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This is one of the first films franchised by the wrestling industry to put their enormously popular stars on the big screen, unlike Mickey Rourke's more recent and more acclaimed 'The Wrestler' this film is played mainly for laughs and does include a number of the eras wrestlers to give it some much needed star power.
The films main characters are Gordie (David Arquette) and Sean (Scott Caan) a couple of sanitation workers who want to get their favourite wrestler Jimmy 'The King' King (Oliver Platt) back into the big time spotlight. The wrestling promoter Titus Sinclair (Pantaliano) feels the King has outlived his usefulness so the boys have an uphill struggle to persuade the industry that he still has what it takes to entertain the crowds.
David Arquette ... Gordie Boggs
Oliver Platt ... Jimmy King
Scott Caan ... Sean Dawkins
Bill Goldberg ... Himself (as Goldberg)
Rose McGowan ... Sasha
Dallas Page ... Himself (as DDP)
Richard Lineback ... Mr. Boggs
Chris Owen ... Isaac
Steve Borden ... Himself (as Sting)
Joe Pantoliano ... Titus Sinclair
Martin Landau ... Sal Bandini
Caroline Rhea ... Eugenia King
Tait Smith ... Frankie King
Ellen Albertini Dow ... Mrs. MacKenzie
Kathleen Freeman ... Jane King
Lewis Arquette ... Fred King
Ahmet Zappa ... Cashier
Max Daniels ... Stu
John Ennis ... Stan
Jill Ritchie ... Brittany
Anthony T. Pennello ... Gus (as Tony Pennello)
Scott 'Bam Bam' Bigelow ... Himself (as Bam Bam Bigelow)
Stephanie Bellars ... Herself (as Georgeous George)
Juventud Guerrera ... Himself
Mark Hildreth ... Himself (as Van Hammer)
Curt Hennig ... Himself
Michael Haynes ... Himself (as Prince Iaukea)
Glenn Gilbertti ... Himself (as Disco Inferno)
Peter Gruner ... Himself (as Billy Kidman)
Charles Ashenoff ... Himself (as Konnan)
Oscar Gutiérrez ... Himself (as Rey Mysterio Jr)
Perry Saturn ... Himself (as Saturn)
Randy Savage ... Himself (as Randy 'Macho Man' Savage)
Booker Huffman ... Himself (as Booker T)
Sid Eudy ... Himself (as Sid Vicious)
Chae An ... Herself (as Chae)
Teri Byrne ... Herself (as Fyre)
Melissa Anne Bellin ... Herself (as Spice)
Sharmell Sullivan ...Herself (as Storm)
Vanessa Bozman ...Herself (as Tygress)
Gene Okerlund ... Himself
Noah Schiavone ...Himself (as Tony Schiavone)
Mike Tenay ... Himself
Michael Buffer ... Himself
Charles Robinson ...Himself
I've included a large castlist simply to give wrestling fans an idea of the stars involved in this film, most of them barring Rey Mysterio Jr are now out of the limelight and due to this the film does feel like something of an archive piece and history lesson. It has dated fairly badly and it is strange that a parody of an industry which itself is something of a parody was needed.
There are some good actors in this film in Landau and Macgowan but the star is undoubtedly Platt playing a man who unlike his wrestling persona is a drunk transvestite with no self belief or moral guidance system. This was basically created as a vehicle for the now defunct WCW wrestling association and it does headline a lot of their stars who put themselves into playing hyped up versions of themselves with glee.
Overall it is an affectionate film and the cast do their best with it, Arquette and Caan are very annoying in the leads and their sub-Bill and Ted rantings are a bit embarrassing at times.
The film does try to give off a message of belief and honesty and there are some tender moments as their men-children realise their dreams and beliefs may have been ill-held and unrealistic, but as you'd expect their is a rip-roaring finale and everybody gets the chance to have an ending.
Overall this could have been a car crash of a film but is saved by some decent performances and some funny lines, it doesn't tell us anything new about wrestling, and most of the stars are now exactly in the role of 'the King' being no longer needed in their industry, which is ironic, but as a film its watchable and apart from the leads doesn't make you want to get up and bodyslam your tv into the sofa!!!
Wrestlers in ready to rumble : Sting , Disco Inferno , Macho Man Randy Savage , Nitro Girls , Billy Kidman , Rey Mysterio JR , Booker T , DDP , Goldberg , Sid vicious , Bam Bam Bigelow , Kenny Kaos , Mean Gene Okerlund A comedy Wrestling film , to most people this kind of film would come across as boring .But its actually done well , its got the right balance of humor and wrestling perfectly . The main story is Jimmy King (Oliver Platt ) is WCW world champion but after losing to DDP in a title match he is kicked out of WCW , after being fired he turns into a pig , giving up on life but when 2 huge wrestling fans ( David Arquette and Scott Caan ) on his trailer park door step he decides eventually to give wrestling another try. The film's status as a commerical is a little too obivous though , every single charcter in the movie seems to adore Butterfingers and Pepsi . And then you see WCW plastered over everything , even the actors ( Sean wears a WCW T shirt for nearly the entire film ). The script (written by Steven Brill ) raises and then answer the whole wrestling masculinty question , its answered when Sting helps Jimmy King at the end to defeat DDP, after helping Jimmy he comes down to ringside where Sean can't control himself procliaming " we're men and we're not afriad to say we love other men " to which Sting delievers him a punch to the face. This was the scripts way of saying wrestling not for senstive people not matter what Sean just said. Though for nonwrestling fans some parts of the movie may be confusing as they might not undertand all the wrestling jokes . Overall though this movie is a success for anyone who likes wrestling and/or comedy's , worth buying just to see all your favourite superstars try and act . Hopeful we'll see more of these kinds of movies in the future .
As a long time wrestling fan, when I heard about ready to rumble, I was determined to give it a good watch (and remembering another such film, No Holds Barred, I didn't hold out much hope for it), however I was most pleasantly surprised. The movie starts off by introducing us to the 'driving forces' in the story, two wrestling fans who take the sport too seriously. Gordi (David Arquette) and Sean (Scott Caan) idolise the reigning WCW champion, Jimmy King (Oliver Platt), and are due to see him defend his belt against Diamond Dallas Page, fully expecting their hero, a fan favourite, to walk away retaining the championship. Unfortunately, WCW owner Titus Sinclair has other ideas, and he organises the match so that King not only loses the belt, but also his wrestling career with a severe beating by numerous WCW stars. Gordie and Sean decide, while witnessing this, as they see it, gross injustice that they must help Jimmy King regain his career and title, thus begins a hilarious series of events dealing with their meeting their hero and helping him back onto his feet, and finally back into the ring. Although the main three characters are the focus of most of the action, they are backed by a wealth of talent in the supporting roles, the best of which are Martin Landau as aged amateur wrestling trainer Sal Bandini, Rose McGowan as the shallow and treacherous Sacha, and surprisingly enough, Goldberg, Page and some of the other wrestlers, who accounted well for themselves in an acting capacity. Also something I found quite a surprise when I discovered it was that David Arquette did his research for the film within the ranks of the WCW, even to the point of holding the WCW title himself for a while. There might be a few too many wrestling in-jokes and personalities in here for most people to enjoy the film fully, but the average wrestling fan (even those who only watch it irregularly) should find it most enjoya
You all know that I indulge in a spot of WWE watching don’t you? (where else do you think I came up with my dooyoo name?), well of course like nearly all fans of this ‘sport’ I do know that its fake – sure there’ve been times when ‘matches’ have turned into out-right brawls for real but hey – in any company there’ll be a clash of personalities. But last night whilst sat on here and waiting for WWE Raw to start I needed something to keep me going, lord knows I’m not allowed alcohol at the minute (bloody painkillers!) so it had to be something else – this is where ‘Ready to Rumble’ came into play – contrary to its place on dooyoo its not a TV programme – it’s a movie, about wrestling, now I remember No Holds Barred well – it sucked and if I was being honest I expected Ready to Rumble to be the same – for once I was wrong. Jimmy King is the No 1 wrestler, the fans love him, hes World Champion, he has everything going for him except that the promoters don’t like him – they want a change in their product, they want to give it more of an ‘edge’ and to do that they need to get the championship belt away from him. To do that, bring on Diamond Dallas Page (one of many actual wrestlers who make an appearance), and a group of other wrestlers to cheat King out of the belt and ensure that he gets banned from wrestling ever again. When all this happens 2 of Jimmy Kings biggest fans Gordie and Sean decide that they’re going to ensure that King returns to the ring and regains the belt that’s rightfully his, But they’ve got a shock coming – outside the ring King is nothing, hes literally a nobody. However this is a movie right? So of course we get to see Gordie and Sean help King get himself a one-off chance to win back his career and his belt, and the bulk of the movie there-on-in is the trai
ning King goes through with Gordie, Sean and Sal Landini (an aging trainer). * Cast * Gordie Boggs played by David Arquette: The character of Gordie is that of a goof-ball, hes a fully grown man whos certain that wrestling isn’t fake, he also has aspirations of being a wrestler himself – so of course all his peers use this as a chance to antagonise him. As the movie continues we do get a chance to see the character developing and its indicative that perhaps Arquette should firmly keep his feet on the comedy-acting ground, hes done brilliantly in this movie not taking the role too seriously and generally putting in a controlled performance, providing some of the best comedy scenes I’ve watched in a while when he has his skits with his on-screen father about how hes wasting his life hoping to become a wrestler – Arquette at his best. Sean Dawkins played by Scott Caan: Once again we have a wrestling fan, this time however he realises that hes never going to be a professional wrestler and that although he has a passion for watching the sport that he’d better find something else to do with his life or watch it go down the pan. Along with Gordie Boggs the character of Sean creates the main duo that have almost 100% screen-time in this movie. Scott Caan himself I’ve hardly ever seen in anything else in fact the only other thing I’ve ever seen him in was Gone in 60 Seconds (as Tumbler), and once again it’s a good performance from Caan as there's a heavy comedy siding there topped off with an under-lying serious story as well, its as if they’re trying to tell you that no matter how daft your dream is to give it a go as you never know if it may come true or not. Jimmy King played by Oliver Platt: believe it or not this is the only other main character there is, the rest are bit parters – even Kings trainer only has a bit-part. King as I’m sure you’
;ve read up there is the hero of Sean and Gordie, but hes a slob – hes only happy if hes drinking and often turns up to work drunk. As the movie progresses you get to see the character evolve into someone who has realised the error in his ways and decides to change everything and be the man the fans all think he is, of course this does demand a bit of character evolution from loser to hero and Platt does it quite well – its not a great performance but its enough to keep the movie going. * Soundtrack * It’s the usual wrestling fare – by that I mean imagine your big name (in America only) rock-stars like kid rock and others, so in other words its loud guitar solos with some bloke singing over the top of it, it works for wrestling so I guess it works for this movie just don’t any of you wannabe movie makers get any ideas though. * Overall * Its good if you’re a wrestling fan, if you’re not then you may enjoy it but not as much as a wrestling fan would – I mean how many of these names do you non-wrestling fans know? Juventud Guerrera, Goldberg, Billy Kidman, Sting and Mr Perfect – cos y’know the wrestling purist will be foaming at the mouth to see a movie with all these in – so watch it if you like wrestling or want to get into it, but if you hate the ‘sport’ with a passion keep away eh?