Ready to Rumble (2000)

READY TO RUMBLE, a dim-witted-if-disgustingly-funny pro-wrestling 
comedy, sets several screen precedents:  the sight of Oliver Platt 
in drag, drunk, and staggering around a white-trashed camper; Aca-
demy Award-winning actor Martin Landau actually uttering the line 
"whose your daddy, bitch?"; a van full of nuns singing an acoustic 
version of Van Halen's "Running with the Devil"; the collision of a 
truck carrying toilet paper with another leaking septic suckings; 
and what must be the most varied usage of the word "ass" in a hun-
dred years of moving pictures.  ("Whoop Ass," "Sour Ass," "Ass 
Juice," etc.)  Stupid but silly but played straight, which means 
that when the laughs wane, so does your attention.  (Lots of watch-
watching in this one.)  I left somewhere in the second hour, around 
the time that Courtney Cox's husband David Arquette screamed "for-
eign objects!" when confronted by Rose McGowen's breasts.  Brian 
Robbins (VARSITY BLUES) directs and Steven Brill penned the screen-
play, which contains the immortal lament "all I got to remember him 
by is an itchy crotch."  Sniff.  With Scott Caan, Joe Pantoliano, 
and Page Falkinburg.  (Rated "PG-13"/105 min.)  
Grade: W/O

Copyright 2000 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies as MOVIE HELL: April 6, 2000

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