Writer: Robert Cuffley, Jason Long (Screenplay)
Starring: Chris Marquette, Amanda Crew, Michael Eklund, Niall Matter, Gwynyth Walsh, Mick Foley
Plot: A mild-mannered deli clerk finally gets a second chance to pursue his high school sweetheart, a notorious female professional wrestler, when she returns for their ten-year reunion.
Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Fun Little Comedy
Story: Chokeslam starts as the mild-mannered deli clerk Corey (Marquette) meets an old class colleague Luke (Eklund) who joins him in attending the high school reunion, one where Corey could get a second chance with his high school sweetheart, Sheena (Crew) who followed her dream of becoming a wrestler.
Corey sees his chance going in a strange direction when he learns that Sheena’s career hasn’t gone the way she had planned, with it spiralling out of control, wanting to look to retire from the industry, with a retirement match being planned, with Corey using it as a chance to reconnect with his old love.
Thoughts on Chokeslam
Characters – Corey is a mild-mannered young man who hasn’t really achieved too much in his life, which is more about how much he has struggled with his own heartbreak and missed opportunity. When his old sweetheart is returning he wants to make a move on the one that got away, trying to help her career. Sheena DeWilde was Corey’s high school sweetheart, she has gone onto have a career in wrestling which has seen her reach the top and spiral out of control, deep down she has had enough of the journey, but doesn’t know how to escape the life, Corey helps her see her life is her choice, while her boyfriend pushes her into wanting to continue. Luke is the former popular guy at school who has fallen off the rails who finds Corey needing to help him get out of his own slump. Tab is the boyfriend and manager of Sheena, he always looks down on people using his power to try and control the people in his life.
Performances – Chris Marquette is solid enough in the leading role, showing how an average everyday person struggles through life. Amanda Crew is great as the wrestler with problems outside the ring, showing the true struggle of celebrity lifestyle. Michael Eklund gets plenty of laughs along the way, while Niall Matter makes us hate his character with his actions.
Story – The story here follows a mild-mannered man who hasn’t achieved too much in his life after having his heart broken in high school, now when his high school sweetheart returns, he wants to go all in on trying to win her back, despite the fact that she has become a big name in the wrestling world. This story does show us how life can be hard when you get your heart broken, it can put somebody into a downward spiral that holds their life up for years, only getting a second chance could change everything. We do also get to see how the celebrity life isn’t always what it is cracked up to be with wrestling being one that is even hard than most people would imagine. The mix shows us how comfort can be found in life through people, not achievement.
Comedy – The comedy in the film is more slapstick than anything else, the laughs aren’t as hard as they could be, but work well for the tone of the film.
Settings – The film uses the small town setting to show how the wrestler returning will get memories, deal with people that enjoy watching them fail and seeing how the rest of the town are all together in their own problems.
Scene of the Movie – The main event.
Final Thoughts – This is an entertaining enough comedy, it puts a new light on wrestling and its difficulties along with life struggles too.