YMMV / The Wrestler

  • Award Snub:
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • The film as a whole is seen as this as it was well-received by critics, audiences, and many in the professional wrestling industry.
    • The very ending of the film, despite the Ambiguous Ending, combined with Tear Jerker. When Randy climbs the post to deliver his signature move, the Ram Jam, to the Ayatollah, he listens to the crowd screaming for him one last time and for a moment you can see just how it is that he could never do anything else, even if it means his death.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • "The '90s fuckin' sucked" conversation between Randy and Cassidy.
    • Also, Ram playing video games with the neighbor kid: "Call it doody four?"
    • There is a scene where Randy is working in a deli at a supermarket. It's quite subtle, but with his plastic gloves on he picks his nose right in front of an old woman (and a customer to boot).
    • When one fan provides his own prosthetic leg for Randy to bludgeon his opponent with.note 
    • "Get a room!"
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Randy's conversation on the pier with his daughter.
    Randy: You're my girl. You're my little girl. And now, I'm an old broken down piece of meat... and I'm alone. And I deserve to be all alone. I just don't want you to hate me.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Obviously, Randy and the Ayatollah are the opposite of one another. This actually extends out of the ring when viewing the "real people" as well. Randy was popular in The '80s as the All American Face hero. The Ayatollah was hated as the Foreign Wrestling Heel. Later, Randy is down on his luck and in horrible shape while the wrestler playing the Ayatollah has done quite well for himself and seems fit. The only similarity is that they're both really nice guys behind the scenes.
    • The aforementioned "the nineties fucking sucked" conversation (see Crowning Moment of Funny) comes off as this after the ending. Remember, Randy specifically targeted Kurt Cobain as the catalyst for depressing '90s rock over the party tunes that '80s rock represents to Randy. And yet, Randy suffered from depression through the entirety of this film, something that Randy failed to notice or at least acknowledge. Finally, Randy's final actions in the movie was essentially suicide. Even more unsettling and fascinating, Cobain died at the height of his career, and would be retroactively remembered in the same way Randy wanted but failed to be.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Randy uses the Diving Headbutt as his finisher, the move that caused a lot of Chris Benoit's brain damage.
    • In the very first scene, someone praises Randy backstage because he "put [his opponent] over", implying that Randy lost in a way that made his opponent look good.
    • When Randy is playing video games with his young neighbor and beats him, the kid says he has to leave. Randy suggests one more game hinting the kid will win. Just like in wrestling, Randy is trying to "give back" his win. Furthermore, the kid Randy is playing with is clearly bored playing a decades-old game and system and is only doing it as a favor to Randy. When talking about the new Call of Duty, he specifically mentions being able to fight Iraq soldiers. Given the Ayatollah is an Iraq caricature, he's probably trying to get Randy interested in a newer game.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film was critically lauded in France, probably for depicting America as Eagleland flavor two.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The high-pitched noise that signals that Randy is about to have a heart attack.
  • He Really Can Act: After spending almost two decades doing movies far beneath his abilities, this was the general reaction to Mickey Rourke's performance.
  • Hollywood Homely: Cassidy is supposed to be a washed up stripper who can't get customers for lap dances. The problem is that Marisa Tomei is way too hot to pull it off and most people believe she's only gotten more attractive the more she's aged.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Randy, for his struggles with the world outside of pro wrestling.
  • Tear Jerker: The film is a manly example of this. Most notably, Roddy Piper broke down in tears during a private screening.
    • Randy's whole life is this trope.