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Starring: Geraldine Viswanathan, Terry Crews, Will Arnett, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy Tatro, Tony Danza
OUR RATING: ★★½
Animated comedy directed by Hamish Grieve. Rumble (2021) is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes. We follow teenager Winnie (Geraldine Viswanathan), who seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a loveable inexperienced underdog monster, Steve (Will Arnett), into a champion.
Our Favorite Quotes:'When you get knocked down, you get back up.' - Winnie (Rumble) Click To Tweet
Tattoo Guy: Tentacular! I’ve got your whole life story tattooed on my body!
Tentacular: I hope you saved room for the win I’m going to have tonight.
Stoker Announcer: Ladies, and gentlemen, and monsters! Let’s get ready to rumble!
Mayor: Look, I know you’re all worried. After all, each of us owns a piece of Stoker Stadium. But what you don’t realize is, that things are actually much, much worse than you know.
Hair Salon Lady: Hang on. What?
Mayor: Our councilwoman over here can explain everything to you. Probably her fault anyway.
Councilwoman: Wow. Thank you so much, Mr. Mayor. Pretty sure it’s your fault though.
Winnie: You can’t just tear down everything my dad and Rayburn built here. They never quit. You know what my dad always said? “When you get knocked down, you get back up.”
Hair Salon Lady: Getting back up isn’t going to pay my bills, Winnie.
Klonk: Bring it on, you sack of warm puke.
Rayburn: Oh, I’m bringing the warm puke. Don’t worry. There’s going to be a lot of puke coming out of me, which is obviously super gross.
Lady Mayhen: Looks like we have a little bit of a problem, Stevie. I paid you to lose tonight, like I do every night.
Rayburn: It was an accident, I swear. You know me. I love to lose. I’m the best loser in the biz.
Winnie: I can help you. Just come with me to Stoker.
Rayburn: I’m not going back to that place that I’ve never been.
Winnie: Wow. You are not good at lying, Rayburn.
Rayburn: Hey, kid. You got the wrong monster.
Winnie: I don’t think so, Rayburn.
Rayburn: Rayburn was my dad. And I’m not going to cash in on his name. Ever.
Winnie: I knew it! I knew it was you!
Rayburn: [to a sleeping Winnie as he’s giving her a ride on his back] Comfy up there? You must be exhausted from ruining my life. Need a pillow? Maybe a chocolate? Sorry we don’t provide turndown service.
Rayburn: [referring to the gym] Wow. This place hasn’t changed a bit.
Winnie: I know. It’s magical, isn’t it? It’s still got that smell of sweat and feet. Really big feet.
Rayburn: You’re a real weird kid. Real weird.
Winnie: Yeah, I know. You know, Steve, you’re not the first person to say that to me, actually.
Rayburn: Let’s get something straight. I love wrestling. I loved my dad. But I’m not going to be him. Especially for you. I’m going to be me.
Winnie: And who are you, Steve?
Rayburn: I’m the guy who’s here for the money. You got me?
Winnie: Oh, I got you. Money all the way.
Winnie: Do you think I can do this?
Maggie: I think you won’t know until you try. Just remember, train the monster you have, not the one you wish you had.
Winnie: Did Dad say that?
Maggie: No. Mom did, just now.
Rayburn: I had this terrible dream that I promised I would get up and train. Oh, it’s real!
Winnie: So, are you ready? Let’s do this.
Rayburn: Go ahead. You start. Set up all the cones, or whatever.
Winnie: Oh, ho! No, you don’t. Up and at them, sunshine. It is go time. Game day. Ain’t no time like the present. Man, why can’t I think of more sports clichés? Well, until I do, let’s train.
Rayburn: You are a rude little girl.
Rayburn: Oh, this is original. Are you for real? What do you think you’re doing right now?
Winnie: I’m doing my coach speech.
Rayburn: Do I look like the kind of guy who’s going to go for the “rah-rah” stuff?
'Pain is weakness leaving the body.' - Winnie (Rumble) Click To Tweet
Rayburn: Sorry. I just love to laugh. That’s me.
Ramarilla: I ain’t laughing. But I will be when I pin your face in the dirt, and I break your jaw with my horns!
Rayburn: Boy, does that sound painful. Can’t wait.
Winnie: What was that? You are embarrassing us out there! This isn’t Pittsmore. This is a real match. You can’t just throw it.
Rayburn: Yeah, I get that now, okay? So I just need to figure out how not to die, and then cha-ching. That’s the sound of me making money.
Winnie: There’s no money if you lose.
Rayburn: Wait, what? You said this was a paid match.
Winnie: It is. Winner takes all. You didn’t read the paperwork I had you sign?
Rayburn: Nobody reads the paperwork!
Winnie: So, if you want that money, we’re going to have to try a very radical new strategy here. Ready for it? Try to win.
Rayburn: This is winning?
Winnie: Yeah. How does it feel?
Rayburn: It feels not bad. I feel not bad!
Winnie: “Worst match of the week.”
Rayburn: I know. My first win, and it was on TV. How awesome.
Winnie: No. No, it’s not awesome, Steve. No one’s ever going to fight us in Stoker. We’re a joke.
Rayburn: And just for the tiniest moment there, I was feeling okay about myself.
Winnie: Yeah, well, that’s over now.
Winnie: It’s time to do it by the book. My dad’s playbook. This is the key that’ll turn you from a zero into a hero.
Rayburn: Oh, “zero”, is it? That’s motivating.
Winnie: Chapter One. Basic Fitness.
Rayburn: Oh, I’m tired already.
Rayburn: Are you really going to show me film of my dad?
Winnie: Of course. He was the greatest.
Rayburn: Yeah. Clearly it’s a thing for me. Have you never heard of “daddy issues”?
Winnie: Oh. Right. Sorry.
Winnie: You don’t try!
Rayburn: I try not to be a stick in the mud. Maybe you ought to try that too.
Winnie: You’re uncoachable!
Rayburn: And you’re not good at coaching!
Winnie: Let’s just start over. What gets you out of bed in the morning? What gets your heart racing, your blood pumping? You know,wWhat do you love to do?
Winnie: Come on. There must be something.
Rayburn: No, I’m sorry. I really, literally mean I like to do nothing.
Winnie: I’m going to need more than that.
Rayburn: Oh. Sleeping?
Rayburn: Yeah. Oh, yeah, really. I’m real good at it. Or sitting is another one. I like sitting.
Winnie: Not helping.
Rayburn: Did I mention sitting? I feel like I did. Oh, eating!
Rayburn: Oh, there’s also salsa. But, yeah, that’s it. That’s probably it.
Winnie: Like with chips?
Rayburn: I said it very clear. I said salsa.
Winnie: Like salsa, salsa?
Rayburn: I don’t like dancing.
Winnie: [as she puts on some music] Is that so?
Rayburn: [as he involuntarily starts moving to the music] Okay, yes! There’s nothing on this planet I love more than dancing.
Winnie: [to Rayburn] You’ve got to slow him down. Execute Plan Tango!
'They say offense is the best defense? No! Defense is the best defense!' - Winnie (Rumble) Click To Tweet
Winnie: [to Rayburn] Come on, push it, Steve. Pain is weakness leaving the body.
Rayburn: Nobody puts Ray-Ray in a corner.
Winnie: Was I too much back there? I was too much, right?
Rayburn: Yeah, well, when it comes to wrestling, “too much” isn’t really a thing.
Winnie: New sign is looking good, Fred.
Fred: Thanks, Winnie. I made it myself. Took me seven sheets to spell “stupendous” correctly!
Tentacular: This tastes disgusting. I can’t believe this is my drink. Who approved this?
Siggy: That was you, T.
Tentacular: Oh, me? Oh.
Tentacular: It was never about the money. Stoker Stadium is coming down because I want it to.
Winnie: But why?
Tentacular: Because no matter how many championships I win, some chump’s always going to be telling me that I’m not as good as Rayburn. So I figure, I can live in his shadow, or I can tear down everything that casts that shadow. Boom!
Rayburn: Wow. And I thought I had issues. That’s just crazy.
Winnie: I thought I was saving my dad’s legacy. And instead, I ruined it. I’ve made the Coyle name a joke.
Rayburn: Well, the good news is, you can always change your name and run away.
Winnie: That worked for you, Steve. But if I’m not Winnie Coyle, I’m nothing.
Lady Mayhen: We got a lot of money on you to win tonight. And I’m going to keep all of it when you lose.
Rayburn: Yeah, I know the drill.
Lady Mayhen: You always were my best loser.
Winnie: We’re a total joke. We don’t belong in the ring.
Rayburn: Hey, you know that feeling that you’re feeling right now? That’s how I felt my whole life. I spent so much time running away from what I thought I should be, or what people expected me to be, that I never found out what I could be. And now, now I have. And I know that I’m never going to be the GOAT, or win the Big Belt, and that is just fine. But I am not going back to being a loser. And that’s on you. You ruined losing for me. And you know what? It feels good. I feel good for like the first time. So, thank you.
Tentacular: Oh, not these clowns again.
Winnie: That’s right.
Rayburn: What, are you scared of clowns? I mean, obviously some of them seem kind of creepy, but, you know, us?
Tentacular: Why would I wrestle a nobody loser like you, Steve?
Rayburn: Oh. My name is not Steve. I’m the son of the greatest monster wrestler of all time. My name is Rayburn Junior.
Fred: Oh, yeah! Feel the burn, the Rayburn!
Winnie: [to Rayburn] Alright, twinkle toes. Put on your red shoes. Let’s dance.
Winnie: [to Rayburn] We’re going to use every trick you learned in the underground, every step you learned on your global dance journey that you do not talk about. Every fake-out and foxtrot. Singing in the Rain. The Worm. Pop and lock.
Winnie: They say offense is the best defense? No! Defense is the best defense! It doesn’t have to look pretty. It just has to get us through the third.
Rayburn: Come on. That was pretty.
Rayburn: I am literally terrified. I don’t think I can do this. I can’t be him.
Winnie: No, you can’t. But we don’t have to be our dads. We just have to be ourselves. You showed me that. They wrote their stories, and we’re writing ours right now. And, yeah, maybe theirs was all dramatic, and super serious, and maybe ours is more like a slapstick comedy.
Rayburn: Oh, I love those.
Winnie: Me too. Especially ones about friends.
Winnie: So, are you ready to go out there and look ridiculous tonight?
Winnie: How ridiculous?
Rayburn: Very, very ridiculous!
Winnie: And do we care?
Rayburn: We don’t care.
Winnie: I can’t hear you.
Rayburn: We do not care!
Winnie: Now, buck up, put your game face on, because it’s time to wrestle. And dance. Both!
Rayburn: Time out. Was that a coach speech? Man, I feel so inspired!
Winnie: You do?
Rayburn: Yeah. You should’ve done that before every match.
Winnie: Okay, let’s go make it through the third. And if you live, let’s get Froyo afterwards.
Rayburn: Oh, I love Froyo. Wait, if I live?
Siggy: Winnie, listen to me. This ain’t good. There’s no stopping T when he smells blood in the water. I’m begging you, don’t put Ray-Ray back out there. You want to be a real coach? Think of your monster first.
Rayburn: [as Winnie is about to throw in the towel] Wait. What are you doing?
Winnie: It’s just a building, Ray.
Maggie: Winnie. Ray-Ray. I want you to remember, this stadium isn’t your dads legacy. You are.
Rayburn: I want to keep going.
Winnie: No. Ray, it’s not worth it.
Rayburn: Yes, it is. But we’re going to have to try a radical new strategy. You ready for it? Try to win. We got to take the fight to him. He can’t hit me if I’m hitting him, right?
Rayburn: It’s just one round. We can do this. But you’ve got to do something for me.
Rayburn: You got to coach me up.
Winnie: [to Rayburn, points to her head, heart, and does a dance move] Everything you need to win is in here, in here, and in here. You got this.
Marc Remy: [commentating on Rayburn and Tentacular’s match] I’m not saying I was wrong, because I’m never wrong, but I may not have been entirely correct about these kids.
Lights Out McGinty: I mean, this is truly incredible. I never thought I would see the day that Marc admitted he was wrong about something.
Marc Remy: First time for everything.
Marc Remy: [after Rayburn wins the match] You just pulled off the greatest upset in the history of monster wrestling. How do you feel?
Rayburn: I feel like dancing!
Winnie: [mid-credits lines] That was way too much Froyo.
Rayburn: Oh! I got a serious brain freeze.
Winnie: Training tomorrow, 6:00 AM.
Rayburn: And body freeze. Serious body freeze. That’s an actual thing. It’s medical. Don’t know if I’ll be able to make it.