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The Wrestler 2008
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  • Darren Aronofsky
  • October 12, 2008
  • 109 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Romance
Love. Pain. Glory.
Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.

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The Wrestler is a constantly engaging and compelling character study with some of the finest acting, writing, directing I have seen in recent years. Oh and I forgot, the last shot will leave you speechless.

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This is not a happy film, but you will be smiling after the end. Not the teeth showing kind of smile, but that happy smile you get after watching a good movie and then reflect on how the parts of the movie coalesced so perfectly. Mickey Rourke was excellent in this, and it was a good story.

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The Wrestler helped me realise wrestling is disgusting and wrestling fans should really find a better hobby. That anything-goes fight made me so uncomfortable, how on earth could anybody ever want to watch or take part in that? Go dance ballet or something, at least when you go crazy doing that, you'll look cool doing so. Other than the grotesque nature of those parts of the movie, the rest of it was actually really good. The story itelf was great and Mickey Rourke was outstanding. If I was a more reasonable person, I might even say it was a great movie because the wrestling parts did exactly what they were supposed to do, but good thing I'm not then because wrestling sucks. "The only place I get hurt is out there." ;_;

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