This 'documentary' chronicles the journey of wannabe pro-wrestlers, Reggie (Danny Mac) and Maurice (Chris Wilcox). Despite lacking any trace of athleticism, intelligence or drive, these backyard wrestlers are certain they'll become the next big thing in the business - no matter how many years they waste boozing or mooching off their parents. But after watching them procrastinate for a decade, Reggie's brother, Jared (Matthew Graham) has had enough of their tough-talk. He issues a challenge; join a wrestling school and prove they have what it takes. If they fail? Move out of mom's house, get a real job, and let the dream of squared-circle stardom die forever. Reggie can't wait to prove to his loving mother (Pam Kearns) and on-again/mostly-off-again girlfriend (Naiah Cummins) that his backyard "training" wasn't for nothing. But it won't be as easy as he thought; they'll find no sympathy from their trainers at the ECCW, and even less from Roger (Cooper Bibaud), the jaded filmmaker hired ...
Heel Kick is one of those rare comedies that leaves a truly lasting impression. Even months after the initial viewing I find myself playing scenes in my head and can't help but smirk. Danny Mac, using his natural comedic abilities, brings to life the character of Reggie, an all too familiar slacker who aimlessly walks through life claiming to know what he is doing but is afraid to actually put in the effort required for achieving his dreams. Pair this with an equally lovable doofus best friend Maurice, played by the excellent Cris Wilcox, and have their journey to becoming professionally trained wrestlers captured by a reluctant and annoyed documentarian Roger, performed by the equally great Cooper Bibaud. With this trio, alongside the rest of the cast, you have a mockumentary continuously deliver the laughs from frame one all the way to the end credits. The film has a lot of heart and equally pays respects to the physicality and creative sides of professional wrestling, only making a mockery of it's delightfully dimwitted leads and never the art form itself. Not since those film geek years in high school when I first discovered the works of Kevin Smith, Wes Anderson, The Cohen Brothers, or Quentin Tarantino have I wanted to yell from the rooftops my enjoyment of a film. I can only hope the movie finds the audience it deserves so we can get more films from these great talented filmmakers. We Canadians don't get to see as many of our country's movies hit that beloved cult status but I believe Heel Kick deserves to be considered as such. Please seek out this movie and enjoy.
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