Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth

2020

Documentary / Sport

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IMDb Rating 5.9 10 16

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Reviewed by hafaball-1 5 / 10 / 10

Watch only if you're interested in Craig Carton

I was a huge fan of Craig Carton on "Boomer and Carton" and was saddened by his firing and eventual arrest, so I was interested in the documentary, but unfortunately it probably wouldn't make anyone outside his fandom want to watch. The doc doesn't go into gambling as a whole enough, even romanticizes it to a point where it could hurt more than help. It does go into Carton's past traumas and downfall as the title suggests, but minimizes his prison sentence. At only 75 minutes, it's engaging enough, but the biggest drawback is Chris Christie constantly giving his 2 cents. As a New Jerseyan, he's the last person I want to see and interjects at the worst times. Hearing about Carton's traumas which led him down this path is the most heartfelt the doc gets and his new start is encouraging.

Reviewed by rickbell19 5 / 10 / 10

Self pity piece on a guy that had it all & pissed it away.

What are we supposed to feel sorry for this guy? It was ALL self inflicted! Why can't HBO do shows on people that have overcome tremendous hardships in life that made a huge difference and contributions helping others have a better life. First responders, cops, military, kids with diseases who came through REAL hardships to do great things in life. Not some loud mouth looser!

Reviewed by paul-allaer 5 / 10 / 10

Mildly interesting bio-doc of the NY sports shock-jock's rise and fall

"Wild Card - The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth" (2020 release; 76 min.) is a documentary about the life and times of Craig Carton, the erstwhile radio sports shock-jock. As the movie opens, Carton is in a penitentiary, doing time (but we don't know for what). In a voice -over, Carton says he wants to tell his side of the story, the full story. We go back in time, to 2007, when he and Boomer Esiason launch the "Boomer & Carton" sports talk show on New York's WFAN radio, and soon became the talk of the town. We then go back even further in time to "New Rochelle, NY, 1970s", as Carton recalls his middle class upbringing but also his personal demons from that time... At this point we are 10 min. into the documentary. Couple of comments: this documentary is written and directed by Martin Dunn and Marie McGovern, the same team that brought us last year's "Seaver" sports documentary. Here they look at the life and times of Craig Carton, a sports radio talk show host who apparently was very good at being a radio show host, but not so much at other things, including a self-destructive gambling addition (blackjack, in particular), which led to his spectacular fall from grace (into hard jail time). Given the notoriety of this guy in New York City, it may well be that New Yorkers will be fascinated by this. I had vaguely heard of this guy, and only because he teamed up on the radio with Boomer Esiason, yes the erstwhile Cincinnati Bengals QB (I live in Cincinnati, and saw Boomer lead them into Super Bowl XXIII back in the day--I was at that Super Bowl!). But other than that, I found this documentary mildly interesting at best. I will give credit to Carton for owning up to all he did wrong. He is not hiding behind anything or blaming others. "Wild Card - The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth" premiered this week on HBO and is now available on HBO On Demand and other streaming services. If you have any interest in sports or in a "radio loudmouth" (the New York kind, in particular), I'd readily suggest you check this out and draw your own conclusion.

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