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Starring: Halle Berry, Shamier Anderson, Adan Canto, Sheila Atim, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Valentina Shevchenko, Adriane Lenox
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix sports drama directed by Halle Berry. Bruised (2021) follows disgraced mixed martial arts fighter Jackie Justice (Halle Berry), who is coaxed into an underground fight by her manager and boyfriend, Desi (Adan Canto), and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter (Shamier Anderson), who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.), the son she gave up as an infant, shows up at her doorstep.
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Desi: What’s missing from my neck, Jacqueline, is my fourteen karat Golden Gloves pendant. That I’ll have to hock for cash to pay your now former employer, and beg her not to press charges on you for assaulting a kid, and destroying his phone. What the f***’s the matter with you? You’re assaulting kids, now? Is that really necessary?
Jackie Justice: That was super necessary.
Desi: [to Jackie] You were born to fight. Born to fight. I mean, that s**t was God-given. What do you do instead? You want to f***ing fight me.
Jackie Justice: I don’t want to fight. How many f***ing times do I got to tell you that? I’m happy!
Desi: You’re happy. You’re happy scrubbing toilets for snobby rich-a** m**herf***ers? That fulfills your f***ing purpose?
Jackie Justice: You’re a lousy-a** manager! That’s why. You’re a f***ing drunk, that couldn’t a goddamn manage a popsicle stand.
Desi: That’s what you f***ing think of me?
Jackie Justice: You’re a part-time limo driver and a full-time loser! That’s what you are!
Jackie Justice: [after she’s forced to fight] I ain’t never going to forgive you.
Desi: For what, babe?
Jackie Justice: For this s**t.
Desi: Look at you. What you talking about? You’re alive again.
Immaculate: [to Jackie] You used to be in the UFC, huh? Yeah, I got mad love for the UFC. Look, how about this? How about you fight in my league, and I’ll get you back in the UFC?
Angel: If it ain’t Muhammad Ali.
Jackie Justice: What you doing here?
Angel: Haven’t heard from her in years, and that’s our welcome. Well, I got a nice surprise for you.
Angel: [to Jackie, referring to Manny] That’s your son. That baby, the one you dumped on his dad? Yeah, well his daddy died.
Desi: What do you talking about the father died?
Angel: Bullet to the head. She told me Manny senior worked undercover and he got got. Little Manny here witnessed it, but he ain’t talking.
Angel: [to Jackie] Look, this ain’t my mess. This is your mess. For once in your life, girl, handle your business.
Desi: Jackie can’t take on a kid. I mean, look at her. She’s a f***ing fighter.
Angel: One hell of a fighter. That look like a big-a** winner to you?
Desi: [to Manny, referring to the bruises on Jackie’s face] Oh, no, no. She just fell down a flight of stairs. Normally, she ain’t that ugly.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: You used to be Jackie Justice, right?
Jackie Justice: Still am.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: Oh, yeah? We’ll see. Well, you had your fifteen minutes of fame. Why are you here?
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: [referring to Jackie] I’m sorry, I just don’t see it. She came in here stinking of cigarettes. She’s full of self-pity. Her technique is lacking. And she’s f***ing old.
Immaculate: Yeah, she’s still got something.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: Well, let her join the MILF league then.
Immaculate: You got to get her mad. Jackie, she’s a whole other fighter when she’s mad. Believe me. For real. I mean I’ve seen her fights on YouTube. That s**t she did last night to Werewolf? I mean, she made that b**ch look like a chihuahua.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: I got five other girls, all stronger, faster, younger. And none of them ever did what she did in a fight that big.
Immaculate: Yeah, because none of them ever been in a fight that big, and none of them have ever fought in the UFC. Jackie, she was killing game in the UFC.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: [to Jackie] I’m only going to say this once. I want you here every day on time. I ain’t asking for one hundred percent. I want two-fifty. You got any excuses, you give them to me now.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: You don’t look like no UFC, Justice!
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: You know better than that. Don’t you ever not protect yourself in my ring again. Do you hear me? You hear me?
Jackie Justice: Yeah.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: Okay, you’re done, Betty White!
Pops: Betty White ain’t no slouch.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: I tried to make you quit. But you just wouldn’t die, would you?
Jackie Justice: I just got a kid.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: Oh, s**t. Newborn?
Jackie Justice: Six.
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: Adopted?
Jackie Justice: Nope. Mine. But that’s a long story. I’m going to have to tell you that another time.
Jackie Justice: You got a kid?
Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa: Short story. I’ll tell you another time.
Jackie Justice: [referring to Manny] Why would you put the boy’s papers in the oven?
Angel: The oven don’t work. I puts my things in there. Thieves, and burglars, and junkies, ain’t none of them clever enough to look in the damn oven.
Jackie Justice: [to Manny] So you ain’t talking. And I guess now you ain’t eating. Look, I know you don’t know me. And guess what? I don’t know you either. We strangers right now. But what I do know is, you’re going to have to eat, and you’re going to have to start talking. Because I’m all you got.
Immaculate: You know, when I got out, a man gave me a second chance, Jackie. Now a few years later, I’m sitting here with you. Offering you a chance. To fight for the flyweight championship belt against Lady Killer on January 24th.
Immaculate: Listen, a lot of people, man, they saw what you did in the UFC. Hey, you was bad b**ch then. Damn! But that was like what, four years ago, or some s**t? Yeah. Well, now, this is your shot, Jackie. This is your shot to show the UFC, to show all of them the real Jackie Justice. You feel me? You going to take it?
Jackie Justice: A title fight? Yeah, I’m going to take it.
Immaculate: [referring to Desi] You were ten-and-oh. On track for a title fight. And then your mans got desperate and threw you in a match you weren’t even close to being ready for, and you became a joke. Yeah, you, Jackie. You.
Immaculate: [referring to Desi] Look, I get it. To his face, I’ll always be respectful, that I promise you. But your man’s incompetent, Jackie. And this is why he has no other fighters. And everyone knows it. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. I bet you haven’t slept good in the past four years, huh? I know. So maybe this is your shot for you to lay your head down at night on your pillow with dignity again. Dignity, Jackie. And maybe a championship belt.
Desi: What did you sign, Jackie? How could you sign anything without me?
Jackie Justice: Because, I’m grown. You don’t tell me what to do!