Peaceful Warrior: Chuck Zlotnick
Scott Brown
May 31, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Peaceful Warrior

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Limited Release Date
06/02/06
performer
Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart
director
Victor Salva
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Kevin Bernhardt
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

In the ranks of improbable gymnastics coaches, Nick Nolte falls just below the cartoon version of Mr. T (whose adventures on the parallel bars I suggest you YouTube). Nolte plays ”Socrates,” a magical blue-collar Buddha who gruffly Yodas a college gymnast named Dan Millman (Scott Mechlowicz). The real Millman’s personal-growth classic Way of the Peaceful Warrior is the source for Peaceful Warrior, this self-congratulatory self-help seminar, which plays as high comedy, thanks to Nolte’s slurry sensei. Let’s just say he smells (to the cynic) a little more Tsingtao than Tao.

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