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RT: 93 min
Fran Whiteway (Marthe Bernard, Republic of Doyle) is eighteen and a real firecracker. More than anything else, Fran dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. And more than anything else, her single-father Whitey (Robb Wells, Trailer Park Boys) doesn't want her to become one. That's because Whitey, now lost in his 40s, used to be a wrestler, as did his wife Roxy (Janet Kidder, Magic Beyond Words), who died when Fran was a toddler. Whitey doesn't like to talk about it but clearly he had his heart broken in and around the ring and he'll be damned if he's going to let his little girl go down the same path he did. However, when Whitey's onetime partner Jimmy "Dark Thunder" Langdon (Tony Nappo, Saw II), a colourful showman at best, a self-serving con-artist at worst, comes to town with his wrestling tour, Fran can't help checking things out. When she finds out from Jimmy that Whitey lied about her mother being dead, Fran has had enough. She leaves home and joins Jimmy's tour. Whitey is devastated, and while he tries to track his daughter down, Fran learns the ropes of the wrestling game from Jimmy and his handsome nephew Michael, who she begins to fall for. Fran also does some tracking down of her own and tries to find her mother. When Whitey finally does find Fran, he tries to make her come home with him but no matter how much pressure he puts on his daughter, or how many crazy stunts he pulls, she sticks to her guns.
Fran's position is strengthened when Roxy answers her call and comes to town. Sparks fly once more between her parents and this sends Jimmy over the top – he always had a thing for Roxy. Determined to show up the hated Whitey once and for all, Jimmy humiliates Fran in the ring – the "beat down" of the title – and feeling betrayed by everyone but Whitey, a broken-hearted Fran returns home where she admits her father was right – dreams do hurt. But that's not the end of our story. Roxy pays a visit to her daughter and explains some things. She tells her that the reason she left in the first place was she had an affair with Jimmy all those years ago. This ended her marriage and also the wrestling partnership between Whitey and Jimmy. Roxy explains that although her parents both screwed up that is no reason for Fran to throw her dreams away. Life might be tough at times but you have to keep going anyway. This really gets through to Fran and with her mother's help she tricks Whitey into showing up at the local arena on wrestling night so that daughter and father can take on the bad guy…together.