Fake It So Real
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Fake It So Real dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling. Filmed over a single week leading up to a big show, the film follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. Gabriel is the rookie trying make it to the Big Time and be a part of this family of tough guys. Jeff is the leader who may miss his first show in ten years, due to an unexpected and debilitating injury. J-Prep, Zane, Pitt, Solar and the rest of the crew each face obstacles… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What's different is a poignant sense of community that makes for a richer portrait overall."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
‑ Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
"Outsider artists don't expect to be discovered; they just want to share their passion with the world. Greene's film communicates their devotion -- and their desire to hit people on the back with steel chairs."
‑ Matt Singer, Time Out Chicago
"An entertaining documentary portrait of the barely professional, essentially hobbyist wrestling scene in Lincolnton, North Carolina -- a scene replicated in scores of American communities, where wannabe Rocks battle on YouTube and in tiny veteran centers."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
""Fake It So Real" filled me with affection for its down-and-out heroes, a group of semi-pro wrestlers in Lincolnton, N.C."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The taunts in the ring may be make-believe, but the slams against the mat are agonizingly genuine in Robert Greene's vivid documentary "Fake It So Real"..."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"You certainly don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy its charms; the appeal comes from exploring what's essentially a very strange, very dangerous hobby."
‑ John Gholson, Movies.com
"An engrossing documentary that lends humanity to independent pro wrestling's savage theater of machismo."
‑ Ryan Lattanzio, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though the matches themselves, with their crude narrative frameworks and stereotypes, may be something of an anticlimax, the film unearths the tough and complex life experiences they distill."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"These wrestlers have a number of striking similarities which can be boiled down to one true commonality: They all felt like freaks."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
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