Review: You Cannot Kill David Arquette (Fantasia 2020)

Title: You Cannot Kill David Arquette
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David Darg, Price James
Starring: David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Courteney Cox
Runtime: 1 hr 31 mins

What It Is: David Arquette (Arquette) is a former WCW (World Championship Wrestling) world champion. This made him the bane of every pro wrestling fan’s existence. His win seen as some epic slap in the face to fans of the squared circle. Now almost twenty years removed he’s making a comeback this time however he wants to do it the right way. By respecting the legacy and traditions of the ring. Wrestling and Lucha libre might not be ready for him, but is Arquette ready for them?

What We Think: Not only is this a very personal story but it is one that really does an incredible job of telling a modern underdog tale. One of a guy who’s likable and received some very negative and unnecessary backlash for events that he has nothing to do with. You WILL laugh at a genuinely funny guy who has the heart of a child. You WILL cry at the journey that he goes through. The ups the downs the wins and the losses (both in and out of the ring). An odyssey of compassion and the human spirit. Told lovingly and crafted with an eye for its subject. One that doesn’t always flatter. One that faults the flawed and understands where those flaws come from.

Our Grade: A-, Holy crap! I loved this particular piece. Documentaries tend to live and die by how interesting the subject or subjects are. Arquette is utterly fascinating! This is one of two GREAT professional wrestling docs headed to your screen alongside the equally awesome Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro. WCW in the late nineties and earlier aughts is so interesting and weird and stuff like this proves it.

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