Rent The Wrestler (2008)

3.7 of 5 from 672 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life - trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei).
Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back in.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Robert D. Siegel
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Drama, Sports & Sport Films
Awards:

2009 BAFTA Best Actor

2008 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion

BBFC:
Release Date:
01/06/2009
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Within The Ring
  • Interview with Mickey Rourke
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/06/2009
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Within the Ring - Documentary
  • Interview with Mickey Rourke
  • Trailer

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Reviews (5) of The Wrestler

Rourke at his best - The Wrestler review by PT

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17/09/2016

Randy the ram is a wrestler who should have retired about a decade ago. Wrestling in local halls and small time venues, the once famous Randy still ploughs on as its his life, his calling, his love. Rourke is brilliant as the wrestler who doesn't know when to pull the plug.

Marisa Tomei is also outstanding as the pole dancer Randy has the hots for, will she won't she, some outstanding close ups of her expressions stick with me.

His attempts to reconcile with his estranged daughter are moving and tragic. Top notch indie film.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

The bigger they used to be, the harder they fall... - The Wrestler review by Count Otto Black

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31/05/2017

By far the best thing about this film is Mickey Rourke's truly magnificent performance, which as cinematic portrayals of washed-up pugilists go is up there with Robert DeNiro's in "Raging Bull". I'm not sure which is better, but it has to be said that Randy the Ram is a much nicer guy than Jake LaMotta, and if he's no better at relationships, it's for entirely different reasons. This battered old wreck who can't grow up and lives in a dismal caravan surrounded by tacky souvenirs of his long-past glory days may be irresponsible, not too bright, and still sporting terrible eighties hair in his fifties, but he's oddly lovable, and he deserves a break.

Of course, this being a Darren Aronofsky film, what are the chances he's going to get one? He's an obsolete poverty-stricken has-been, both the women in his life are even more emotionally damaged than he is (in the case of his daughter, it may be his fault, but we're given so little backstory that she comes across as a bit crazy), and on top of all that, he finds out early in the film that his heart's in such bad shape that to carry on wrestling would be literally suicidal. Is there any possibility whatsoever of a happy ending?

The script is rather lazy, with too many plot-points that are predictable clich├ęs. Will our hero last long in a job which seems specifically designed to humiliate him beyond endurance? Go on, guess! The Ram's fellow wrestlers have tremendous camaraderie and warmth that almost amounts to love, even while they're beating each other up in ways that have to be seen to be believed - seriously, staple-guns?! - whereas the women he desperately tries to connect with are traumatized wrecks who seem barely able to relate to anyone. The 20th anniversary of the fight which marked the pinnacle of his career is approaching, and he has to decide whether or not to relive that triumph one more time. Will he listen to the advice of his doctor?

This is one of those movies where the ending is so inevitable it might as well have been the beginning, with the rest of the film showing us how the hero ended up there, and I was coldly impressed without actually enjoying it. It's just as well Aronofsky wasn't allowed to make that Batman movie he nearly directed. It would have made "Dawn Of Justice" look like "Lego Batman".

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Strength vulnerability and immorality - The Wrestler review by JD

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31/01/2011

This has the machismo of Rocky with moments of contrasting tenderness. This superficial character spends all day body-building and all night hiring prostitutes and snorting cocaine. He is a bad boy hero and not one that draws you to him. The vulnerable scenes were not well acted or directed but made good sense to the plot. The film is a cult classic but didn't really grip me.

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