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  • a role made for micky rourke
    good film, its a little sad how "old wreslers" lifes turn out.but marisa tomei she is super fine in this movie i love me some marisa tomei! i rewind the movie just for her. a must have if your a fan of wrestling as I!!...more info
  • Not as emotional as I thought it would be
    Aside from the brilliant performance by Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler offers very little in the entertainment category. Granted, this is strictly a drama with only a handful of actors but I never got deeply attached to any part of the film. Perhaps it's because it deals quite a bit with wrestling. And even though that isn't really the point of the film, you can't ignore it.

    Rourke's character is a battered, practically washed-up pro wrestler who lives in a trailer park, has no money and no family except for a daughter who wants nothing to do with him. He spends quite a bit of time at the local strip club where he befriends a stripper played quite convincingly by Marisa Tomei.

    To sum up a long story- Rourke wants to get back in his daughter's (Even Rachel Wood) life after he suffers a heart attack. He tries to change his ways by giving up his passion for wrestling and commiting to a relationship with his daughter-and here is where it gets a bit dramatic-but well, not to spoil anything, but I think we can all pretty much guess what'll happen.

    The minute you feel an ounce of pity for someone, it flies out the window as soon as they do something stupid again. It can be a bit frustrating at times to watch.

    If I had to rate this film, I would give it a B-
    The performance by Rourke really is extroadinary and completely believable and sometimes endearing-but the film itself is a tad dissapointing. ...more info
  • Aranovsky is so Smart
    After "Requiem for a Dream", I figured that Aranovsky had found all forms of despair that were to be discovered. He one-upped himself with "The Wrestler", a thoughtful foray into the life of "Randy the Ram". This is Mickey Rourke's big comeback, and Aranovsky pays tribute to Hiller's "Mommie Dearest", by not showing his face til the last sensible moment. Mickey Rourke is, indeed, remarkable; tough and sweet and sensitive at all the required moments. He was desreving of the many awards bestowed upon him. Marisa Tomei is also fine, in a complicated role that she handles brilliantly.Her innate sweetness is prevalent throughout, regardless of the moment. There's a few short moments involving Evan Rachel Wood, as Randy's daughter, that created the most angst, and brought out Randy's sweetness and sensitivity. Those were special moments, though brief. Mr. Aranofsky took a gamble casting Mickey, and it was a good call. He also took a gamble in "Requiem" making Jared Leto look ugly. I look forward to seeing Mickey Rourke bounce back, and I thank Mr. Aranovsky for giving him this opportunity. Mr. Aranovsky's next film about depravity may include Faye Dunaway...she needs a comeback. I love her. ...more info
  • A Body Slamming Return for Rourke
    To be honest I was expecting The Wrestler to be the Rocky of wrestling, but The Wrestler isn't that simple of a story. Rocky is more of a fairy tale while The Wrestler adheres more to reality and doesn't shy away from some of the truths of the world it shows.

    Mickey Rourke is Randy "The Ram" Robinson whose glory days of championships and matches in arenas are a long gone. He now wrestles on the semi-pro wrestling circuit which is a weigh station for those wrestlers either on their way down or on their way up the professional wrestling ladder. They wrestle weekends in school gyms, the outcome of the matches is choreographed before they go on, but the toll on their bodies is the same as on the pro circuit of wrestling, and drugs are common to keep their bodies together. This is wrestling where the take from the door is split among 9 other wrestlers and doesn't even pay the rent on his trailer. This is wrestling not for the fame or glory anymore but for the love of the game, what the wrestlers lack in body and success they more than make up for in soul.

    Marisa Tomei is Cassidy, the stripper with a heart of gold, who is friends with Randy, his only friend, and the irony of their friendship is that they both use their bodies to make a living, although it seems lost to their characters.

    After a match Randy has a heart attack and he discovers how alone he really is, none of his from the wrestling world even go with him to the hospital, Cassidy has a life and problems of her own, and the daughter he's ignored most of his life and wants to have nothing to do with him, but she is willing to give him one last chance.

    The climax of the movie isn't your usual sports movie resolution, no exaltation of personal achievement such as in Rocky, no overcoming of the odds to emerge victorious, not even a climatic game that resolves all conflicts and issues within the film. The Wrestler is more about how we choose to live our lives with dignity and doing what we love even though the cost maybe too much as seen from someone on the outside. I can see why this movie appealed to Rourke, he is someone who lived his career as he saw fit according to his own rules, and he paid a price, but maybe that price was worth paying for the awareness and great acting Rourke is brings to The Wrestler.

    This DVD doesn't contain any bonus features....more info
  • This movie is for All WWE fans out there!
    And for the people who watches "Raw" every Monday Night & "WrestleMania" every year. This movie brings out the fan in you. Mickey Rourke was great as Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a well-seasoned wrestling legend, who has been on a roller-coaster ride too many. This film also gives strong performances from Evan Rachel Wood-Who plays The Ram's estranged daughter, and Marisa Tomei-who plays his strip-dancer girlfriend.

    I've been a fan of The WWE since the day "WrestleMania" was born. And before that, The big matches were held at MSG, when Hulk Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik, and the rest of the story became history. My Late Grandfather was a devout wrestling fan, he tooks his sons out every Friday Night to The Coliseum, and I have pretty much followed in his footsteps.

    And Bruce Springsteen's very poignant song, really does tell the story. This Movie is a definite keeper, and a must-have for All wrestling fans out there. ...more info
  • "ROCKY" With a Realistic Ending
    In THE WRESTLER, Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is a former superstar wrestler whose age and twenty years of injuries have finally caught up with him.

    Rourke delivers the performance of his career in this very human drama, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. The movie might best be described as "ROCKY with a realistic ending".

    Marisa Tomei is also marvelous as a stripper who is getting too old for that game and is trying to resist Randy's romantic advances.

    BE WARNED: It may all be fake, but the wrestling sequences in this picture are so brutal that you may find yourself turning away from the screen while they are in progress. (I did.) And, the crowds for those scenes are nothing short of sadistic.

    Bruce Springsteen wrote and sings the title song over the end credits. It's a great number that didn't even get nominated for an Oscar. Frankly, I think it was the best song of 2008. It really brought the theme of the movie home.

    ? Michael B. Druxman...more info
  • Mickey Rourke is amazing, the film itself is boring...
    As a fan of pro wrestling, and as a fan of a comeback story, I really had high expectations for this film. Sad to say, I came away angry and disappointed.

    The only reason this film works at all is because of the amazing performance of Mickey Rourke. Mickey pours his heart and soul into Randy "the Ram" Robinson. He fills his performance with pathos, sadness, intensity, pity, and just about everything he has. I can't think of no other actor who could really do this role and do it so well. Even though the dialog is boring, Rourke manages to elevate it into something meaningful. Reportedly, Nicholas Cage was originally slated to play Randy the Ram, but he pulled out of the production. Cage is a decent actor, but he couldn't do what Rourke has done here. Rourke has been through a ton of crap in his life, and that pathos comes through brilliantly in this performance. Even though Mickey made a comeback a few years ago in Sin City (actually, he gave the best performance in that movie), this is his real comeback, and I hope it sticks, because he's really a great actor who has his respect back, and he deserves it.

    Aside from Rourke's amazing, heartfelt performance, this film is actually pretty awful. The script is extremely trite, filled with boring dialog, cliched situations, no narrative flow whatsoever, and the only scenes that had any real life to them were the one in the bar when Mickey and Marisa have a beer, and one scene where Mickey is having fun with some customers while he works at the deli. These scenes feel like they were improvised by the actors, and if that was true, I wish they had improvised the whole thing. I was actually bored a lot of the time, which to me was amazing, considering the film had great potential.

    Marisa Tormei, a great actress in her own right, does what she can with the underwritten material. However, most of the other parts are very one note (especially Mickey's manager at the supermarket, played rather snidely by comedian Todd Barry), and nothing really resonates at all in this film. Aronofsky's direction is lifeless. His documentary approach doesn't really work here. There's no poetry in it. I would have loved Clint Eastwood to direct this film, as it would have been a masterpiece.

    The opening of the film is really cheesy, perhaps deliberately so. I don't know. It's cringe inducing. The film, however, does show the "choreography" of wrestling up close, and doesn't hide the fact that it's a brutal sport. The matches may be predetermined, but those wrestlers are putting themselves through a lot of pain. The hardcore match that Mickey is in is brutal and extreme, but isn't as bad as some of the actual hardcore matches out there (the man who Mickey wrestles in this scene is Necro Butcher, an actual hardcore wrestler in CZW (Combat Zone Wrestling), which gets a plug in this film). Aside from that, the only poignancy you get from this film is from Rourke himself. It's his film.

    The film is worth watching strictly for Mickey Rourke. There's a better wrestling film out there that needs to be made, though. ...more info
  • Solid performance
    This is not just a classic low budget film. It has some great individual, down to earth, performances. A good story, not too far from someone close to anyone's reality....more info
  • brainyslam!!!
    OW, ow, and oh yeah .....ow. This is violence for violence's sake. This could have been such a great story of redemption between a father and estranged daughter but somewhere it gets off track and I'm watching a man shove his own hand into a meat slicer. Marisa looks exceptional for her age though....the years have been kind....more info
  • When the actor becomes the role
    Darren Aronofsky's superb drama "The Wrestler" provides Mickey Rourke with the role for which he will undoubtedly be most remembered - that of "Randy `the Ram' Robinson," a professional wrestler long past his prime, who is attempting to mount a comeback both as a fighter and as a father to the daughter (beautifully played by Rachel Evan Ward) whom he abandoned earlier in life.

    Rarely does an actor get the chance to inhabit a role quite as fully as Rourke does here. With his bulging muscles and greasy, long-flowing, bleach-dyed locks, Rourke - who did his own stunts for the film - brings an amazing physicality to the character, making us feel every ache, pain and body blow the man suffers, both inside the arena and out, as he hauls his massive, badly bruised carcass through life. Randy shows that he suffers no illusions about that life, as he confesses to his daughter, "I'm an old broken-down piece of meat, and I'm alone and I deserve to be alone." But there's something about Randy - call it his gentleness of spirit or his self-effacing modesty - that nevertheless wins us over to his side. Indeed, for all his physical imposingness, Randy is a surprisingly tender individual who knows he's screwed up in life and now wants to make amends and rebuild bridges with the one person he cares about most.

    This "soft" side of Randy is most evident in his relationship with "Cassidy," a stripper who is herself getting on in years. In fact, Randy and Cassidy are united in the fact that they are both trapped in professions that are less than kind to those who are aging. Even though the role of Cassidy could easily have slipped over into the-stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold territory, the intelligence of the writing and the subtle richness of Marisa Tomei's performance prevent that from happening.

    Screenwriter Robert D. Siegel keeps the story spare and simple, not cluttering it up with fancy narrative flourishes or overblown melodramatics. With the wintry coastal New Jersey setting as his backdrop, director Aronofsky lets the drama unfold at a seductively leisurely pace, allowing us get to know each of these characters and the rhythm of their lives in finely-drawn, intimate detail. And even though Rourke has elicited richly deserved praise for the physical pounding he endured for the role, it is in the quieter and subtler moments - when we get to see the inner workings of the character he's portraying - that the actor's talent and dedication to the role truly shine through. It is, indeed, a performance for the ages and one that students of acting will be studying and attempting to emulate for decades to come. ...more info
  • Great Movie! Greater performance.
    Yep....another Aronofsky movie....another great one. Good to watch him doing something different from The Fountain (a big sci-fi), this one, a smaller more intimate movie. Mickey Rourke should have got the Oscar!!...more info
  • "Requiem for a Heavyweight" for the 21st Century
    "The Wrestler" is the tale of Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke), a legendary pro wrestler from the 80s now penniless, doped-up on steroids, and completely removed from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood). In most Hollywood movies, this is where the hero inevitably reinvents himself, redeems himself, establishes a new relationship with his daughter, and returns to the top of wrestling. If you like those types of movies, then stop reading now because this is not that type of movie. "The Wrestler" delves deep into the dark underside of pro wrestling, where steroids are taken like aspirin and where the in-ring acts are so violent it's a wonder no one dies in the ring. This is apparently how it is in real life. The reason there's not an old-timers day in pro wrestling is because there are so few wrestlers who live to see 40. Most die as a result of the effects of steroids or the physical violence they endure in the ring. Once you see this movie, something as heinous as Chris Benoit will make more sense (not the fact that he committed these acts, just what led him to those acts).

    All the actors in this movie deliver excellent performances. Evan Rachel Wood does a stellar job as The Ram's daughter, really bringing home the anger she has for her dad and her sense of abandonment. Marisa Tomei makes up for her let's be honest undeserved Oscar win by giving a spectacular performance as a stripper and the only friend The Ram has outside the arena. However, Rourke steals the movie. He does such an amazing job that you forgive his flaws and his stupid mistakes. For example, in his final confrontation with his daughter, you feel for Wood's character, but at the same time, in spite of everything, you still end up feeling sorry for The Ram. And The Ram's final speech to the fans is one of those where you wonder whether it's The Ram or Rourke himself talking. Mickey Rourke probably should've won the Oscar for Best Actor, but in the end it doesn't matter. "The Wrestler" is an excellent movie that will resurrect Rourke's career, and this movie finally shows the world how truly violent pro wrestling can be....more info
  • The Wrestler
    Looong reviews BORE me. After the movie was over I realized I had not moved (not an inch) from start to finish. This movie is really fantastic. You will instantly like Micky Rourke's character. I collect movies and will add this to my collection....more info
  • It's all about Mickey
    The Wrestler was one of those movies that you heard everybody talk about. You heard Mickey Rourke was back in the performance of the life time playing a charcter that mirrored himself. Believe the hype because the movie is that good. It's a movie fueled by character performances and was a pleasantly suprising movie.

    Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a star in the 80's. He was the equivalent of Hulk Hogan. He dominated the wrestler world. The 90's and new century haven't been so kind to poor Randy. He's found himself as a wash up and has been. Instead of filling Madison Square Gardens he's now having trouble packing a high school gym. It gets even worse after a hear attack finds himself wondering about what to do with his life. He longs for a relationship with Cassidy(Tomei) a stripper who doesn't date customers. He's trying to patch a relationship that he never had with his daughter Stephanie(Wood). In fact she can't stand and pretty much hates him. Randy is faced with a ton of problems. He should give up wrestling on the eve of the 25 reunion of his greatest match. Can he get a true relationship with either women in his life. That is the tale of the movie The Wrestler.

    Rourke truly is amazing in the movie. He pulls the look off of a wrestler. He had to be looking at picutres and videos of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and any other wrestler trying to hold onto his 80's glory. Rourke plays the role to perfection. I found myself feeling bad for the guy as you see him trying to sruggle to hold onto his past glory. The things he does to try to stay in shape. You pity him that he has no friends and struggles for attention from anybody. There's a great scene where you find him playing NES with a kid in his trailer park. It truly is the performance of his carear.

    The two women in Randy's life are exceptional as well. Marisa Tomei looks great in the movie. Evan Rachel Wood does also. You feel pity for both women whose lives are almost as bad as Randy. You want to see both succeed both Randy keeps blowing it with either of them, especially his daughter Stephanie. They give Oscar caliber performances and this movie should help both build on budding carears.

    I've seen all of Darren Aronofsy's movies now except for The Fountain. The guy is pretty dang good as a director. I'd say this is his second best work behind Requiem for a Dream." Like most critics I doubted his ability to do a wrestling movie. I would have doubted almost any director not named Scorsese, Coppola, or De Palma making the movie. The movie flows incredibly. The acting, editing, music, and everything else are great. I hope people keep bank rolling Aronofsky and he keeps churning out great movies.

    I was pleasantly surprised by The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke is back and hopefully can keep his act together. It really is a decent movie. It's one of the best movies of 2008 and is a must see. Plus, you have to love the 80's nastalgia to it. It features the music of Ratt particulary the song Round and Round. Take a a nice round journey and don't miss The Wrestler....more info
  • The Wrestler
    I never received The Wrestler DVD I ordered so when it was almost a month since the order was placed I asked for a refund and went to the local walmart and purchased the DVD myself although it was higher priced than Amazon. The seller blamed the post office which seemed reasonable so I will be more careful now when there is something I really want at a bargain price. It's the first time I was let down by Amazon so I am "twice shy" from here on. I did get the refund....more info
  • Great movie !
    It makes you wonder hoe many of the old professional wrestlers are out there living this same kind of life. Marica Tomey is very hot in this, if nothing else you must check it out just for that. ...more info
  • Rourke is great; film starts good and descends to cornball
    I love the old 1980s-style wrestling that this movie depicts, and was looking forward to viewing it. Mickey Rourke was excellent, no question, as were just about all the actors. And the first half of the film had a lot going for it, as we see Randy "the Ram" Robinson try to get by 20 years after his career peaked. Up until the scene where Randy takes part in a modern-style "hardcore" match that's too much for his old body, the film is actually pretty good. To explain how it all goes downhill in the second half would require lots of spoilers; suffice it to say that it turns into a maudlin, sentimental Hallmark-TV-movie story, with a hokey "redeeming" finish that even Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior wouldn't have tried to get away with....more info
  • A turbulent and emotional look into a beaten soul
    After hearing all the rave surrounding this film...I finally got my chance to see it. Every review I've read comments on the parallels between Mickey Rourke and his on-screen persona, Randy "The Ram" Robinson...and while these two do bear an almost haunting similarity...I won't add to it further. What I will say is that Mickey Rourke delivers an overwhelmingly emotional performance, and one that will live on through the ages - yes, it was that brilliant. If you haven't guessed by now...I loved this film. The story is rather simple, but executed like a great Greek tragedy. Randy "The Ram" was at the top of the wrestling game in the mid-eighties. He had the awards, the spotlight, and the fan's admiration...he was the people's champion. The film begins twenty years after his glory years...and that first shot of the aging wrestler sets the stage for the entire film. We see the long blonde hair, the tanned and chiseled body - we see what appears to be a wrestler at the top of his game, applying tape and pads...then the camera shifts to reveal the aging, whithered face of a man long past his prime, trying to hold on to the only life he knows.

    Randy "The Ram" Robinson has performed at packed venues like Madison Square Garden...now he is reduced to performing in run-down arenas that seat less than 100...but he welcomes those few who have remained loyal - for outside the ring Randy is alone. It doesn't take the film long to show just how far this once mighty bruiser has fallen. He is penniless, locked out of his modest trailer until he can pay his rent, and forced to sleep in his van. He has no friends, aside from some of the local children, and spends his time at a gentleman's club pursuing another lost soul, the aging stripper Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) who is the closest he has to a friend, but continually rejects his clumsy advancements, and sees him more as a customer. It isn't until the second wrestling match that we see how barbaric the sport really is - this match was so gruesome, I had to turn away during parts of it. After this match, the years of abusing his body finally catch up to him and he awakens in a hospital.

    After "The Ram" suffers his near-fatal heart attack, the film becomes so overwhelmingly emotional, you will find it hard to fight back the tears. After realizing he wasted most of his life, Randy, seeks to develop two relationships - one with Cassidy, and the other with his estranged daughter, Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood). It really does tug at the heart when both women choose to reject him in his darkest hours...but Randy remains hopeful that somehow, someway, they will open up to him and let him into their lives. "I deserve to be alone" Randy mutters to his daughter as he walks with her on an abandoned boardwalk they last visited when she was a child. I won't go any further as I don't want to spoil this remarkable film for you. So let me finish by saying, both characters (Mickey Rourke) and (Marisa Tomei) deliver emotional performances in what must be considered one of the best films in cinematic history. ...more info
  • Uh.... Rourke's BEEN back.. where have you been?
    Leave it up to unoriginal minds to snag a line from a semi-braindead review quip writer then parrot it like a.. well, PARROT!

    Seriously have ANY of you seen SIN CITY? I remember saying ROURKE IS BACK after that one, are your memories that short term?

    This movie is OK, I think the performances from the wrestlers and Rourke are spot on, cause they're really doing it. The side story where The Ram gets a job at the supermarket deli and the soundtrack were the other best parts. The rest of the movie seems to go through the motions, the moments where he is trying to get back in touch with his daughter are completely set on auto, its almost like you can step outside of your body, or go into another room and know the deal.

    Hmm just how depressing can I make a movie? Everyone who isn't rich is miserable, lonely and life slowly grinds down to an agonizing halt until you eventually die crying. That's what I got from this movie. Is this for the living dead to watch and nod in agreement or should it be a wake up call for those whose lives are going in the wrong direction? Neither, its all about the Oscar, gimme that award! Sob, bleed, oooh the agony! Cha-ching!...more info
  • Simplicity can be profound
    I'm not a wrestling fan nor a Mickey Rourke fan. I'm a movie fan and a literature fan. There are more complex and elegant plots, production values, and more intriguing characters in lots of good films--independent, Hollywood, and foreign, but The Wrestler--through whatever spirit passed through the vehicle of Mickey Rourke's soul--turns out to be a wonderful film for anyone who values the roots of tragedy and the roots of the human condition. Rabbit Run is a book like that; The Stranger is a book like that; Othello is a play like that. None of these examples are particularly long or complex in relationship to their genres but like The Wrestler--with Rourke at the helm--hits humanity where it matters: it shows us our vulnerability; our desire for love and acceptance (even if we aren't good at getting them right) with other people and with society; with our natural wish for dignity, for recognition, for home, to be cared for unconditionally--that is what the Wrestler wants. And he is no different from people who look nothing like him or live in worlds that ostensibly don't appear like his. Finding a home, a refuge, a sympathetic soul who will care about us unconditionally are values the Wrestler shares with most of us. He just is at a loss how to find them, and this is ironic because that is just the way he is able to love others in his childlike way--whether they be fellow wrestlers, kids in the neighborhood, or old ladies at the deli counter. The Wrestler's true opponent is a world that doesn't have a place for the type of 'outlier' he is. There is a reference to his being the 'sacrificial ram' early on in the film, and it's a perfect metaphor. He is at heart an innocent, so innocent that when a girl picks him up at a bar and asks if he wants to 'party', he isn't quite sure what she means.

    This is not a complicated film , but the greatest speeches, odes, portraits, ballets, etc., don't have to be complicated, nor should they. It's the intensity that counts and if the intensity remains after the show is over, who needs anything longer? Yea, you can ask for more in art, but you just might get a whole lot less....more info
  • A glorious example of American filmmaking...
    "The Wrestler" is one of the greatest American films made in recent years. The movie might come across as only enjoyed by a niche audience, but the movie is so much more than that.

    The film tells a fantastic story of a man who "loves a sport that doesn't love him back." Clearly, the man had neglected his life and loves outside of his work during his glory days, and now wishes he had not neglected the ones that needed him most.

    The film is layered on top of that, with all sorts of comparisons to modern America, the sacrifices and humiliations people go through to support themselves and their families, the end of the American family unit, and even how people fuel the self-destructive tendencies of their fellow man.

    Whether you are a fan of professional wrestling or not, I highly recommend this movie....more info
  • Great acting, good movie.
    As many have said Mickey Rourke is wonderful in this film. He really invokes the sadness of being a loner.
    The movie as a story is mostly successful at showing people in shades of gray, not just good or bad (except perhaps the grocery store manager Mickey works at. This guy may hate his job but why he is so hateful is not really explained).
    My only problem is this: Mickey's character, Randy, works so damn hard to get back into good graces with his daughter who he hasn't seen in years and yet on the verge of success blows the evening on beer and sex and misses a dinner date with her. Hmmm....if getting back with his daughter was SO important to him he would have placed EVERYTHING on the back burner and allowed NOTHING to mess it up. However, he gets drunk and has sex with a stranger and falls asleep and misses the date. So apparently we were just mislead to believe he really cared that much about his daughter. The movie, to me, says he is loser and will die a loser. His wrestling fans love his persona but not him. The movie should have been named the Pathetic. ...more info
  • The Wrestler
    The Wrestler.
    This is a tough movie to review for me. I saw it last night, and I'm still kind of digesting it. Maybe I should wait til I've seen it again before reviewing it, but what the hell, I'll write up my thoughts on the movie now, and see how they change with time.

    Randy 'The Ram' Robinson was at the top of the wrestling world (we learn this during the opening credits), 20 years later, he is broke and wrestling at YMCA's and anywhere else they'll have him. It's a movie about a man that can't let go of his past, a man who is always one match away from regaining his former glory, a man who has ****ed up everything he's ever had....because wrestling is all he knows. He's only truly comfortable in the ring, and the movie is as much about his ring persona as it is about him trying find something in the real world to latch onto.

    Randy is a regular at a strip joint where he befriends a stripper named Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), and after suffering a setback after a match, she urges him to reconnect with his estranged daughter Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood). Randy's a good guy at heart, and as the film progresses, I really felt bad for the guy as you watch him try so hard to do the right thing, yet constantly **** it up....whether it is his relationship with his daughter, or attempting to turn his "stripper/client" relationship into something more.

    Like I pointed out earlier, the movie is split fairly evenly between his wrestling life and his home life. Besides his daughter and the stripper, Randy is trying to make it with a normal job and some of the movie's funniest scenes come out of this. On the wrestling side, Randy is offered a dream gig; a rematch of his greatest match from his glory days. Randy's convinced that this is the shot he needs to make it back into the limelight, but what is he willing to sacrifice to fulfill that dream?

    Overall, the movie is just fantastic. It's brutally honest and violent and emotional and almost feels like a documentary. All actors are pitch perfect in their rolls. This isn't a movie for only wrestling fans, so please don't let that stop you from seeing it. If you are anything like me, I have a feeling you'll be engrossed by the end of the movie. Which brings me to my only real gripe.....the ending. When the movie ended I felt jipped. I was angry that something I was enjoying so much would end like that. I was also a bit confused (mostly because it was so unexpected). Given time to think about it, I can appreciate the ending a bit more and I might even be leaning towards loving it. I am also fairly certain I understand what happened now(but I won't discuss that in a review). Also, I feel like Bruce Springsteen's song at the end IS part of the movie....it's not just a filler song to play over the credits, it just sums everything perfectly.
    The movie is called The Wrestler... and it's pretty damn good.

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  • Did he die or win?
    Descent story line, but did he die or win in the ending? I loathe the "Soprano Ending" movie makers are using... what a cop-out! ...more info
  • What makes life worth living?
    Twenty years ago, Randy Robinson was "THE RAM", a top tier wrestler, subject of a video game, VHS tapes and a regular at Madison Square Garden. Today, Randy Robinson is in his 40s, estranged from his only child, working for a large supermarket chain as a faceless social security number unloading trucks. He lives in a broken down trailer, when he can pay the rent and his aging van when he can't. His love life is being a regular customer of a dancer in a nude bar or an occasional one-night stand. Even his dancer is getting to old for her line of work. Everything about his life seems worn out or about to fail.
    On weekends, Randy becomes "The Ram" again for a few hours wrestling in clubs or small arenas. During this time, he is the well-respected star working with a group of wannabes, never were or other used to be. This is some of the best and most graphic parts of the move, as Randy transforms into "The Ram" and interacts with other wrestlers backstage. A heart attack after a grueling match ends this forever leaving only Randy Robinson.
    The move introduces us to Randy's life to set up the heart attack. After that, it asks the question what makes life worth living. This is not an uplifting movie that will make you feel good. It is intense, difficult, sad and very satisfying. This well-written, superbly acted movie deserved all the nominations and awards received.
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  • Disappointed
    I was disappointed over all with the movie but not Micky Roark. He delivered. Don't bother buying the blu-ray version it just makes a poorly shot movie worse. Do see this movie though....more info
  • Disappointing
    I watched this movie out of curiosity and of course because it had gotten good reviews and acting award nominations.Let me warn you first it is an R-Rated movie-violence,language,nudity,drug use.I understand that while Marisa Tomei's character is a stripper,they didn't have to show her nude upper body over and over again.The pole dancing is good enough.I don't get it why female actresses don't mind being exploited and for what,for the sake of art?This is not your Rocky film.You can watch Rocky with your kids but not this one.

    I agree Mickey Rourke gave an outstanding performance but they never really gave the story a chance to develop.It doesn't have a happy ending....more info