Ready to Rumble

Starring: Oliver Platt, John Goodman, Bill Goldberg, Chris Owen, David Arquette, Scott Caan, Rose McGowan, Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Joe Pantoliano

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Produced by: Bel Air Entertainment

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: comedy

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Review by Xibo Date seen: April 7, 2000
Viewing Location: Union Square, NYC Grade: A
Summary: A wild and wacky wrestling romp.
David Arquette may be mental but he manages to hold it together (barely) to star in this silly and really fun film about a couple of slackers who witness their hero (a wrestler played by Oliver Platt) get massacred and fired. They decide it is their mission to restore him to greatness, and this leads to a cross-country road trip to track him down, confront him, and get him back in shape for the next great pay-per-view. All of the background wrestlers are real wrestlers from the WCW; the movie itself is a decent vehicle for promoting WCW. It's just too bad that the PPV main event in the movie looked more exciting than any PPV that WCW has put on in the last couple years.

Rose McGowan plays the sexy love interest, the nitroest Nitro Girl of them all. Martin Landau is hilarious as Sal, an ancient wrestler/trainer they hire to bring their hero back into shape. The movie is tons of fun if you're a wrestling fan.

Obviously if you're not into wrestling, then much of the film may seem just "stupid" to you. 

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