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Ready To Rumble a body-slam comedy
By LIZ BRAUN - Toronto Sun
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Sometimes it's a good thing to go into a movie theatre with low expectations.

That way, you can't be disappointed. And you might even be pleasantly surprised.

So it is with Ready To Rumble, an idiot convention about 'professional' wrestling that proves to be unexpectedly funny and highly entertaining.

A sort of Dumb And Dumber in the ring, Ready To Rumble stars David Arquette and Scott Caan as good-natured morons who clean portable toilets for a living and worship a wrestler called The King in their limited spare time.

The King, a tubby beer swiller with distinct white-trash roots, is portrayed by Oliver Platt, the most underrated character-actor extant.

At any rate, The King is a complete fabrication, courtesy of a wrestling hustler played by Joe Pantoliano. When The King is bested in a big match, down and out and defeated, his biggest fans -- Arquette and Caan -- refuse to let him give up.

Their quest to return their hero to his proper station is an underdog story gone awry, complete with appearances by Rose McGowan as a scheming cheerleader and Martin Landau as an aged but competent wrestling trainer.

Fans of wrestling will thrill to cameos from Bill Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, Kidman, Konnan, Booker, Sid Vicious, and many other very large gentlemen of the ring.

Ready To Rumble works by building insanity upon unlikely event, and to great, sweat-speckled comedic effect. The fart jokes are here. The bodily function jokes are here. The cartoon violence, determined anti-heroes, nuns singing Van Halen are here. You will laugh in spite of yourself.

One of the best things about Ready To Rumble -- though it does go on a tad too long -- is the endless enthusiasm of the players and the camera. The film is brisk and silly and it never flags, and it's tough not to respond to this type of sheer energy.

Just a guess, but wrestling fans and adolescent boys (is this redundant?) are the audience for this one. Wrestling is usually pretty funny, and Ready To Rumble captures the aura of that world.

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