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Ready to Rumble (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 7 April 2000 (USA)
Two slacker wrestling fans are devastated by the ousting of their favorite character by an unscrupulous promoter.

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Two dimwit sewage workers watch their hero, WCW wrestler Jimmy King, get screwed out of the World title by wrestler Diamond Dallas Page and evil WCW owner Titus Sinclair. They embark on a quest to help their hero win his title - and honor - back. Features cameos by lots of WCW wrestlers. Written by Greg Popil

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They're headed for the big time... face first. See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language, crude humor, sexual content including brief nudity, and wrestling violence | See all certifications »

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7 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,257,778, 9 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,372,410, 21 May 2000
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Trivia

WWE Superstar John Cena can be seen background in the gym scene where Goldberg appears the first time. See more »

Goofs

During Gordy's daydream sequence, the mean clerk says the purple sugar slush is $1.26. When Gordy is snapped out of his daydreaming and goes to get a refill, the sign on the slush machine says the price is $1.25. See more »

Quotes

Goldberg: Can you... say it now?
Cashier: I'm your bitch and you're my daddy.
Jimmy King: Rolled right off his tongue.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes and additional scenes run during the first half of the credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Rocky III (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Diamond Dallas Page (King Of Ba-Da-Bing) Theme
Written, Produced and Performed by Dweezil Zappa
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13 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

This movie came along at a strange time pro wrestling. Pro wrestling had become the hottest thing on premium TV with the years leading up to the this movie's production being dubbed "The Monday Night Wars" due to WCW's Monday Nitro running straight up against WWE's Monday Night Raw. In late 1996, Hulk Hogan's morph into Hollywood Hogan made the company number 1 and Nitro beat regularly beat Raw for almost 2 years straight. It was also an incredibly profitable time for the Time Warner company. Newer rival stars like the WWE's The Rock and Steve Austin were getting offers for movies and television so WCW management at the time decided it was time to shoot a film. It was released by spring 2000.

It starred Scott Caan, David Arquette, Oliver Platt, Joe Pantoliano, "Diamond" Dallas Paige, and Rose McGowan. Sean (Scott Caan) and Gordie (David Arquette) run a sewage business in the town of Lusk, Wyoming. They're huge fans of WCW. They drive to Cheyenne to see a live Monday Nitro broadcast. Their favorite wrestler, WCW champion Jimmy King (Oliver Platt), has one too many backstage arguments with WCW President Titus Sinclair (Joe Pantoliano in a strange cowboy outfit). Sinclair decides that Paige is going over King in their title match that night. When they wrestle, Paige shoots on King and with help from some outside interference gets the win. Sean and Gordie are devastated by this and it puts them on a journey to find King and help resurrect his career. Along the way, they find out their hero is a drunken lout who ran out on his family.

I don't know what the writers and producers of this film were thinking of when they pictured a pro wrestling fan. Kayfabe, wrestling fiction, has been a well-known part of that business for decades, even before Vince McMahon's admissions about the business in 1989. The Sean and Gordie characters are too stupid to know this or else live in denial. You even see the acknowledgment of kayfabe when Titus Sincalir is discussing the main event's finish with DDP in front of the other WCW wrestlers before taking DDP aside to change it. During the match scene, you can also see Paige and King calling spots to each other. The whole smile and wink backhanded approach to acknowledging kayfabe is a little insulting to pro wrestling fans and it seems that the writers think they are all man-boys living with their parents.

I think they pictured these characters as innocent and enthusiastic, which Scott Caan plays well enough, but David Arquette may have been at his most obnoxious here as Gordie. He was a horrible casting choice. Joe Pantoliano was another odd choice, his clothing and wig were too much of a distraction. He would've been better playing it up as a New Jersey-born East Coast sleazeball in an expensive suit like Paul Heyman. Eric Bischoff could've easily played himself with his comic book villain grin as the evil boss. Rose McGowan is cast as a Nitro Girl named Sasha who takes a romantic interest in Gordie but she's just eye candy. Martin Landau has a memorable cameo as Sal Bandini, an old school wrestling trainer like Lou Thesz or Verne Gagne. DDP may actually have given the best performance playing the heel version of his pro wrestling character.

It seems like this of version WCW lives in a fairy tale world where they have no worthy competition because no one ever breathes a word of the WWF/E. Another irony is that many of the promotion's biggest stars-Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner and star Ric Flair-don't appear in this. Aside from DDP, the only really big WCW stars to appear were Booker T and Sting in throwaway cameos. Maybe one of the strangest things ever done to promote a movie was having one of the stars start participating in wrestling matches. WWF/E had celebrities like Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper making appearances during the old Rock and Wrestling era but neither was actually booked to win a promotion's title belt.

WCW booked David Arquette as their champion in an on screen feud, where he was seen aligning himself with DDP and Chris Kanyon against Jeff Jarrett and Eric Bischoff. It got even stranger from there, believe it or not, with Arquette defending the belt and then he turned HEEL on DDP. At the very least, though, Arquette was originally against wrestling in WCW as a promotional stunt and he gave all the money he made doing it to the families of Darren Drozdov and Brian Pillman.


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