Nobody who saw director Philippe Falardeau’s award winning “Monsieur Lazhar” in 2011 would have imagined this. “Lazhar” was followed by two more touchy-feely up close and personal films about unique immigrant experiences. “Chuck,” which premiered at NYC’s 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, is the polar opposite.
Born and bred in New Jersey, Chuck Wepner — aka the “Bayonne Bleeder” — had a preternatural ability to take a punch. He was not that good at dodging or delivering them, and he was anything but Muhammad Ali’s gym rat. But he stayed standing when anybody else would have fallen. (CONTINUED)