There aren’t a lot of kids movies out at the end of the summer so my dad and I went to see “Resurrecting the Champ” the other day and I’m glad we did.
The movie is rated PG-13 for some boxing violence and fighting scenes, but it’s appropriate for kids, say, 10 and older, especially if they follow sports.
“Resurrecting the Champ” is based on a true story about a sportswriter for the Denver Times newspaper (played by Josh Hartnett) who meets a former professional boxer who is living on the streets. Samuel L. Jackson plays the homeless boxer.
The story of the boxer is printed in a magazine and it makes the writer a star, but then something happens that I don’t want to give away, and it changes everything.
“Resurrecting the Champ” teaches some nice lessons about the importance of family, doing the right thing and telling the truth. There are some funny moments and it’s also very touching.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “Resurrecting the Champ” gets a B. It’s the first boxing movie I’ve seen since “Rocky Balboa” and, I’ve got to tell you, I liked it almost as much.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities since he was 6 years old. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest appeared in the first. Seacrest was a VIP guest at a local telethon. Jackson, a big fan of “Idol”, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since then Jackson’s collection of photos with stars from film, TV, stage and sports has grown to over 400. Every one represents a special moment in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson and includes its own unique backstory.