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Girlfight is a 2000 American sports drama written and directed by Karyn Kusama and starring Michelle Rodriguez.

In Brooklyn, frustrated teenager Diana Guzman takes up boxing as an outlet for her anger. Despite facing disapproval from her father and a lack of enthusiasm from her potential trainers, she pursues the sport and begins fighting competitively.


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  • Defeat Means Friendship: Diana and Adrian's relationship begins after he beats her in a boxing match.
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  • Driven to Suicide: According to Diana, her mom committed suicide because of the abuse she suffered at her father's hands.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In the beginning of the film, Diana has so much difficulty controlling her anger that she starts fights at school.
  • Papa Wolf: While Sandro is not the world's greatest dad by any stretch of the imagination, he still goes and confronts Adrian after the latter accidentally gives Diana a black eye during a sparring match.
  • Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child: Sandro wants Tiny to become a professional boxer and Diana to become a homemaker, but Tiny would rather be an artist and Diana would rather fight.
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