CineFranco 2014: Wrestling Queens Review

Wrestling Queens

Wrestling Queens

Rose (Marilou Berry), a supermarket cashier fresh out of prison, tries to reconnect with her estranged son through his love of wrestling by forming a band of grapplers with her co-workers. With the help of a wash-out former pro (Andre Dussollier), the group now faces three months of training before facing the dreaded Lucha Libre from Mexico in a big ‘wrestling showcase’ and typical, predictable hijinks ensue.

The plot synopsis pretty much spells out how this is going to play out. It’s a very ‘cookie cutter’ premise that takes some  typical female stereotypes – the mysterious one with a violent past, supermom in a dissolving marriage, the over sexed promiscuous one, and the awkward ‘unattractive’ who wants to be pretty – and forces them to work as a team. Along the way they fight and learn life lessons that are as blatant and see through as the premise around it. There is nothing original here, right down to the one member disappearing right before the final match Dodgeball-style, and the film finishes exactly the way you’d expect from the beginning with zero deviation.

The actresses are really trying, though, and their talent shines through. That alone saves the film from being a total bore. The arc of Rose is actually touching and heartfelt despite the easy gags and stock characters around her.   Sadly, as with many such one-note films, there are few genuine laughs.

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WWE Films slapped there name all over this because of a few cameos from their current and former talent and plan on remaking the film for US audiences, but given their track record it’s hard to imagine they’ll do much better. (Kirk Haviland)

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Saturday, March 29th, 4:15pm, The Royal

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