Last week's retrospective of David O. Russell's career had me thinking of a new category: Movie with the Biggest Heart. The Fighter may vie with Toy Story 3, but in the end would topple all contenders.
Most fight movies are very much alike. This one, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, broke no new ground, but if you're a movie buff and looking to add another "round" to your repertoire, go see it.
President Obama, as I know Ted Sorensen told you, words are how a president operates, how a president engages a country. Put up your rhetorical dukes -- we know it's what you're good at when you want to be, and the spirit moves you.
Warts and all, The Fighter is a completely entertaining and compelling character study. It may be just another 'underdog attempts to triumph with the help of a trusted girlfriend' fable, but thanks to the cast, it's a darn-good entry in a well-worn genre.