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Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has soared into the top 10 most-watched movies on Netflix in just its first few days there. In a 2015 release, Antoine Fuqua helms the film. In addition to Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams, the cast also includes Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
Gyllenhaal plays Billy, a Light Heavyweight champion, in this boxing film. Billy’s life is derailed by tragedy, but he is determined to keep fighting and save his profession.
Although Southpaw only became available on Netflix on November 24 (H/T ComicBook.com), it is already in the top six of the service’s daily US top 10 (opens in new tab) in terms of popularity.
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Where the Crawdads Sing (which has an unexpected finale and is generating a sensation) tops the list, followed by Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich, The Noel Diary, Slumberland, and The Swimmers. The remaining four films in the US top 10 are The Lost Patient, Lesson Plan, The Bad Guys, and Christmas on Mistletoe Farm.
Is Southpaw on Netflix?
A streaming version of Southpaw is available on Netflix. There are three different monthly subscription prices for access to Netflix’s extensive library of titles: $9.99 for the basic plan, $15.49 for the standard plan, and $19.99 for the premium plan.
Southpaw Cast Members
Take a look at the southpaw cast members below:
- Jake Gyllenhaal
- Forest Whitaker
- Rachel McAdams
- Naomie Harris
- 50 Cent
- Oona Laurence
- Skylan Brooks
- Beau Knapp
- Victor Ortiz
- Rita Ora
Quick Facts Table Of Southpaw
|Release Date||July 24, 2015|
|Starring||Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker|
|Running Time||2 hours, 4 minutes|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||66%|
Southpaw Review: What Can We Expect From It?
Actors looking for a platform to demonstrate their manliness often succumb to the allure of boxing movies. While it is possible to pretend to play a pugilist, doing so will require you to pump up; and if things are done genuinely, there is no telling whether or not your attractive face will be permanently transformed in the process.
It’s Jake Gyllenhaal’s transformation into a bumbling, mumbling slab of battered meatloaf that draws audiences to Southpaw, directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of champion bruiser Billy Hope, who had it everything, loses it all, and finally travels the well-trodden Hollywood highway Redemption Road, is as intense as one could anticipate. Southpaw, written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, is closer to Rocky than Raging Bull, despite some ferociously Scorsese-esque effects in the showdowns that bookend the film.
The cliches include the orphanage upbringing, the devoted wife (Rachel McAdams), the ascetic guru trainer (Forest Whitaker), the young daughter Billy must win back, etc. Like a ring melodrama from the 1930s, but with more lifestyle bling and hyper-professional whoomph.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Find Southpaw to Stream It?
Currently, “Southpaw” may be viewed on Netflix instant play.
Was the Movie Southpaw Inspired by a Genuine Story?
While the events depicted in Southpaw are fictitious, they were influenced by the life of musician Eminem. Kurt Sutter, the director, and writer of the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring boxing thriller envisioned Eminem as the film’s antagonist. Southpaw was written by Sutter, an avid fan of Eminem’s music, as a sort of unofficial sequel to 8 Mile.
What is Southpaw Movie About?
Junior middleweight boxing champion Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) lives a privileged lifestyle with his beautiful wife and adorable daughter. When catastrophe strikes, however, Billy loses everything—his loved ones, his home, and even his manager.
A former boxer himself, Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker) now teaches the city’s toughest amateur boxers and gradually becomes his unlikely savior. Hope risks everything in a bid to win back the affection and support of people who matter to him most.