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The Wrestler (2008 film)

510 Ratings: 2.6
Darren Aronofsky's 2008 dramatic film about a down and out professional wrestler.

Robin Ramzinski, ring name Randy "The Ram" Robinson, (Mickey Rourke) is a professional wrestler who was a major star in the 1980s but is now years past his prime and wrestling on the weekends for various independent wrestling promotions in … see full wiki

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Release Date: December 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
21 reviews about The Wrestler (2008 film)
review by . August 27, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I gotta find some of Randy's old matches on Collisum Video
One of thing things I learned after following pro wrestling a few years back is what happened to those names I used to hear about all the time like Jake Roberts and Lex Luger.  I never heard about them dying considering what big names they are, and then I learned a bitter truth.  Those big names and they're big lifestyles came crashing down.  Jake Roberts and Lex Luger were the inspirations for the character of Randy "The Ram" Robinson who is the focus of The Wrestler.   …
review by . February 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****      Well, this is rather surprising; Darren Aronofsky directing a sports flick. How about that? So how well does this little stunt pull off? Well, I'll tell you, and believe me; you're going to be surprising. As it turns out, Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" is no stunt at all, but that's not to say that it's the kind of film that you'd expect out of the guy either. Mr. Aronofsky's follow-up to his ambitious, flawed, but indefinitely artsy "The Fountain" proves to …
review by . July 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
WHO HE WAS TO WHO HE IS - TAKE THAT JOURNEY WITH HIM
      THE WRESTLER      There have been films made before about wrestling and by wrestling I mean pro wrestling, but none like this. This film is the portrait of a man who is coming to terms with his own mortality, literally and also for his craft. There have been many things said about this movie but there seems to be one constant, and that is Mickey Rourke's masterful performance. For those who have not seen this I can tell you right now that he was …
Quick Tip by . August 27, 2011
Washed up 80's wrestling superstar copes with his rockstar days long gone and living day to day in a very non glamorous life. Runs the rollercoaster of touching, hard, fun and sad.
review by . July 15, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Yin and Yang
WARNING: This review contains spoilers!      There are certain fundamental aspects of American culture in the 1980s that I found to be, for lack of a better word, repugnant. The crassness of commercialism was everywhere, politics went straight to hell as Reaganites celebrated American Right-wing supremacy, music fans suffered through the pangs of the glam rock movement and the superficiality and the hedonistic excesses that it embraced, and the yuppies on Wall Street were idealized …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Mickey gives the kind of performance that we all knew he still had in him. Marisa Tomei was equally amazing.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Powerful movie that depicts the side of wrestling and sports that we may not think about, getting older and dealing with trying to continue doing something you love.
review by . February 01, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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Stories that delved into the inner human spirit and tales about redemption have been beloved by critics since anyone can remember. Small wonder, since films that exhibit pure humanity can undoubtedly touch the hearts of audiences--it is a premise that is both fascinating and quite easy to relate to. Inspired by the documentary "Beyond the Mat", director Darren Aronofsky's "The WRESTLER" is a film with a lot of things to say, and may well be Mickey Rourke's best performance; this role may indeed …
review by . December 28, 2009
This movie was a huge and pleasant surprise for me.  I thought it would be more about the wrestling sport/soapstory.  Instead we get a compelling tale of a man that was so into the wrestling game that he ignored the rest of his life.  Mickey Rourke plays a wrestler nicknamed The Ram, who can no longer persue wrestling so he soon realizes that his "real" life is total misery and he really has nothing outside of wrestling.        Ram tries to rekindle …
review by . December 08, 2009
A Gripping Look into the Lifestyle of Professional Wrestling, but a Little Over Hyped...
Growing up a wrestling fan and knowing the business inside and out, The Wrestler hit home in a lot of ways.  I wasn't just a wrestling fan, I used to idolize these guys and perhaps one day, be one of them.  As I got older and was able to differentiate what was real and what was fake, I felt I was able to connect even more with them and what they go through because of all the inner politics that go on in the industry.  The minute the film started, I was blown away at just how well …
review by . December 13, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Outstanding performances by principles; great supporting cast.      Cons: Predictable; slow in places     The Bottom Line: After all the hype surrounding The Wrestler, I expected more.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. When I was growing up watching professional wrestling on Saturday afternoons was a ritual in our neighborhood.  All of the “guys” on the street …
review by . September 22, 2009
Mickey Rourke puts in an award-winning performance as Randy "the Ram" Robinson, a pro wrestler well past his prime who cannot give up doing what he loves best. Randy lives in a rundown trailer (which the landlord locks him out of when he can't pay the rent), drives an ancient van, works part-time for a grocery store, and spends his free time at a strip club, where he flirts with a stripper whose real name is Pam, played by Marisa Tomei. After he has a heart attack and the doctor tells …
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2009
Makes you reflect how one would cope when his prime time is over. Sad and depressing, but it's a realistic portrayal of facts of life.
review by . September 21, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Mickey Rourke puts in an award-winning performance as Randy "the Ram" Robinson, a pro wrestler well past his prime who cannot give up doing what he loves best. Randy lives in a rundown trailer (which the landlord locks him out of when he can't pay the rent), drives an ancient van, works part-time for a grocery store, and spends his free time at a strip club, where he flirts with a stripper whose real name is Pam, played by Marisa Tomei. After he has a heart attack and the doctor tells him to fight …
review by . February 16, 2009
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 …
review by . March 07, 2009
The Wrestler
For those of you who have seen the classic wrestling documentary "Beyond The Mat" in which it feature Jake "The Snake" Roberts heavily, you will recognise the parallels between "The Wrestlers" main character and Jake. Mickey Rourke can also be compared to the character in regards to his personal life as he tends to get himself into trouble a lot of times with the law and in his relationships.      The Plot: Randy "The Ram" Robinson is an aged professional wrestler and personal …
review by . April 22, 2009
I am no fan of wrestling. I find to be terribly tiresome and pointless. That said, I've enjoyed one other movie about the subject ("Beyond the Mat"), and was looking forward to this film due to the wonderful buzz around it.     The film itself is merely ok. It's not bad, but it's not anything special. It tells the story of a washed-up pro-wrestler (Mickey Rourke), whose body is finally giving out on him. He spends the movie just trying to get by until he get into the ring again, …
review by . April 22, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
When I was a little kid, I used to stay up late on Saturday nights with my Dad to watch WWF matches. Those were the days of Hulk Hogan, Roddy "Rowdy" Piper, Iron Shiek, Andre the Giant, Capt. Lou Albano, Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Randy "The Macho Man" Savage, Hillbilly Jim, Junkyard Dog, and Sgt. Slaughter. My grandfather told me that the wrestling we watched was all fake, but it didn't look fake to me. I was enthralled by the matches, the battles, and the spectacle of it all. It was thoroughly …
review by . January 19, 2009
"These things that have comforted me, I drive away   This place that is my home I cannot stay   My only faith's in the broken bones and bruises I display"   (Bruce Springsteen - The Wrestler)       Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Mickey Rourke resurrects his career with a superb performance as Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a professional wrestler twenty years past his glory days.   2. Randy is totally …
review by . April 12, 2009
You can't help but wonder at the autobiographical aspects of The Wrestler - for all his spandex and the lank blonde hair and the self-mutilation, at a very visceral level Mickey Rourke isn't entirely acting this. I have read some comments that this is a film full of cliches redeemed by Rourke's performance but (whilst not taking anything away from Rourke's outstanding performance) that's harsh. For here is a tragedy: Randy the Ram is, at an almost biological level, a performer: it is only as a performer …
review by . March 26, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
For those of you who have seen the classic wrestling documentary "Beyond The Mat" in which it feature Jake "The Snake" Roberts heavily, there is no doubt that Darren Aronofsky will have drawn some inspiration from this real life tragic figure. To those who have already seen this spectacular film, you will recognise the parallels between "The Wrestlers" main character and Jake. Mickey Rourke can also be compared to the character in regards to his personal life as he tends to get himself into trouble …
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