Queens of the Ring

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining subtitled wrestling comedy with profanity, sex.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 97 minutes

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Positive Messages

Characters show qualities of drive, determination, and persistence in their actions as they train to become professional wrestlers. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rose and her coworkers at the supermarket display tremendous resolve and tenacity as they train to become professional wrestlers. 


Professional wrestling-style violence. When unveiling her "Lara Croft"-inspired wrestling attire -- complete with a gun -- Rose fires the gun, not knowing it's loaded. A dog jumps out of the window of a burning building and falls to its death. 


Brief female nudity. Sexual innuendo and sex talk. 


Frequent profanity, including "f--k."


One of the production companies is WWE Studios, an offshoot of the WWE sports-entertainment/professional-wrestling conglomerate. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters get drunk on alcohol and smoke marijuana from bongs. Two intoxicated characters have a contest to see who can urinate on a seagull first. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Queens of the Ring is a 2013 French movie about a single mother recently out of jail who, in a desperate attempt to connect with her estranged wrestling-obsessed son, decides to train to become a professional wrestler. The movie is in French, with English subtitles. Unsurprisingly, there is frequent professional-wrestling-style violence. There's brief female nudity and frequent sexual innuendo and sex talk. A woman accidentally fires a loaded gun. A dog jumps out of a high floor of a burning building and falls to its death. Characters drink alcohol to intoxication and smoke marijuana out of bongs. In one scene, two drunk men on a pier have a contest to see who can urinate on a seagull first. 

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What's the story?

Rose (Marilou Berry) is trying to put her life back together after getting out of prison. She gets a job as a cashier in a supermarket, but when she goes to visit her 10-year-old son in foster care, she finds that he doesn't want to talk to her and he's obsessed with professional wrestling. In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her son, Rose decides to train to become a professional wrestler. She enlists the help of a former wrestler named Richard the Lionhearted (Andre Dussollier) and convinces her bored coworkers to join her. Together, they train and learn all the wrestling moves and holds and, within three months, have developed their own wrestling personas and are ready to take on the dreaded Lucha Libre Mexican Divas. However, tensions within the group come to the surface when the other cashiers learn the real reason why Rose went to prison, and Rose's son is still skeptical of her motivations. Still, the ladies must rise above these difficulties and get into the ring to prove they're worthy of being the national sensations they have become. 

Is it any good?

With the right attitude (being willing to read English subtitles, not being a total pro-wrestling purist), QUEENS OF THE RING is an enjoyable movie on its own terms. A cynic might wonder why the WWE is coproducing a movie about professional wrestling, especially one set in France. Though it's a somewhat ludicrous execution of a dubious premise (it's not impossible for middle-aged cashiers to rise to pro-wrestling prominence within three months), all the characters are likable and funny in their own ways. Although it's not the greatest sports movie ever made by any stretch, there are some laugh-out-loud moments.

The enjoyment of this movie is entirely dependent upon how much you're willing to get into the spirit of the thing. This makes it similar to pro wrestling in that regard. If you can apply suspension of disbelief to something that's all about suspension of disbelief, Queens of the Ring is an entertaining story of persistence, empowerment -- and pile drivers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the nuances of this being a French film. What would be different had the movie been set in a different country? What would stay the same? 

  • Why do you think the WWE professional-wrestling corporation would want to coproduce this movie? 

  • Which aspects of this movie feel like a comedy, and which feel like a drama? 

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