:   19 September 2010   167663  
...Strange woman, letting kids see that kind of thing... I'm fine with
them seeing boxing stuff, but that ending... woah. 
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   19 September 2010   833261  

...Man, I don't know WHAT she was thinking. 
Kirti says:   19 September 2010   243195  
Tragedies sell worse in the United States than any other movie genre-
maybe it's be best to look into whether that figure is the same in

You have to respect the screen play writer... He obviously fit it to
classic Grecko-Roman tragedies perfectly. Life falls apart, character
trys to fix it, life falls further apart, character dies.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up. Ganna aviod this one, deferdoodles
about that. D:
CrazyMeaghanJellieBeanie says:   19 September 2010   869763  
Hmm I Think Canada Is Actually Sick With Depressing Movies XD But Who
Knew America Liked Them So Much?! 
Kirti says:   19 September 2010   553975  
No no, tragedies always do terribly here! Like I said, they sell worse
than every other genre. Americans don't want to watch or reading
anything with a sad ending. 
‹ㅑJïNxㅜㅇNㅕ› says:   20 September 2010   103459  
Thanks for the heads up. O.O
sounds like a 3 hour+ movie, and i don't have that much time to sit
around and cry.. 
But atleast tell me.
Were the fight scenes cool? Like, did something cool happen when they
were fighting, anything street fighter-ish? xD
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   20 September 2010   290848  
No, not really. It was just chicks punching each other's faces. Most
of the matches we see don't last longer then a round. Apparently, our
female lead is SO good at boxing after a bit of training, she hits
everybody out in the first round. (Which I find a bit far-fetched.) 
‹ㅑJïNxㅜㅇNㅕ› says :   20 September 2010   187301  
Oh. Bummer.
Well i guess i'll steer clear of that flick.
Thanks again for the heads up.

I'm just sorry u had to watch it. 

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