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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Title Drop
- Wig, Dress, Accent: Mikey dresses up as a call girl for a job.
- Woman Scorned: Precious spills the beans on Vickie's whereabouts when the doctor cheats on her.