Young Rock

Young Rock

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson pays tribute to his pro wrestling upbringing in this light sitcom

The Very Best

8.0

TV Show

United States of America
English
Comedy
2021
Adrian Groulx, Ana Tuisila, Dwayne Johnson
22 min

TLDR

Some valuable b-roll for Dwayne Johnson’s presidential campaign.

What it's about

The year is 2032. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a U.S. presidential candidate. To demystify his Hollywood image, he begins to share stories about his upbringing as a third-generation pro wrestler that he hasn’t told anyone before.

The take

It’s a solid premise for a show, but it is a pretty scary premise that keeps you a little on edge. The interview segments are just realistic enough to put that image in your head, while the meat of the show is a visualization of a young Dwayne Johnson worrying about girls, keeping up appearances, and just getting by, all to make him appear more real and relatable. Presentation-wise, it feels very much like a lighthearted ‘90s comedy with matching fashion, tunes, and warm messages. Meta aspects aside, it’s effectively Rock’s tribute to his family growing up, full of earnest performances once it gets going.

What stands out

The casting for wrestlers is insanely spot on, except Ric Flair. The guy is uncastable.

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