A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Wrestling violence, mostly comic, but brutal at times.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief bare behind, many sexual references.
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Some strong language, many euphemisms.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character abuses alcohol, lots of beer drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, despite the rating, this movie has a lot of R-type material, including incessant and very raw potty humor, strong language, sexual references, and a bare behind. Part of the adventure is sexual initiation for both of the leading characters. A bad guy tells an employee to have sex with someone to find out what he is up to. A girl "presents" a boy with sex as a gift. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Ready to Rumble is a sort of Bill and Ted's Excellent Wrestling Adventure. It's a movie for all those out there who can't wait for the next Adam Sandler movie, and especially for those who find those Adam Sandler movies a little too intellectually challenging.
Arquette and Caan are hard to resist. Most actors who play clueless characters can't resist show-boating to let us know how clever they are. Arquette and Caan just open themselves up to the inner dope. Their simple exhuberence, loyalty, and sweetness keep this movie from feeling too sour or tired. The able support of character actors like Platt, Landau, Joe Pantoliano (as the wrestling promoter), the sadly underused Rhea, an assortment of wrestling superstars like Goldberg and Sting and some good music help to keep it moving. This may also be the only soundtrack in history to feature both Kid Rock and Aaron Copeland.
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