Although the story was inspiring and touching, I cannot recommend this movie as one that you would want to live in or one that is aesthetically pleasing. Far from it. Crack houses, crack whores, dismal circumstances and rundown gyms – not appealing. It created a sense that if you were involved in this life, everything would be very, very smelly. Body odour, cigarette smoke, crack-stench (whatever that smells like) and lots and lots of sweat. The clothing and hairstyles are not at all flattering – even though the film takes place in the mid-’90s, the people in this small town look like they will forever be stuck in the 1980s.
All the women look trashy and hideous. So do the men. Yuck! Even Amy Adams who I can see appealing to some people (she’s not my personal favorite) looked quite skanky. And Christian Bale – eek! Definitely not his most flattering appearance. However, the one saving grace for the eyes is the handsome Mark Wahlberg. Very nice, VERY nice. Luckily he has a lot of screen time and is often showcasing his best assets.
Thank you for bringing beauty to this movie, Marky Mark.