The Backyard (2002)

The Backyard



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As professional wrestling exploded into new heights of popularity in the 1990s thanks to stars such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, and Mick Foley, a new breed of amateur wrestling began to grow in its shadow -- "backyard wrestling," in which young fans would recreate the outsized personas and bloody, bone-crushing stunts of the big time wrestlers while adding a few bizarre low-budget touches of their own. The Backyard is a documentary which presents an objective portrait of the bizarre … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
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On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

Tawdriness aside, The Backyard is remarkable for the intensity of the interviewees, who show a new kind of all-American gumption in the way they filter the mannerisms of low-rung celebrities through their own geeked-out, violent imaginations.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
AV Club
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Those who've wondered whether TV's WWF show wrestling might have a detrimental effect on impressionable youth will gloat over The Backyard.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
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Warped entertainment? Yes. Sophisticated? No. And that goes for the movie as well as for the participants.

Full Review… | January 9, 2004
Boston Globe
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Yes, it's hard to watch, but, like a train wreck, it's also hard not to.

October 31, 2003
Washington Post
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What is going on here? Most would say a lot of incredibly dangerous and stupid activity, and most of the people in this documentary not surprisingly seem none too bright.

Full Review… | September 4, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Though engaging from beginning to end, be warned that this is also harrowing, utterly depressing stuff.

Full Review… | September 4, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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