If you didn’t heed my earlier advice (scroll down to read it) that you see Cinderella Man over the weekend, I’ll give you more reason to go.
Over on the Touchstone Magazine blog, Russell Moore quotes Frederica Matthews-Green, a fine writer in her own right, who says of Cinderella Man:
“Cinderella Man is not really a movie about boxing, it’s a movie about what it means to be a man. In the character of Jim Braddock, we can read what today’s audiences are wistful for: a man who works hard to support his wife and kids, who teaches his kids to be honest, who communicates his delight in his wife with every glance. As Mae says to Jim in a late scene, “You’re the Bulldog of Bergen, the Pride of New Jersey, you’re everybody’s hope, you’re your kids’ hero, and the champion of my heart.” Do they make them like that any more?”
She’s absolutely correct. I had a similar impression about the movie’s depiction of manhood (and family) but am not as eloquent in writing it. By the way, in case you’re still afraid it’s just a guys-night-out movie, my wife wants to see it again. We both loved it.