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Judging movies by their covers back-fires on us as we get duped into watching a non-wrestling "wrestling" movie. Jamie Kennedy and Edge slap us in the mouth, with special guest Mark.

At some point in time, some bonehead named David Calloway got it in his head that making movies starring wrestlers in serious roles was a good idea. He's the executive producer behind such "good ideas" as Legendary (John Cena), Knucklehead (Paul Wight or The Big Show), The Chaperone (Paul Levesque or Triple H), The Reunion (John Cena) and 2012's borefest Bending the Rules. These movies all say one thing: "Hey Hollywood, we can make top notch movies that rival the likes of David O' Russell and Cameron Crowe AND star the top wrestlers of the day". What? No! If we want to see wrestlers in film it better damn well be action packed with ludicrous stunts and fight scenes. Even though it is a terrible film, No Holds Barred is SO much more entertaining and should be the bar set for WWE produced films. Stop this shit, now. (Editor's note - Bending the Rules is the last film that David Calloway has produced so hopefully someone got the message).

So Jamie Kennedy and Edge to their best attempt at the Lewis and Martin routine. Kennedy is a goofball lawyer while Edge is a dead pan tough cop on the outside of the law. Unfortunately, Kennedy's Lewis is more of the look into the brain of an asshole than it is a goofball and Edge's Martin is some of the most wooden acting ever caught on film.

The film suffers not just from this acting but a painfully boring and so told-too-many times plot of a cop that "bends the rules" gets paired together with a "by the book" district attorney to fight crime. This leads to the film being more jokes and gags than anything plus a bunch of action (see again - HE'S A GODDAMN WRESTLER!!!) but neither of these things take place in the film. You spend your time sitting in a car or walking around town with these two idiots while the film tries to make you like them as people. It never works at any point.

Individual Ratings:

Over the top action:1-star
Cheesy effects:0-star
Horrendous acting:3-star
Laugh-out-loud-ability:1-star
Ridiculous stunts:1-star
Gratuitous nudity:0-star
Memorable one-liners:0-star

Overall Ratings:

Good Movie Quality: 4-star
Bad Movie Quality:2-star

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