20 January 2005 | cdn_moviefan
A Place To Belong & Excel
The Kid looks at the usual teen issues: Peer pressure, guardian limits on independence, and finding something to be good at. This may be the main theme: Craving an adult role model. "Jimmy," has a father: In real life, most boys wait listed for a Big Brother role model won't get one. So many boxing movies appear the same, because their stories are always similar. Puberty and bullying aren't original either. "Jason," mentions boxing's safer than hockey - true for legit youth boxing clubs. "Jimmy," hits pay dirt, with an encouraging mentor who believes in him. Boxing's aerobic/mental demands contrast with Jimmy's home life: A denial of maturity & little boost to self-esteem. The Kid is a made in Canada product. You can see the social culture influence, and restrictions placed on the making of this movie. There are no doubts what the characters are about. Movies similar in theme are: Youngblood and Billy Elliott. Was this originally meant to be a made for TV movie? It's how I watched it. My understanding is Disney is (now?) involved somehow, so obviously there aren't any blood and guts. It was enjoyable to watch a Cdn spin on timeless stories. To delve any further than that, try a documentary or biography channel.