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Play it to the Bone
Play it to the Bone
List Price: $9.99
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Avg. Customer Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars(based on 25 reviews)
Sales Rank: 19997
Category: DVD

Director: Ron Shelton
Publisher: Walt Disney Video
Studio: Walt Disney Video
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Video
Label: Walt Disney Video
Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), French (Original Language)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 125 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

ISBN: 6305874948
UPC: 717951009470
EAN: 0717951009470
ASIN: 6305874948

Release Date: June 13, 2000
Theatrical Release Date: January 21, 2000
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
Best friends Vince (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar (Antonio Banderas) are both down-on-their-luck boxers who've suddenly been given a highly visible fight and a promised shot at the middleweight title--only they're fighting each other. With Grace (Lolita Davidovich), Cesar's current girlfriend and Vince's ex, they drive to Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, the trip opens up hidden resentments, regrets, and mistakes from the past. What's more surprising is how meandering and shapeless Play It to the Bone is; writer-director Ron Shelton is responsible for such charming and sprightly sports films as Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, and Tin Cup, but boxing doesn't seem to have inspired him. The actual boxing match does achieve a kind of brutal energy, though it's curiously filled with gratuitous hallucinations of female nudity. Still, Harrelson and Banderas have a nice rapport, and in their best moments they just yammer at each other, not exactly listening but still communing in a kind of rhythmic groove. Also featuring Lucy Liu from TV's Ally McBeal and dozens of famous cameos at ringside during the bout. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews:   Read 20 more reviews...

1 out of 5 stars On my short-list of "Worst Movies Ever"   May 16, 2005
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

I'm a fan of schlock and b-movies, so I can't honestly say that "Play it to the Bone" is the worst movie I've ever seen, at least from a technical standpoint. The cinematography is alright. It features name actors and what appears to be a budget. Compared to some of the dreck I've waddled through over the years, "Play it to the Bone" at least meets some bare minimum threshold to qualify as a movie, and that's more than I can say for, say, "Burial Ground" or "Challenge of the Lady Ninja."

On the other hand, I can't think of any other movie that actually aspires to be good and fails so completely as this one. If a b-movie aspires to be an hour and a half of trashy entertainment, provided it doesn't bore me I'm more than willing to sit through plot gaps, eye-rolling dialogue, technical incompetence, etc. When a movie features Woody Harrelson and Antonio Bandares - not to mention a budget - I expect ... I don't know - a plot? Characters I care about? A laugh or two? Something?

I'm not going to bother to rehash what little plot you'll find in "Play it to the Bone." Just trust me on this on: About a half hour in, the movie turns into the most anoying and uneventful buddy flick you've ever seen. Neither of the main characters ever springs to life, which is even more incredible when you consider that Harrelson and Bandares seem to have some charisma. Absolutely nothing at all happens except for some "wacky hijinks" along the way that won't even make you smile. The climactic fight scene at the end is poorly shot and just ridiculous.

The only reason to see this movie is to witness maybe the most collosal waste of time, effort and money Hollywood has pinched off in years. Don't even consider renting this dreck.

1 out of 5 stars Worst Movie Ever   August 13, 2004
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson hook up with a current/ex girlfriend who gives them a ride to Vegas, where they will be boxing one another in a high profile bout. That is the basic premise of the film. At first glance, one would think that such a decent cast would make something of this movie.

Instead, we get a lot of useless yacking, arguing, and spilling of inner most secrets on the road that leave viewers yawning. How I made it to the last half hour of the movie still amazes me, because I did end up asking myself why I was watching this crap when there was probably a more interesting weather report on somewhere. The characters are not even remotely likable.

The fight itself is filled with confusing imagery that really makes little sense. Sex and boxing do not come together well.

This film is so bad that it isn't even entertaining in its horrendocity (new word?). There are bad films a person can watch without feeling as though they have been robbed of two hours of their life. This is not one of them, and I am confident in calling it the worst movie ever made.

I wouldn't recommend this movie to my worst enemy. If I could give it negative numbers of stars, I would.

3 out of 5 stars Offbeat, irreverent, and sometimes....... even funny   August 8, 2004
  3 out of 3 found this review helpful

This film has been knocked down more times than Dominguez and Boudreau in the climatic final fight scene. Sure the story was a bit uneven, but I still liked this quirky buddy/road trip movie for its unexpected and offbeat take that includes a seamier side of professional boxing. Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson are likeable stars and I thought they played off each other very well. While Harrelson is known to shift effortlessly from dramatic to comedic roles and back again, this was the first time I saw a lighter, more humorous side of Banderas and I thought he acquitted himself very well. Talented and sexy Lolita Davidovich as their street smart and savvy love interest was as much a welcomed casting choice as Lucy Liu's was a total waste of time other than being the object of Harrelson's vivid backseat description of her femininity prior to a hilarious if impromptu and primitive tryst. A host of cameo appearances fill out the rest of the card. Don't bring high expectations to the match and you won't be unduly disappointed, and you just may be mildly entertained for 2 hours.

4 out of 5 stars Pretty good despite bad reviews   November 22, 2002
  2 out of 4 found this review helpful

I don't know whether it is my own lack of intelligence, or this movie simply appeals to me for some reason - I don't even know why, but I really liked it. For some strange reason the movie felt refreshing, at times exciting and overall pleasant despite broken eyes, jaws and bloody everything at the end.

I thought the characters were plausible, actions and emotions were credible for the most part, music was good. It seemed like a medium-to small- budget movie, definitely off beat, but heck, it takes all kinds, doesn't it?

The only character I did not at all dig was Lucy Liu's. She simply was too trashy for my taste. Besides, I think she is too ugly to play an arm candy... But that's just my humble opinion.

2 out of 5 stars ...DEFINITELY A BIT WEAK   July 16, 2001
  2 out of 3 found this review helpful

My real rating is "2 & a Half Stars" for "Play It To The Bone" ....It is definitely weak in many areas, but it still managed to make me laugh more than a few times. Just go into it expecting a comedy instead of a serious boxing movie. The fight at the end was pretty realistic-looking and cool, even though the ending was very predictable. ....

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