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Review of Knucklehead

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Review of Knucklehead

Melora Hardin as Mary O'Connor, Paul "The Big Show" Wight as Walter Krunk and Mark Feuerstein as Eddie Sullivan in Knucklehead.

Photo Credit: Van Redin/WWE Studios
The Big Show is one of the stars of the latest WWE Studios project, Knucklehead. This is the first comedy that the company has produced. The movie, which is rated PG-13, will be shown in theaters in a very limited engagement (just 6 theaters in the US for 2 days) before eventually being released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 9.

The Acting

This is the most star-laden cast that the WWE has assembled for one of their films. In addition to the Big Show, the film also features Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Melora Hardin (The Office), Dennis Farina (Law & Order), Bobb'e J. Thompson (Role Models), and Will Patton (Armageddon). As you can correctly assume from this cast listing, the acting is the best part of the film.

Since this is a wrestling site, I'm sure that you are curious about how the Big Show was in his starring role. He has a great presence on the screen and has some very good comedic timing. These skills have been seen before when he was on Saturday Night Live and in his cameo roles in The Waterboy and Jingle All the Way.

The Plot

The Big Show's character is still living at the orphanage where he grew up. When the orphanage needs money in order to stay open, his path crosses with that of a fight manager who needs someone to represent at an upcoming tournament. What the Big Show and the people at the orphanage don't know is that a mobster that Mark Feuerstein's character owes some money to doesn't want them to make it to the tournament and he goes out of his way to make sure that even if they somehow make it to the tournament that the Big Show won't be able to win his bout.

In addition to that plot line, Big Show's character is a self-proclaimed knucklehead that has never strayed far away from the orphanage. As well as learning how to fight while on the road, he also is learning about life away from the orphanage as he is forced to finally grow up.

Overall Recommendation

The acting was good and there were two scenes that really got me laughing (the bathroom on the bus and his second fight). Unfortunately, the rest of the comedy in this film fell flat despite some interesting predicaments the characters were put in.

However, the biggest problem with this film was with the writing. While the movie has a ridiculous premise, somehow the execution of the story lines were even worse. There were several events that took place at the tournament that had me scratching my head because the climactic ending made no sense on several levels.

I was disappointed leaving this movie because I expected it to be better than it was. Comparing this to other theatrically released comedies starring a pro wrestler, I'd have to say that this was worse than Suburban Commando but slightly better than Mr. Nanny.

I don't recommend watching this movie at the theaters or buying the film when it is released for home viewing. If you can see the film without spending much money (Netflix or redbox rental) or want to wait until it is shown on cable then it might be worth your time to check out for a few giggles.

Disclosure: This review is based on a screening provided by the studio. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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