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Film: Shadowboxer

Shadowboxer is a 2005 film starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren and Mo'Nique. It was the debut of Lee Daniels, who by then had already served as a producer for Monsters Ball, and went on to direct Precious.

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  • Back-Alley Doctor: The credentials, however dubious, are there; still, he never asks questions, and all his patients seem to belong to the wrong side of the law.
  • Black Gal on White Guy Drama: The doctor (white) and Precious (black)
  • Book Ends: The movie opens and ends with a child learning to use a gun for the first time.
  • Cake Eater: Mikey and Rose.
  • The Cameo: Macy Gray is onscreen for just a few minutes.
  • Dye or Die: Played with. Rose cuts Vickie's hair so that it will fit under a blonde wig. After a few years have passed, Vickie's hair has grown back and she's not wearing the wig anymore.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
  • Fingore
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Played with.
  • Infant Immortality: The reason Mikey ended up being raised by Rose.
    • Vanessa Ferlito's character is heavily pregnant when her would-be killers meet her. They spare her. And the person who wanted her dead? The baby's father.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Clayton when distracted by voices in the next room.
  • Mercy Kill: Mikey to Rose.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: A justified example. Helen Mirren's "American accent" slips up but her character mentions "when I came to this country" implying that she is probably English and her natural accent has simply faded.
  • Parental Incest: Mikey and his stepmother Rose.
  • Professional Killer: Mikey and Rose.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Scrawny Joseph Gordon Levitt with portly Mo'nique.
  • Title Drop
  • Where Da White Women At?: Mikey has two love interests over the course of the movie, both white women. Rose then later Vickie.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Mikey dresses up as a call girl for a job. Also Vickie wears a wig for years to hide her identity.
  • Woman Scorned: Precious spills the beans on Vickie's whereabouts when the doctor cheats on her.
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alternative title(s): Shadowboxer
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