Weekend Movie Guide: Wrestle with this!
Years of steroid and HGH abuse finally paying off with meaty role. | Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight
The Wrestler marks the return of Mickey Rourke to prominence and, to a lesser extent, Darren Aronofsky. I think both are welcome occurrences. Be warned, though--the squeamish should avert their eyes during the meat slicer scene. The Tale of Despereaux is just the sort of broad, silly tale of redemption that a sucker like me always enjoys a little too much. Seven Pounds would probably be high on my must-see list if it starred anyone other than Will Smith. Seriously people--let's put a stop to this man and stop going to his movies!
Similarly, Yes Man would be worth seeing if you removed Jim Carrey and inserted Paul Rudd. Or Will Ferrell. Vince Vaughn. Ben Stiller. Kumar Pallana. Virtually anyone else. I think that Rod Lurie missed his calling. He should have been a political operative instead of a director. Nothing But the Truth is his latest effort and is loosely modeled on the Judith Miller affair. The Class won the Palme d'Or this year at Cannes. That marks it as worth seeing. So let's put aside all the other boring, spirit-crushing crap and go see it!