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This article is about the 2000 film. For the 2011 television film, see Girl Fight. For for other uses, see Girlfight (disambiguation).
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Karyn Kusama
Produced by Sarah Green
Martha Griffin
Maggie Renzi
Written by Karyn Kusama
Starring Michelle Rodriguez
Jaime Tirelli
Paul Calderón
Santiago Douglas
Music by Gene McDaniels
Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Patrick Cady
Edited by Plummy Tucker
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates January 22, 2000 (Sundance)
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,666,028[1]

Girlfight is a 2000 American sports drama film the debut of screenwriter and director, Karyn Kusama and is also Michelle Rodriguez's first film and breakout role. It follows Diana Guzman, a troubled teen who decides to channel her aggression by training to become a boxer, despite the skepticism of both her abusive father and the prospective trainers in the male-dominated sport.

The film won the Director's Award the Grand Jury Prize (tied with Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me) at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. It also won the Award of the Youth at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Rodriguez also accumulated numerous awards and nominations, including major acting accolades from the National Board of Review, Deauville Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, Las Vegas Film Critics Sierra Awards, and many others.


Reception[edit] gave the film three and a half stars out of four stating, "From first-time director Karyn Kusama, Girlfight is a well crafted and emotionally satisfying debut."[2] David Denby of The New Yorker felt that "The movie may be naïve and underdone, but it has a new, live subject and, in Rodriguez, a powerhouse star who could go a long way."[3]


  1. ^ "Girlfight (2000)". Box Office Mojo. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Review: Girlfight". Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ Denby, David (October 2, 2000). "Girlfight". The New Yorker. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 

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Preceded by
Three Seasons
Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
tied with You Can Count on Me
Succeeded by
The Believer