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‘The Wrestler’

Rourke back with a bang — it hurts

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Darren Aronofsky, with three out-there arthouse films to his credit, hardly seemed the ideal candidate to helm a grittily realistic movie on that most lumpen of sports, pro wrestling. But there you have it: Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” tackles an aging pro wrestler — played by 1980s star Mickey Rourke, in a beyond-all-expectations comeback performance — who fights on stoically, no longer for money, fame, or groupies, but just for a small piece of dignity in a life filled with let-downs.

The Wrestler Rating: (5 out of 5)

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The Wrestler
What a champ: Mickey Rourke is ready to rock in “The Wrestler.”

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Running time: 109 minutes
Language: English
Opens June 13, 2009