So I wasn't surprised at any of that when I finally sat down to watch. What I was surprised by was:
- how friggin' hot Marisa Tomei is. Mr. Mouse thought she looked "haggard," which she was supposed to - but she did her own topless scenes and damn. Girl looks amazing.
- how friggin' bleak the whole movie is, from start to finish. Sure, there's some genuine camaraderie among the wrestlers, and Marisa Tomei's stripper Pam/Cassidy has some real affection for Randy, and there are some nice moments of warmth and humor, but by and large, this flick is a total downer. From the tawdry spectacle of these cut-rate, has-been or never-will-be professional wrestlers, to Randy's downtrodden life, to Pam/Cassidy's regular and repeated humiliation as an over the hill topless dancer, to the despair and bitterness of Randy's estranged and abandoned daughter (Evan Rachel Wood, who does a nice job), this movie just beats you down.