The story is sluggish, but the solid performances of Wahlberg, Bale and Adams keep it interesting. It's the typical tale of a person who works his way up to the top despite hardship, thanks to and in this case despite of the love of his friends and family. No wonder it is loved in the US, it reminds people of the illustrious American dream. The accomplishments of Micky Ward are commendable, but the story really isn't that interesting. But the acting performances make it worth a watch.