The film follow two losers, played by Scott Caan and David Arquette, who run a septic truck business for the local town of Lusk, Wyoming. Their idol is Jimmy King (Oliver Platt), grand champion belt holder of the WCW Federation, who proclaims "I WILL RULE YOU!" after every victory. Caan and Arquette attend a WCW bout and, in horror, watch their idol fall from grace by turncoat WCW wrestlers. Jimmy King is beaten to a bloody pulp and a fellow wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page, takes the belt from the fallen king. After the show, Caan and Arquette strike out to find their defeated hero and once again place the crown upon the rightful king of the ring.
The strengths of the film lie in its wonderful script. It draws from the familiar lines of many sport films yet retains a strong sense of disbelief that helps carry the emotions of the characters to a heart-pounding end. Arquette and Caan put out wonderful performances of simple men looking to fulfill their dreams without anything standing in their way. The supporting cast of real wrestlers - Goldberg, Sting, Macho Man Randy Savage, and Mr. Perfect - lend their acting chops to help authenticate the action. And director Brian Robbins lends a confident hand at capturing the beauty of the choreographed moves, strongly capturing the feeling of this "circus" masquerading as a professional sport.
But the best thing about the movie is how damn funny it is. The scenes are littered with enough foul humor to embarrass the Farrelly Brothers but are carried by the convictions of the characters and the innocence of common men in the presence of giants. Even Joe Pantoliano, playing a sleazy wrestling promoter responsible for the King's downfall, and Oscar winner Martin Landau, playing an old-school wrestler who trains King, bring wonderful diversity to the characters in the film. Rose McGowan shines as well as a manipulative WCW dancer who likes to wrestle and growl in bed.
Ready to Rumble is a fun, rambunctious film filled with laughs and a great storyline. Take your favorite wrestling fan (or your favorite closeted wrestling fan) and a good time is guaranteed.
Ready or not!
Run time: 107 mins
In Theaters: Friday 7th April 2000
Box Office Worldwide: $12.4M
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: Warner Bros., Bel Air Entertainment
Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 23%
Fresh: 16 Rotten: 53
IMDB: 5.3 / 10
Director: Brian Robbins
Producer: Robert F. Newmyer, Jeffrey Silver
Screenwriter: Steven Brill
Starring: David Arquette as Gordie Boggs, Scott Caan as Sean Dawkins, Oliver Platt as Jimmy King, Bill Goldberg as Himself (as Goldberg), Rose McGowan as Sasha, Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr as Himself (as DDP), Richard Lineback as Mr. Boggs, Chris Owen as Isaac, Steve Borden as Himself (as Sting), Joe Pantoliano as Titus Sinclair, Martin Landau as Sal Bandini, Caroline Rhea as Eugenia King, Tait Smith as Frankie King, Ellen Dow as Mrs. MacKenzie, Kathleen Freeman as Jane King, Lewis Arquette as Fred King, Ahmet Zappa as Cashier, John Cena as Himself (Uncredited), A. David Burleigh as Vendor (uncredited)
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