The latest in WWE's series of money losing films, Bending The Rules, is now out in theatres, featuring the recently retired WWE superstar Adam "Edge" Copeland. WWE aren't expecting this movie to break even either, as they've already budgeted it for a $3.2 million loss, which is in line with what their last six movies lost on average. It's not hard to see why it will lose so much money, as the theatrical release this weekend is a complete bust, as it's only been shown in nine theatres, which means that it has gotten very little media buzz outside of a handful of interviews with Ain't It Cool News, LocalBozo.com and 740 The Game radio. Moreover, the movie has yet to receive even one critics review on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
Is it worth going out of your way to see in the very unlikely case that a cinema is showing it nearby? On the plus side is that Edge has had a bit more acting experience than his predecessors and his guest appearances on TV shows and films in the past have generally been well received. Moreover, as Edge told Ain't It Cool News, the film was written with him in mind, so he has a role that fits his real life character:
I think this one might have been developed a little bit toward what maybe my strengths were perceived as. I think it was "Hey, would you be interested in doing one?" "Yeah, for sure. Why not? Let's give it a shot." And then write it toward something that I would maybe be better at as opposed to getting me to try and play some kind of dramatic role. So that was kind of the process, at least on my end and what I was privy to....
I felt like this character was closer to Adam Copeland than it was to Edge and obviously there's elements of myself in the Edge character, but I don't know this character felt way closer to home to what I'm actually like than closer to home what the character of Edge is as confusing as that may have just come out. (Laughs) But with Blades he's a pretty good guy, he's just made a couple of mistakes here and there, a pretty mellow... If you get in his face, he'll probably knock it off, but for the most part he's a pretty good guy. He's pretty laid back, pretty mellow. One of the first things I thought of in reading it I was like "Okay, so this guy is the Big Lebowski, but he can fight."
Unfortunately, the trailer does a poor job of introducing the plot, past making sure that you know Edge is in the movie and he's playing a roguish, charming, mischievious, irreverent, cheeky, wisecracking, brilliant, clever, defiant cop named Blades accused of corruption. Somehow he becomes buddies with the lawyer prosecuting him and shenanigans ensue. Sounds like another WWE have got another winner on their hands!