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READY TO RUMBLE (2000)
First of all, I'll just say I'm glad I didn't see this at the movies. When I go to the movies I generally only go by myself or with one other friend, but Ready to Rumble is much more enjoyable when you have 5 or 6 other friends and you're watching it at a party. In that environment, I really got into this flick. Anyhow, I thought this movie had a lot of qualities and a few bad points that put it down. I loved the wrestling scenes, the comedy was extremely strong, the performances were good, the sound was loud and booming and the editing was flawless. For the bad side, I didn't really like the ending. Yes, I did enjoy the `get to the top of the cage' and you win idea, but the characters don't really resolve themselves properly. Whatever happened to Rose McGowan's character? And just after he wins a match, Oliver Platt suddenly demands that Scott Caan and David Arquette be his assistant people. Then we see a couple of shots of the supporting characters and out we go. That's the end. Not a very good ending. However, there are a lot of good points that bring the movie above the rather empty ending. I enjoyed Scott Caan's performance and David Arquette wasn't as annoying as I thought he would be. Oliver Platt is also quite funny as Jimmy King, but Martin Landau's extended cameo rules this movie. He's a funny dude! In conclusion of this review, I'll just say don't expect another Rocky or a wrestling version that is just as good as American Beauty because you're not going to get it. But all viewers who enjoy a bit of a kick in the groin on film, gut-wrenching fight scenes, a ton of silly comedy and heaps of big hooters, come right in, because this is one fun comedy I'm sure you'll enjoy if you don't take it too seriously.
We first saw this movie a long time ago and it has several laugh out
loud moments. We then rented it again for a couple of our nephews, a
few years ago, who really enjoyed it. They were at the time wrestling
fans who knew wrestling was mostly fake.
Last weekend we borrowed it from a friend to watch with those same nephews from a few years ago, and we laughed all the way through it again. The boys no longer watch wrestling, said they are catching new jokes in it this time around.
The acting is over the top, and bigger than life but so is wrestling! It is a great movie if you want to escape and laugh for an hour and a half.
I think the people who criticized this movie missed the entire point of it. Ready To Rumble isn't supposed to be a "good" movie; it is just supposed to be a "fun" one. I don't think the folks who put this film together had any illusions about it winning any Oscars but I think they made a very good "dumb" movie. I am NOT a wrestling fan and I still enjoy watching it because I can enjoy it for what it is without expecting more out of it. I watched it last night with my 10 yo son and he thought it was great. Those who found fault with the movie need to take themselves and their entertainment less seriously.
This was light and enjoyable film of two affable wrestling fans who want to reinstate a recently fallen hero to the top of the WCW world. I have seen funnier films, but this was not a disappointment by any means. Fans of wrestling should really enjoy it, non fans (like myself, although I think I might be becoming one) should still like it. Arquette, Caan, and Platt make a nice trio, and Martin Landau is hilarious as an old-school wrestling guru.
Ready to Rumble doesn't much going for it at a glance. Gordie (David
Arquette) and Sean (Scott Caan) are two adolescent boys trapped in the
bodies of twenty-something sewage workers from Lusk, Oklahoma. The WCW
is their passion and as true die hards, they brook no criticism of the
sport's veracity. Their nights are spent in a convenience store parking
lot jawing with junior high school students. These men are losers
through and through. And yet there is something innately likable about
these boy-men. They are losers in the sense that Rocky Balboa was a
loser; they were born with nothing into the middle of nowhere, blessed
with naught but dogged determination and unwavering faith in their
cause. Ready to Rumble follows their quest to restore an even bigger
loser to his former glory. That loser is disgraced professional
wrestler Jimmy "The King" King (a terrific Oliver Platt). King is a
hero and role model to the boys from Lusk, who know him only from his
television persona. In reality, King is an alcoholic who spends his
days in drag, hiding from child support collectors in a secluded
trailer. He has been exiled to Palookaville by corrupt wrestling
promoter Titus Sinclair (the always unctuous Joe Pantoliano).
The story is told kayfabe; that is to say, the filmmakers would have us believe that wrestling is a real sport and these athletes are really beating one another to a pulp in the ring, night after night. So when a gang of professional wrestlers dive off of the four corners of the ring to deliver a four man head butt to the fallen King, we are expected to cringe at the brutality. When King is unjustly stripped of the title, we are expected to feel outrage on his behalf. And when the boys travel cross country on a search for their hero, we are expected to feel excitement at the prospect of King's triumphant return. Personally, I had no such experiences as a viewer, yet something about this very simple film moved me. At its core, Ready to Rumble is the story of an emperor disrobed. Oliver Platt gives a commendable performance as King, a boorish oaf still capable of feeling shame. This man is no Bret Hart, no Hulk Hogan; no "Stone Cold" Steve Austin he. King fights dirty, drinks heavily, and mistreats his only supporters constantly. That by the end of the film I came to care about this man and his struggle is a true credit to Oliver Platt, one of Hollywood's finest unsung actors. Above all what touched me about Ready to Rumble was the faith of the two boys in their hero. Initially it was so undeserved it occasionally strained credulity; other times it was merely heartbreaking. But if there is one thing a viewer ought to take from Ready to Rumble, it is the testament borne to the transformational power of faith. By the end of the film, King has paid the cost of redemption and becomes the hero the boys always perceived him to be. The film's message is the following: as we believe, so shall it be.
As a self important film snob, I would be remiss if I didn't note duly the many things in Ready to Rumble I could have done without. This film is supposed to be a comedy, but its humor mostly comes in the form of juvenile absurdity. Perhaps Adam Sandler fans will enjoy the adolescent mischief, but I mostly found it a distraction from what could have been a compelling drama in the hands of a more capable director. In a forced subplot, Gordie's overbearing father, the town sheriff, is hell-bent on getting Gordie to follow in his footsteps. He'd rather see his son find a steady career in law enforcement than spend the rest of his life a wrestling obsessed sewage handler. This man is introduced as an antagonist, but bluntly, I found his position very sympathetic. Who could blame him for attempting to intrude on his adult son's adolescent fantasy? Moreover, Rose McGowan plays a conniving, unlikable tart that Gordie becomes quite stricken with. Her character really doesn't have much of a reason for existing other than to cram an attractive actress into a Nitro-girls outfit. And of course the ending is all too pat, as it must be in a film that takes place in the WCW universe.
For all of its faults, I was surprised to find myself enjoying Ready to Rumble. I came to care deeply about its well meaning protagonists and their fallen hero. Arquette, Caan, Pantoliano, and especially Platt all show their stripes as actors, turning what could have been a farce into a compelling journey of redemption. I can't quite give the film a recommendation, but it's underdog story and rock solid performances struck a chord with me.
Even though I'm not a very big WCW fan, I still thought it had some very funny parts. The movie itself of course was a bit lame, but I guess it was made for laughs. I'm surprised they made this movie about WCW and not WWF? I mean WWF is a lot more popular than WCW. I though it would have been way better if it was based on WWF and not WCW. But everything else of the movie was decent. I'm a huge wrestling fan and I love wrestling. So whatever movie is based on wrestling, I Like! This movie deserves a B+
I am a wrestling fan, but when I first saw the trailer to this movie it looked cheesy and I was SO disappointed. Let me assure you the trailers do this movie no justice...it was absolutely GUT-BUSTING!! I've never laughed so hard at a movie in theater before, there were also many people there enjoying the movie who obviously were not wrestling fans. For true fans though the movie is even more funny because of all the inside jabs at the business. Noticeably "Sinclair" as some kind of weird Vince McMahon/ Eric Bischoff mix, Sal bears remarkable resemblance to the great Stu Hart and his wrestling school, and many more. The "main event" was incredibly exciting, the best wrestling match any fan will ever see. This film is must see for fans and non-fans alike. 9 out of 10.
Although if you know quite a bit about wrestling, you will find this movie
to be one of the most trashy and horrid pieces ever (why Oliver Platt? Get
wrestler for God's sake to wrestle!), but for being a piece used mainly to
showcase WCW stars, it wasn't too bad, it let you see that some of the
actually have some of that stuff called talent. Plus, it made for some of
the lowest moments in WCW history when they strapped the gold around Mr.
Arquette's waist (resume now includes: Scream bitch/1-800 idiot/WCW world
champion), so anytime I can see the makings of what would turn out to be a
big step in the demise of WCW is a good thing for me.
All in all, not bad, good for a few laughs, while the ending kinda sucked, not an overly bad film, unlike Mr. Nanny, remember that? And now that the movie "Backyard Dogs: The Movie" is out, it won't have to worry about being the worst wrestling film ever made!
Sad this movie did kill WCW forever, this wrestling federation went
down even further if it would have stick to its wrestling only (the
"King" storyline with DDP and the evil manager Sinclair), but instead,
went into too much vulgarity such as raw sewage and toilet bowl humour,
which was not necessary at all. I would have went another direction
rather than putting too much of feces jokes.
Martin Landau is great as a former wrestler turned teacher. And the wrestling storyline is just like what we see on TV.
Bottom line: should have stick to wrestling only, as it is the only entertaining portion here...
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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