4. Against the Ropes (2004)
Director: Charles S. Dutton
Stars: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Charles S. Dutton, Tony Shalhoub, Timothy Daly, Kerry Washington
Our bad: While putting together our list of the 10 lamest white savior movies, we totally overlooked Charles S. Dutton's all-around pedestrian biopic Against the Ropes, about a Jewish woman, Jackie Kallen (played by Meg Ryan), who successfully manages troubled black boxer Luther Shaw (Omar Epps). Or, on second thought, Against the Ropes seems more worthy of the inevitable, more bluntly titled Shittiest White Savior Movies list.
Just in case you didn't realize, Kallen was one feisty, take-no-prisoners chick, and Dutton was determined to hammer that point over any and all viewers' unfortunate heads. Against the Ropes forgoes any real character development in favor of concealed feminism, finding every possible way to accentuate Kallen's resiliency, from telling off employers to confidently strutting through inner city projects with a "Yeah, I'm white, so what" demeanor. And she does it all with a goofily exaggerated Detroit accent, which Ryan fumbles through for nearly two hours' worth of laughably bad "inspirational" dialogue.