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Knucklehead (film)

2010 movie with WWE's The Big Show about a grown orphan going on the road as a fighter

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You're not a knucklehead if you continue to watch this, just not asking for much is all.

  • Nov 10, 2010
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Nice, light and dumb comedies.  Even when they aren't funny they are still enjoyable.  You can see the jokes a mile away, contrived circumstances, over reliance on bodily functions for jokes, stupid costumes and even some name celebrities show up for easy cash.  Knucklehead, sadly embodies ALL of these tropes.

It also doesn't hurt that The Big Show, one of my favorite wrestlers is involved.  Topping over 7 feet tall and weighing just shy of a quarter of a ton, The Big Show (real name Paul Wight) always showed a sense of humor in the ring and his size and girth made me remember what the carnival wrestlers of WWE's yester year looked like before short guys that all look like rockstars started showing up.

The Big Show plays Walter Krunk, a man child who is still living at the Orphanage he grew up in.  No one ever adopted him and makes the most of his surroundings by knowing all the kids and doing plenty of handiwork when he isn't tearing the place up since he's so large.  Walter proves disasterous for a play the kids put on and even moreso when he accidentally burns down the kitchen (with his best friend so preoccupied playing a Gameboy he doesn't notice the flames)  Walter promises to do whatever it takes before the Orphanage is shut down to raise some money when it just so happens that a fight promoter named Eddie happens into the Church who needs a miracle:  He has no fighter to raise money to pay off gambling debts to another slimy promoter-named Memphis Earl whoes charge Redrum just KO'ed Eddie's new star.  Who can save Eddie?  Walter!

Walter thus begins a cross country adventure to learn about the real world, fighting, and even women as the Promoter and Walter's caregiver at the Orphanage Mary travel from town to town to get Walter ready for action.  From a silly exhibition in a Synagouge that is surreal to say the least, to backyard wrestling and frathouses, Walter gets better and better and as his fame on the Internet grows, so does Memphis Earl's concern that Walter could be a threat.

The movie, as cute and fun as it is, is average.  the movie is SLOW to get some momentum for the decent laughs it produces and as I labeled above, this movie is full of cliches and too many fart jokes.  While the premise is fun of having a giant simpleton going from place to place in a road/buddy comedy situation it's all in the way the jokes are set up.  The scene that becomes a cornerstone in the film where Walter gets in the ring with a 1,600 lb bear could have been better if the editing wasn't so bad to cover up a bad bear costume in scenes where Walter and the bear lock up.  The ending to the movie is VERY abrupt and leaves questions hanging as far as who is going to do what.  Even the way the camera is set up in one scene we see the obvious answer to a transportation issue.  The movie's acting is okay.  Nothing great.  Dennis Farina is getting easy money to show up and be a slimy creep.  So different from his other roles.  Wendi Malick is fun to watch as the nun who runs the orphanage.  Everyone else is pulling enough weight that nothing is too horrible and much like he is on TV, The Big Show does have a nice charisma to him so that you keep watching and not too tempted to turn it off.

Knucklehead doesn't do anything new, nothing too outragous.  It's nice, light and a good time passer.  It could have used less gas passing though, among other things.
You're not a knucklehead if you continue to watch this, just not asking for much is all. You're not a knucklehead if you continue to watch this, just not asking for much is all. You're not a knucklehead if you continue to watch this, just not asking for much is all. You're not a knucklehead if you continue to watch this, just not asking for much is all.

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November 17, 2010
I like Big dumb comedies--the BIG SHOW is on this one?! I am in, though you say it is pretty average, I want to see. Thanks for the review, John!
November 17, 2010
Oh yeah. Like another WWE film, it got a quick theater release and it was off to DVD.
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review by . January 17, 2013
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            KNUCKLEHEAD      I am a huge wrestling fan and a huge movie fan so when the two come together I am all in. this was a comedy that WWE put together starring The Big Show as your typical man child. With the title that this film has I am sure you know what you are getting into. The best thing about this movie is that it is a family film. My little cuz and I have watched this a few times because she loves it.      …
Quick Tip by . November 10, 2010
Grown up and oversized orphan needs to save his orphanage and teams with a fighting promoter to go on the road and learn how the world works. Stupid, but nice light fun.
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It follows the on-the-road adventures of a trio of misfits -- a naïve giant and church orphan-turned-amateur fighter Walter Krunk (Big Show); former mixed martial arts champion-turned-manager Eddie Sullivan (Mark Feuerstein); and church aide-turned-chaperone, Mary O'Connor (Melora Hardin) -- fighting their way across the south to the annual Pro-Am mixed martial arts tournament in New Orleans.
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Genre: Special Interest
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2009

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