Parents' Guide to

The Wrestler

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brilliant drama about rough redemption is for adults only.

Movie R 2008 105 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 17+

Very good drama about an aged wrestler's chance of redemption.

The Wrestler has to be one of Mickey Rourke's best performances. He literally brings his character, Randy "The Ram" to life in this film, and it shows his stressful daily struggles coping with his old age plus his passion for wrestling, which takes a huge turn when he abuses certain drugs to keep him fit, and the excessive heavylifting, which lands him a massive heart attack. Ever since, he's told that if he ever wrestles like he does ever again, he's literally playing Russian roulette. One time could be his last, since his mutiple heart bypass operation caused by the relentless wrestling. This movie isn't for children nor teenagers, because the violence displayed in this movie, especially for the scenes of brutal wrestling, is disturbing and graphic. One scene, you see Randy cut his forehead with a razor to bring a "bloody hit" effect in wrestling;a scene where you see him literally suffer a heart attack, vomits, and passes out in the floor; and another part where he gets mad at working in the grocery store where he cuts his hand on a ham slicer and blood gushes everywhere. Language is strong and vulgar at times, frequent uses of f**k, god**n, sh*t, b*tch, and other anatomical terms. Sexual content is strong and graphic when shown, especially one of the characters work as a stripper, where you see bare breasts and people dancing provocatively. One explicit scene shows a man thrusting into another woman in the bathroom, where you see his groin and the woman's bare breasts. The Wrestler is one of the best, well written dramas of 2008, but for your children, keep aware that this movie is HIGH on the violence, sexual content and language.

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age 17+

Extreme violence and graphic content makes this movie a no-gooder for kids

This movie contains graphic content,Persuasive strong language,And EXTENSIVE consumer products like Call Of Duty 4,RATT,And Polard,I rate that NO ONE under 17 can WATCH THIS MOVIE!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (13):

One of the best American films of 2008, The Wrestler is a brilliant, heartfelt, and unsentimental drama anchored by an incredible performance from Rourke as a washed-up athlete. Rourke's Randy relies on past glories, a part-time job at the grocery store, and massive doses of steroids to keep his bills paid and his career going. But his heart attack changes that, and Randy has to try to channel his charm and need for the spotlight into different areas of life, reaching out to Stephanie and Cassidy instead of playing to the crowd.

The Wrestler sounds intense, and it is, but it's also quite funny, thanks to the script by ex-Onion editor Rob Siegel. "I have two words to say to you, dude," a promoter pitches to Randy in anticipation of the approaching anniversary of his bout with theAyatollah: "Re. Match." Rourke is also charming, showing us a man who not only craves attention but also has a spark that makes people want to watch him, whether it's performing in the ring or dishing out cold cuts. Director Darren Aronofsky's previous films -- Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and The Fountain -- were all gorgeously shot and impressively smart. But with The Wrestler, he's working in much more emotional territory than he's explored before -- and clearly marking a new phase of his career with a film that combines the style and feel of modern European dramas with very American cultural concerns. Tough, rough, and impressive, The Wrestler's wounds and bruises hide a mighty heart.

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