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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Wrestling champion Jimmy King is everything die-hard wrestling fans Gordie Boggs and Sean Dawkins would love to be. A dreamer, an athlete, a true champion - with his crown, cape and scepter, he is a giant in his profession. Other wrestlers can only tremble in fear of his deadly finishing move, "The Crown" - a two-handed flying slap. Gordie and Sean live at home, have dead end jobs and no girlfriends, but none of that matters on Friday night when they at last get to see their idol live and in person at the local WCW coliseum. But as the lights swirl and the Nitro girls dance, something goes horribly wrong for the King. He is ambushed by a ring-full of hostile turn-coats. At the match's shocking end, Jimmy King takes a mighty, career-ending fall. Heartbroken and in shock, Gordie and Sean nonetheless decide to embark on an odyssey of discovery to root out their fallen hero. In space fourteen of the St. Francis Motor Court, they come face to face with a drunken, bitter Jimmy King, a phony with a made-up past whose inspirational phrases were scripted. But Gordie and Sean will not be discouraged. Beneath the beer gut and grizzle, they still see glimpses of their hero and vow to do whatever it takes to restore their King to his throne, no matter how many rules - or bones - get broken in the process.
PG-13 (for language, crude humor, sexual content including brief nudity, and wrestling violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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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
Richard Lineback
as Mr. Boggs
Chris Owen
as Isaac
Martin Landau
as Sal Bandini
Tait Smith
as Buddy King
Ellen Albertini Dow
as Mrs. MacKenzie
Kathleen Freeman
as Jane King
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
John Ennis
as Stan
Jill Ritchie
as Brittany
Catherine Paolone
as Mrs. Boggs
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
Maryedith Burrell
as Nun No. 1
Anne Christianson
as Nun No. 2
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
Prince Iaukea
as Himself
Disco Inferno
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
Tony Schiavone
as Himself
Mike Tenay
as Himself
Michael Buffer
as Himself
William E. Daley
as Bill Silverman
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Critic Reviews for Ready to Rumble

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (17)

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… | December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
Detroit News
Top Critic

The entire movie is essentially an attempt to fill silence.

December 31, 1999
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Toilet-humor farce proud of its own crudeness.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ready to Rumble

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
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


Oh, I still know who consider ready to Rumble to be a big time flop, but i still recognize it as an underground, cult classic. it isn't always funny, but It's ending, and Wrestling scenes are very entertaining. This film was average in it's humor, but I still enjoyed more than I thought. Most hated the Unfunny jokes, and stupid plot points, but everything else is pretty good. It is worth a watch atleast if you like Wrestling, Or Comedies.

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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
Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

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