Ali

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2001
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Synopsis

Will Smith, certainly delivering the performance of his career, plays the flamboyant and opinionated boxer Mohammad Ali in this exciting bio-drama. The film covers a decade of his life beginning with Ali’s rise to the heavyweight crown by beating reigning champion Sonny Liston. The film then follows Ali through various dealings with the government and the nation of Islam, a controversial group at times, of which he is a prominent member. Ali becomes interested in the Nation of Islam before he takes the heavyweight title from Liston. Early on, one of his closest friends and advisers is the militant Malcom X.

Director Michael Mann portrays Ali with the eye of an admiring observer, although he appears to give a fair presentation with the inclusion of flaws, particularly concerning Ali’s relationships with women. The best scenes occur when Ali is in front of news cameras, spouting off his characteristic rhymes and insults to other boxers. Smith’s background as a rap artist helps his portrayal especially comes alive at these moments.

Dove Review

The movie’s foul language is relatively light for an R-rated film, but it does include six obscenities, and God’s name taken in vain once. One graphic sex scene is shown with Ali and his future wife, although no nudity is revealed. Because of foul language and a graphic sex scene, we cannot recommend stepping into the ring with “Ali.”

Content Description

Sex: One graphic sex scene between Ali and his future wife, although no nudity is shown.
Language: Six obscenities, including God's name used in vain once.
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Info

Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Director: Michael Mann
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 165 min.
Industry Rating: R
Starring: Will Smith
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - John Adair