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A wrestling championship is interrupted in its final seconds by a new challenger: a 6-foot Calamari! He wins the title and becomes the nation's mascot. Many also liken his style to a former champion. His opponent, seeking revenge, seeks to confront him again.
Rocky with a calamari thrown in might be an adequate pitch, but it barely does this film justice. "Calamari Wrestler" is a very knowing satire of the whole sports film genre, checking every cliché in the formula and turning it on its head by showing its silliness without ever resorting to sarcasm. Indeed, there is a moving earnestness to the film, because the premise is so ridiculous that it can allow itself to play it straight. Wrestling is also an inherently over-the-top sport, so throwing in a calamari (especially a latex one) isn't half as jarring as you would expect.
"Calamari Wrestler" deserves a 10, hands down, for its sheer silliness, novelty, unique appeal to squid fans (of which I am an unashamed member) and good heart. You can feel the love and fun of the creators in every frame. This is the kind of film you watch to laugh with your friends or lighten your mood when you feel a bit low.
90 Minutes of gleeful fun!
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