5 Wrestling Movies Less Sad Than The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke's performance in "The Wrestler" was heart-wrenching in its honest portrayal of a fallen star who can't come to to terms with his meager existence. But, the world of pro wrestling isn't all drugs and depression and broken relationships. It can be remarkably lighthearted, or it can be incredibly weird. Sometimes, very often in fact, it can be so bad, that it's actually good. Take a look at these five wrestling movies that are less sad than "The Wrestler" in the hopes that they will lift your movie-going spirits.
In the crazy world of bar room pro wrestling, nothing is certain. We've all been in a bar, wandered into the back room, and watched dudes bust out pile drivers and top-rope elbows for reals, right? See, in "Backyard Dogs," this stuff is going on for real, and people in the bars are betting on the action. The older brother from "Home Improvement" seeks fame and fortune by immersing himself in this vicious world of wrestling, wherein he must fight for his life by using Irish Whips and a crazy nickname, much like John Wayne before him.
"Beyond the Mat."
This documentary did pretty well during its late-'90s release, blending together stories about wrestlers at various points in their careers. Wrestling legend Mick Foley is profiled, and his story is largely a happy one, concussions aside. Jake Roberts' story is less happy. Actually, it's pretty pathetic, and is only a few steps short of being the real story behind "The Wrestler." But other moments in the film, with Terry Funk and Mike Modest, are pretty light, elevating this movie above being another sad wrestling story.
"Ready 2 Rumble."
David Arquette delivers a tour-de-force performance as a septic truck driver who loves wrestling. Oliver Platt, who apparently needed the money, stars as a fallen wrestler who was screwed over by a wrestling promoter, and David Arquette is on a quest to get him back to the big time to avenge himself. Or something. It doesn't really matter because the movie is garbage, but at least it doesn't take itself too serious. This movie later led to a World Title win for David Arquette. Seriously.
"No Holds Barred."
This may well be the pinnacle of wrestling cinema, if not film in general. Written by Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan during the height of '80s Hulkamania, this movie is pure comedy gold. Want proof? Look up the phrase "No Hold Barred Dookie," and prepare to laugh as hard as you've ever laughed. Apart from that scene, the movie is just one ridiculous cliche as it moves from scene to scene, but the Hulk's acting skills are such that all of the scenes are unintentionally hilarious. After watching "The Wrestler," you need a film like this to perk you up.
"Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy."
Mil Mascaras was a legit star in Mexico, and he has over twenty films to his credit. However, this gem features the Man of a Thousand Masks doing battle with a mummy, using all sorts of "lucha libre" wrestling moves to dispatch the undead. This movie is for anyone who thought "Abbot and Costello Meet The Wolfman" was too sober for them and wanted something crazier. If you can't laugh at a man doing flying body attacks to a mummy, then you may have funny bone. Or maybe, you watched "The Wrestler" one too many times, and now you're incapable of being happy.