What You Need To Know:
The early fight scenes are not well-staged. Denard is an overblown character. Unfortunately, no one among the cast can act. Therefore, those who are wise will be the ones who duck AMERICAN KICKBOXER.
(LLL, VV, S) 62 obscenities and 11 profanities, moderate violence, implied sexual immorality, and tasteless sexual references.
Fans of the martial-arts genre won’t get any kicks out of AMERICAN KICKBOXER, a dismal film about a kickboxer who, after he is convicted of manslaughter, struggles to rebuild his life.
As middle-weight champion of the world, B.J. Quinn is imprisoned for accidentally killing his best friend during a pool side skirmish. Suspended from fighting, Quinn serves a 10-month jail-term. Upon his release, he agrees to judge a championship fight in which Jacques Denard, the current world champion, defends the title.
Denard’s arrogance inflames Quinn. A journalist named Willard, who would like to see a match between these two enemies, also antagonizes Quinn. The breaking point comes at another pool party where Quinn, drunk and out of shape, picks a fight with Denard.
Quinn takes a lashing from Denard and goes into seclusion at a beach cottage where he begins some rigorous training. However, with everything gone, Quinn thinks of himself as a loser. Then, Willard shows up with a challenge from Denard: he wants to fight Quinn for money, thereby skirting the court-ruling that prohibits Quinn from fighting in the ring. Quinn’s girlfriend convinces him not to fight. However, if Quinn didn’t change his mind, then this grade-B story wouldn’t have an ending.
The early fight scenes are contrived and not well-staged. As the bully, Denard is an overblown character. He believes that even a smile is a sign of weakness.
Unfortunately, no one else among the cast can act. Therefore, those who are wise will be the ones who duck AMERICAN KICKBOXER.