More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Fake it So Real,” a documentary about a tiny independent wrestling federation in North Carolina. What chu gonna do when its VODetails run wild on you?
Director: Robert Greene
Cast: “Outlaw” Keith Matthews, Gabriel Croft, J-Prep
Official Synopsis: “‘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 on their way to the big show. They aren’t paid for their passion, but they treat wrestling like any artist treats his work. This is a film about doing something real.”
“The film is alive at every moment.”
“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.”
“Greene recognizes the men’s naivete but never condescends, paying sincere tribute to the creative process.”
“[Greene] seems to have an innate sense for character-driven narrative and the apparent deep trust of his subjects.”
“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.”
“Fake It So Real” is now available on VOD and iTunes.