ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – W – The Wrestler (2008)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writer: Robert D Siegel (Screenplay)

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens


Plot: A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Tagline – Love. Pain. Glory.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes


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Verdict: Modern Great


Story: The Wrestler starts as we follow Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson (Rourke) a once icon of the wrestling business, still working small events where he is the star attraction but struggling to make ends meet on the payment for his own trailer park home. Randy is close with the everyday people in his life and has his own go to stripper Cassidy (Tomei).

One night after another show stealing performance Randy suffers a heart-attack where he is warned not to continue wrestling or it will kill him. Randy tries to rekindle his broken relationship with his daughter Stephanie (Wood) while balancing the idea that he could have one final big payday, a rematch against his biggest rival.


Thoughts on The Wrestler


Characters – Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson was once the biggest name in wrestling, now he is nearing retirement where he still performs in small venues. His life is turned upside down after a heart attack where he must decide whether to step away from the limelight or continue performing and risking his health. As a wrestling fan this is an interesting character as it shows just how far someone with go to perform for their fans. Cassidy is the stripper that Randy has become friends with over the years, she keeps her personal life away from the clients but when Randy wants to make their friendship more it turns into a pivotal moment in her life too. Stephanie is the daughter of Randy, he was a terrible father when she grew up, but can she forgive him to start a fresh now, that is the question.

PerformancesMickey Rourke does give the performance of his career here, he breaks away from anything we would know him to make us feel everything we see him go through. Marisa Tomei is great as the stripper with a heart and Evan Rachel Wood continued to show us just how talented she was in her growing career of the time.

StoryThe story follows an aging star of a sport needing to face his own mortality or face losing everything. This is a subject which has always been a popular subject because it is icons who are the ones feel could never finish but once they are gone we miss them. Seeing it from the performers point of view works too because we learn what drives them in the one skill they always believed they had.

SportsThe wrestling sequences do give away secrets of the sport which are well known by now but at the time they were lesser known skills outside the business, but the fights feel as brutal as they seem.

SettingsThe settings show us just how far the once star has fallen from grace, he is now not the man he once was living in trailer park, fighting in small events over the big events he once did.

Scene of the Movie –
Pre-Match Speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me That ending.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the great movies of modern time, it shows the drive performers have to continue doing what they love when they shouldn’t anymore which is why this is a must watch for anyone who has a passion.


Overall: Must watch for all wrestling fans.




My Man Is a Loser (2014)

logoDirector: Mike Young

Writer: Mike Young (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean Young, Michael Rapaport, John Stamos, Tike Sumpter, Diane Guerrero, Bryan Callen, Carly Brooke, Wass Stevens, Courtney Cooper


Plot: Two married friends employ a single playboy to help them get their mojo back to save their marriages.


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Verdict: Enjoyable Comedy


Story: My Man is a Loser starts with giving us the traditional talk for how big New York and how individual Mike (Stamos) is. He is a freewheeling bachelor who is always there for his friends. Paul (Callen) who is struggling with married life and is going through marriage therapy, we also meet Marty (Rapaport) who is still trying to be original while being stuck in a marriage where he getting put in his place. Mike tries to offer advice to all the men who are struggling with relationships and always seems to have the answers.

Marty and Paul are about to close the biggest deal of their career but a night in a strip club with Mike puts the deal and their marriages in jeopardy. Mike has to teach Marty and Paul how to be understanding with woman and learn how to listen to make their wives respect them again. Paul and Marty are trying to make their relationships work while Mike is starting to realize that needs to start taking his life more seriously.

My Man is a Loser is a film that I did enjoy but I did see a couple of big plot holes. I like the idea of struggling relationships that can be fixed if you can realize the mistakes and learn to adapt to the relationship rather than changing everything. I like the comparison between the married men struggling and the single man enjoying things but how by the end of the film we get to see the opposite to surface through both sides of the story. Onto the negative side of this story, firstly I can see why woman don’t enjoy this film because the wives especially get painted very badly because all we see from them is gossip and drinking, we don’t actually see if they work or help with the family monetary issues. We only get to see how the guys need to change rather seeing how things could be worked on together. While the film feels nice to enjoy it doesn’t seem to stick up for both sides in the relationships. (6/10)


Actor Review


Michael Rapaport: Marty is one of the partners in business who is struggling to keep his marriage together. After a night out with the guys he has to make up for his mistakes with the advice from Mike. Michael does a good job with his comedy in this role. (7/10)


John Stamos: Mike is the freewheeling bachelor who gives advice to all his friends while continuing to live his single life. He knows all the cheats to make a woman think they are listening and understanding. John plays the players very easily and looks like a natural. (7/10)


Bryan Callen: Paul is the partner of Marty in business and also has to make up for his mistakes but unlike Marty he struggles to take the advice and make it happen. Bryan does a good job in this role working well with the rest of the cast. (7/10)


Support Cast: My Man is a Loser has a supporting cast that includes the woman who get painted badly through the film and other friends that have got had the problems and haven’t managed to solve the problems.


Director Review: Mike Young – Mike does a good job directing this make the jokes run smoothly but really does seem to only want to tell a one sided story. (6/10)


Comedy: My Man is a Loser does have good laughs throughout but sometimes they come off bit too far over the line. (7/10)

Settings: My Man is a Loser doesn’t have any major settings but tries to make each scene look like a normal day in the life. (7/10)

Suggestion: My Man is a Loser is one to try, I feel guys will enjoy this more than girls because of how negative they are painted. (Try It)


Best Part: Strip club scene.

Worst Part: Woman are not painted very well at all.

Funniest Scene: Bar fight.


Believability: The problems the guys go through could be real ones but how things are dealt with might seem too one sided. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: There is one.


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: Sometimes it takes a player to help you score with your wife.


Overall: This is a solid comedy that can be enjoyed but doesn’t give a fair description of a relationship.

Rating 60