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Ready to Rumble
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Starring: David Arquette, Oliver Platt, Scott Caan, Diamond Dallas Page, Bill Goldberg
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros
Web Site: www.readytorumble.net
Kiddie Movie: Your young wrestling fans will drag you kicking and screaming, but there are a lot of scantily clad women and some bad language.  Hey, wait, you let them watch it on TV, I guess this isn't much different.
Date Movie: If she wants to come along, God bless her.
Gratuitous Sex: Some dude's butt.
Gratuitous Violence: It's wrestling violence.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some chuckles and groans.
Memorable Scene: The triple cage match.
Memorable Quote: Jimmy King asks at one point: "What's she gonna do, boob him to death?"
Directed By: Brian Robbins
Produced By: Bobby  Newmyer, Jeffrey Silver

Ready to Rumble
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:47 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right

As I was watching "Ready to Rumble" I thought to myself, especially during the initial wrestling sequences, that wrestling-wise, it was more entertaining, as well as better done, on TV. The filmmakers should have, if they didn’t (it didn’t look as such) enlist the help of the producers of WCW’s Nitro or WWF’s Smackdown to help in shooting the wrestling sequences. They came off as flat, they came off as cheap, and they weren’t very entertaining. And that’s not telling anything else about the movie. So let’s do that.

"Ready to Rumble" gives us two wrestling die-hards in the likes of Gordie (David Arquette) and Sean (Scott Caan). They believe wrestling is real (which the movie oddly enough does it’s best to show some of the fake aspects of wrestling), that their hero, Jimmy King (Oliver Platt) is unbeatable, and go on living their lives sucking sewage (they run a septic service). Then, one day, their hero loses, they crash their truck, and left jobless they figure it must be their destiny to get Jimmy King to get the championship belt back. On a cross country trek with a group of nuns, they find Jimmy, work to get him back on track, and find themselves in Vegas for a triple cage match for the championship belt and a million dollars. Yea, so, the movie has little to do with reality, but so what. Yes, I can suspend reality about the story, hell, I suspend reality when I watch wrestling, but it took too long for the movie to become entertaining, and not that I don’t like Oliver Platt as an actor, they might have just been better off using a real wrestler in his place – they can at least act the wrestling part. And that was too bad.

The jokes were silly, like Sal, the old wrestler, played by Martin Landau, able to beat the crap out of everyone who came at him, or Sasha (Rose McGowan), one of the dancing girls, wrestling Gordie in the bedroom, or the van-load of nuns singing Van Halen’s "Running With the Devil.". And I could get past that. But I wanted entertaining wrestling and that didn’t come until the final match. Maybe I shouldn’t have wanted that.

So, this review is kind of hodge-podge, but you know what, so was the movie. With that, it’s rating time. The movie is pretty stupid, the acting, well, pretty bad (except for, well, the real wrestlers – they were better actors than most of the rest of the cast), and I was going to only give the movie one star. But there was the scene of the dancing girls in the dressing room, there was the excellent triple cage match, and in the end "Ready to Rumble" was most of what I expected it to be. I’ll give it 2 ½ stars out of 5.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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