Review Date: April 06, 2000
Director: Brian Robbins
Writer: Steven Brill
Producers: Jeffrey Silver, Robert Newmyer
David Arquette as Gordie Boggs
Scott Caan as Sean Dawkins
Oliver Platt as Jimmy King
Good: The wrestling scenes were really cool, only I wish they had included more of them...pretty exciting stuff! Ultimately, the last twenty minutes of the film packed the most punch. Good: Martin Landau's cameo as an old time wrestler. Damn funny! Bad: Not enough Rose McGowan! It's one thing to include her and the Nitro girls as blatant exploitative fodder, but at least if you're gonna go that far...let's see more of them, dammit! Bad: Some jokes work, but others fall flat. It's up and down on that count, with no major laugh out scenes either. Bad: I did enjoy Oliver Platt's drunken Elvis performance, but I generally love his humor, so felt a little disappointed in that he didn't get many better lines. Having said all that, this film is not to be taken seriously. It does provide a small emotional touch in the end, which I thought was nice, but I seriously doubt any movie critic (or adult for that matter) over the age of 40 will enjoy any of this shite! Unless of course, you don't mind seeing an umpteen set of people getting kicked in the groin over and over, enjoy loud rock music, don't mind watching two morons prance around the big screen, and...yes, of course...love that rassling!!
Incidentally, I've always felt like wrestling fans and soap opera fans had a lot in common. They both enjoy watching over-the-top spectacles, most never admit to being an actual fan and they all seem to get really involved in the most absurd plot twists, no matter how ridiculous! The only difference that I've noticed between the two is that wrestling's got more sweaty men...but even that, is pretty similar.