Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from "Stronger."
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"Stronger" is about a survivor but it is not a feel-good movie. In 2013, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman went to watch his ex-girlfriend, Erin Hurley, run the Boston Marathon. An Associated Press photograph of a bloodied and gravely injured Bauman, being wheeled away from the site by a man in a cowboy hat, became an icon of that terrorist attack.Jake Gyllenhaal plays Bauman as a regular local guy with an affable demeanor.Bauman's family is loud and brash – an unflattering and classist depiction of people in crisis that is more exaggerated as the movie goes on.Then there's Bauman, who is in excruciating pain.The film indulges in showing Bauman's hardships and the unique trauma of his public celebrity.In real life, Bauman and Hurley divorced earlier this year but this movie is not a love story.The most powerful moment comes late in the film with the man in the cowboy hat.
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