- Biography and Society
Meet Harley: If only he could bring his lawyerly powers of persuasion to dating, his quest to woo the woman of his dreams might not end in an MMA ring.
- Show treatment
“I save people”. This is what Harley, a successful, long-haired, bowtie-wearing criminal defense attorney, tells people walking through the door of his opulent office in a gang-infested neighborhood of Paterson, New Jersey. His clients are the most despised people in society: serial killers, gang members, sexual predators. Murder trials are his passion and the streets are his territory.
On the outside, Harley is a confident, brash, Ferrari-driving 51-year-old lawyer, who lives with his mother and relishes taking the side of the underdog and fighting prosecutors and police officers. On the inside, he is still deeply scarred by the bully who antagonized him in high school and he has been struggling with own sense of insecurity.
One day, Harley meets the woman of his dreams online. She is bodybuilding model, 20 years his junior and she already has a boyfriend. In an attempt to conquer her, Harley embarks on an ambitious quest to prove to her he is more of a man than her fiancé. Inspired by his childhood hero Rocky Balboa, he decides to get in shape to fight in an underground mixed martial arts fight in Brazil against a much younger and stronger fighter.
As Harley trains to get in shape for the fight of his life, he continues to fight for murderers in seemingly hopeless trials. He struggles with health problems and with a sense of frustration born from his failure to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. Despite these setbacks, he is determined to fight and hopes that by going the distance, he will finally be able to prove himself and hold in his arms the woman he loves.
- Running time
- 69 and 44 minutes
- Jean Cosme ... Director, Producer, Writer
- Prod. Co.
- JCDe Productions
- United States
- Years of Production
- Paterson, NJ; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Release year
- Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2020
- English, Spanish, Portuguese
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