YMMV / The Wrestler

  • Award Snub:
  • 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.
  • 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.