Making the Grades
If Gordie (David Arquette) could be anything in the world, he'd be a professional wrestler. But Gordie's father, the sheriff of their small town, has different plans for his son, and forcibly insists he take law enforcement night courses. During the day, Gordie and his buddy Sean (Scott Caan) constantly discuss wrestling, while earning their living operating an old septic truck.
With this premise, it's no surprise this movie runs rampant with scatological humor, beginning with the day Gordie connects the truck's suction hose up to the back of a toilet Sean is using. Later, while eating lunch on the back of their dripping septic truck, they anxiously await the upcoming evening, convinced it will be the greatest experience of their lives -- two tickets to see WCW Monday Nitro in person. Even better, their wrestling idol Jimmy King (Oliver Platt) is in the ring.
Expecting to see their champion reign supreme, the boys are in for as big of a surprise as King is. Feeling King has reached the end of his career, boss Titus Sinclair (Joe Pantoliano) has arranged for King's brutal defeat. When the deed is over, Gordie and Sean are so distraught they crash their septic truck on the way home. Certain the wreck is a sign their sewage sucking days are over, they begin their new mission of restoring King to his glory.
The fight to get King back on his throne will probably create the greatest confusion for young audiences (it certainly won't be the plot...) Even the fans of TV wrestling argue over whether the action is real or just carefully choreographed. Certainly King's comeback doesn't fit into Sinclair's script, and requires actual brawling. But the whole thing is only pretend because it's a movie, right?
The script tries to redeem itself by showing team effort and a change of heart in Gordie's father (warranting a "plus" after the D grade). However, violence without consequences, foul language, toilet humor, and sexy babes, left only my stomach ready to rumble.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Ready To Rumble.
The boys in this movie believe professional wrestling is real. Yet the movie (which would have to conform to the WCW’s desires to promote wrestling positively) appears to convey the idea that the sport is pure entertainment with pre-scripted outcomes. What do you think?
Obviously, wrestling is aimed at young audiences (many toys and other licensed items are available that promote wresting). If a child doesn’t understand that trained stunt people perform the wrestling violence they see on TV, what consequences might occur if he or she tries to mimic these “moves” in reality?