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What's different is a poignant sense of community that makes for a richer portrait overall.
"Fake It So Real" filled me with affection for its down-and-out heroes, a group of semi-pro wrestlers in Lincolnton, N.C.
An engrossing documentary that lends humanity to independent pro wrestling's savage theater of machismo.
The taunts in the ring may be make-believe, but the slams against the mat are agonizingly genuine in Robert Greene's vivid documentary "Fake It So Real"...
Though the matches themselves, with their crude narrative frameworks and stereotypes, may be something of an anticlimax, the film unearths the tough and complex life experiences they distill.
Outsider artists don't expect to be discovered; they just want to share their passion with the world. Greene's film communicates their devotion -- and their desire to hit people on the back with steel chairs.
You certainly don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy its charms; the appeal comes from exploring what's essentially a very strange, very dangerous hobby.
These wrestlers have a number of striking similarities which can be boiled down to one true commonality: They all felt like freaks.
An entertaining documentary portrait of the barely professional, essentially hobbyist wrestling scene in Lincolnton, North Carolina -- a scene replicated in scores of American communities, where wannabe Rocks battle on YouTube and in tiny veteran centers.
An affectionate portrait of an all-American subculture.
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