S.I.M Rating: 8.38 out of 10 (14 Votes)
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood
A somewhat surprising box-office smash, the sports drama film The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood, gives viewers a look into the seamy side of professional wrestling, while at the same time offering an inspiring subplot involving the sacrifices and dedication of professional performers, regardless of their chosen "art," or obstacles.
Randy "The Ram" Robinson is obviously past his prime, but his pride and ego compel him to do whatever it takes to recapture his "glory days." Unfortunately, he suffers a heart attack after a match, and is grudgingly forced to retire. A series of confrontations in the "9-to-5" world causes him to realize that his life belongs "in the ring," and to that end, he arranges a 20th anniversary rematch with his old rival, The Ayatollah.
The Wrestler earned countless awards, including Oscar nominations for both Rourke (Best Actor) and Tomei (Best Supporting Actress). The film's soundtrack, featuring noted artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Slash and many others, also garnered both multiple awards and critical praise.