I had a retirement planning lunch 'n learn to conduct today.
After that, I saw The Wrestler.
Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life--trying to reconnect with his daughter and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling.
I enjoyed this movie.
It was interesting to see the behind-the-scenes of wrestling ... I always suspected they were all pals. And the "choreographing" of the matches was cool.
I can't remember seeing Mickey Rourke in anything before. I thought he did a good job here. I was sympathetic to his character. A loser with a good heart trying to make things right.
Marisa Tomei plays an aging stripper. Man, she looks good!
Have you seen it?