Ready to Rumble (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ready to Rumble (2000)



Critic Consensus: Humor at its lowest that isn't funny for kids and is insulting to adults.

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A pair of sewage-truck drivers attempt to rescue the tarnished reputation of their favorite pro wrestler in this comedy from Varsity Blues director Brian Robbins. Gordie Boggs (David Arquette) and Sean Dawkins (Scott Caan) live vicariously through superstar grappler Jimmy King (Oliver Platt). But when King's manager (Joe Pantoliano), in a fit of ego, arranges to have his client dethroned to make way for the next hot property, the guys hatch a plan to force a rematch. The only problem is, their no-good hero has sunk into a black hole of self-pity and liquor. Enlisting the help of old-time trainer Sal (Martin Landau) to whip "The King" into shape, Gordie and Sean run afoul of Gordie's father, who wants his son to settle down and become a cop like him. Meanwhile, curvaceous Sasha (Rose McGowan) moves in on Gordie, but has ulterior motives. So does The King's son (Tait Smith), who's willing to put his girth to good use in order to exact revenge on his dad for abandoning him. Ready to Rumble features a large cast of real-life WCW wrestlers portraying themselves. McGowan and Arquette previously appeared together in Wes Craven's Scream. Lewis Arquette, the star's father, also appears alongside his son as he did in Scream 2.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Brill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


David Arquette
as Gordie Boggs
Oliver Platt
as Jimmy King
Scott Caan
as Sean Dawkins
Bill Goldberg
as Goldberg
Joe Pantoliano
as Titus Sinclair
Caroline Rhea
as Eugenia King
Paige Falkinburg
as Diamond Dallas Page
as Sting
Martin Landau
as Sal Bandini
Tait Smith
as Buddy King
Ellen Albertini Dow
as Mrs. MacKenzie
Diamond Dallas Page
as "Diamond" Dallas Pag...
Lewis Arquette
as Fred King
Ahmet Zappa
as Cashier
Chad Carr
as 8-Year-Old Kid
Darby Wilson
as 8-Year-Old Kid No. 2
Joey Deters
as 8-Year-Old Kid No. 3
Jill Ritchie
as Brittany
Wendy Jean Wilkins
as Gabby Boggs
Ric Mancini
as Front Row Fan No. 1
Bruce-Robert Serafin
as Front Row Fan No. 2
Greg Collins
as Crusty Veteran Cop
David Ursin
as Fire Chief
Earl H. Bullock
as Cop No. 1
Jody Hahn
as Nun No. 3
Marne Dupere
as Nun No. 4
Floyd Levine
as Floor Manager
Pete Blincoe
as Video Cameraman
Richard Karron
as Sanitation Guy
Alex Skuby
as Young Doctor
Tim Sitarz
as Fireman Fred
Jeff Podgurski
as The Chewer
Adam Tomei
as Siamese Twin No. 1
Jason S. Kassin
as Siamese Twin No. 2
Philip Pavel
as Happy Young Man
Rosalie Vega
as King Sexy Girl No. 1
Bernard Taylor
as King Sexy Girl No. 2
Van Hammer
as Himself
Curt Hennig
as Himself
Billy Kidman
as Himself
as Himself
Saturn V
as Himself
Randy Savage
as Himself
Booker T.
as Himself
Sid Vicious
as Himself
as Herself
Forrest Fyre
as Herself
as Herself
as Herself
as Herself
Mike Tenay
as Himself
William E. Daley
as Bill Silverman
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Critic Reviews for Ready to Rumble

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (20)

Unless wrestlers playing wrestlers is your cup of tea, better plan on saving the pennies for the WWF's next pay-per-view special instead.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Yes, film fans, there is a new worst movie of all time.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Ready to Rumble manages to insult not only pro wrestlers but also their fans.

January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

The entire movie is essentially an attempt to fill silence.

January 1, 2000
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Toilet-humor farce proud of its own crudeness.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

The most amazing thing about Ready to Rumble is how bad it isn't.

January 1, 2000
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ready to Rumble

Being a wrestling fan it's hard not to like this movie. It has some of the dumbest dialogue that I have ever heard or seen in a movie - yet it's funny and fun to watch.

I would tell any wrestling fan to watch this movie. If your not a wrestling fan - you may find it pointless, but for me, it was golden.

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer


wierd and stupid but has some funny lines

danny d

Super Reviewer

As World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was going bankrupt, they needed to come up with other ways of earning money, and decided to jump into the film business. Little did they know that within two years, they'd be out of business and their rival, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), would pick up their idea and turn it into a billion dollar industry. Ready To Rumble features two life long wrestling fans, intent on restoring their favorite wrestler, The King (Oliver Platt), back to his former glory. Against all odds, they inspire The King to get back in shape, and compete for one last chance at glory. It's hard to remember through all the intense action and dangerous moves, that professional wrestlers are actually actors, who need to learn a script and play a character, on a weekly basis, so why not put them in movies. It has worked out very well for WWE Films, which has produced some great films, including; The Marine, 12 Rounds, and The Call, but what about WCW's only foray into the movie business? David Arquette was the perfect choice to play this wacky wrestling freak, and he actually had great chemistry with everyone involved. The story told in Ready To Rumble may lack the vulgarity and insanity that has become associated with most modern comedies, but it was certainly something different and did have it's movements of hilarity.

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

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