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01.08.09 55 Comments

Fighting, a first look at which I brought you yesterday, and which my friends at CagePotato have so astutely dubbed Not Another Teen Movie About Underground MMA, now has a trailer.  It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect, complete with shitty Linkin Park soundtrack and a Cung Le cameo.  The only surprise is that Channing Tatum’s character is more wigger-y than you’d expect.  I guess that’s supposed to differentiate it from Never Back Down, The O.C. of underground fight club movies.  But even if Fighting‘s slightly better at disguising its shameless pandering to whatever’s hip these days, I’m still giving Never Back Down the realism edge.  I just think underground fight clubs are more likely in the ‘burbs than in the ghetto.  No matter how good at Jiu-Jitsu you are, it’s still no match for Mexican Judo. …I mean, I didn’t mean to imply that only Mexicans live in the ghetto… I just meant that everyone in the ghetto has weapons. Because they’re minorities, you see. Wait! No, that came out wrong too… Crap, I’m gonna get letters about this aren’t I.

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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