In the genre of sports movies, wrestling is barely represented. And I don’t mean wrestling movies like The Wrestler or Ready to Rumble (Which is inexplicably a guilty pleasure of mine). I mean high school wrestling as seen in movies like Vision Quest. And can I take a quick aside to ask if that’s the only one? I seriously can’t think of anything else and I was on the high school wrestling team.
Anyways- John Cena (Pro Wrestler and star of The Marine) will be starring in what seems to be a legitimate look at real wrasslin’. He’ll be playing the older brother and mentor of actor Devon Graye, best known for his work as Teenage Dexter. Patricia Clarkson will be appearing to ensure that The Boozehound buys a ticket and Danny Glover will be too old for this shit.
Here’s the trailer -
Well, I will say the kid looks appropriately nerdy to be on the wrestling team. Especially as a lower weight class. But, to reveal something about my roots, my parents watch WWE every Monday and Friday and John Cena (from what I’ve seen) is not the guy to teach you how to wrestle. If he’s just weight-training him, then yes. The dude is a tank. But how’s he going to learn how to shoot from a big slow dude like John? That’s key to the lower weight classes!
I might be analyzing this too much. At least there’s a long history of wrestlers becoming successful dramatic actors. You know, like… “Rowdy” Roddy Piper? Don’t tell me he wasn’t great in They Live.
If you’re still reading at this point you probably have some interest in wrestling. So let me ask you- What do you think of this? And also- Am I forgetting some classic High School / College Wrestling movie? A good method actor could really work the “insane weight loss” angle.