Just in time for the holiday season, boxer turned actor back to boxer and now actor again Mickey Rourke is proving why quitting his original day job was the best decision he ever made. The Wrestler is the story of a formerly famous professional wrestler (played by Rourke), past his prime and forced to try to relive his glory days in New Jersey gymnasiums in front of dozens of screaming fans. So far we’ve only seen the trailer, but we like what we’ve seen and Rourke looks amazing. The Wrestler is directed by the extremely capable Darren Aronofsky of Pi and Requiem for a Dream fame. If you need to convince your girlfriend to see it with you the synopsis says something about an estranged daughter and trying to form relationships; plus it won the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. Unless Tim Allen manages to pull off an Oscar-worthy performance in The Santa Clause 6, make The Wrestler your must-see holiday movie.
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