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About the Movie
Rise of the Sufferfests is the first documentary about Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and the global obstacle course phenomenon. The film asks why millions of people are suddenly paying to suffer through ice, fire, electricity, barbed wire, mud and more… and what it says about the world we’re living in. It features a colorful cast of characters from the cultish “OCR” community, as well as sharp—and often funny—social commentary from thought leaders like Morgan Spurlock, Tim Ferriss, A. J. Jacobs and Hanna Rosin. It also follows the misadventures of journalist-turned-filmmaker Scott Keneally, a self-proclaimed “beta male” who wanders deep into the crucible, tackling some of the world’s most brutal sufferfests. Far from just a movie about mud, it’s a smart, entertaining film about modern life and the journey of a “just enougher” to steel up in the face of fatherhood.
After waiting 3 years for the release of this documentary, I can finally show my family and friends why it is that I choose to embrace obstacle course racing as a way of life. This is the best attempt at explaining what an obstacle course race is and what it means to live life like a true Spartan or Tough Mudder. This movie has it all: humor, emotion, sincerity, authenticity and most of all... lots of suffering! I am sure anyone and everyone will enjoy this insiders look at the craziest form of racing ever to exist.
Documentary Filmmaking at its Dirtiest
I’m a huge fan of Morgan Spurlock and Spartan Race. Never the twain shall meet, I assumed, until director Scott Keneally rolled up his sleeves, lathered himself up in wet dirt and did the dirty business required to birth such a majestic movie. The resulting progeny is an honest and exciting exploration into the twisted, brutal and often misunderstood world of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). Keneally examines what drives its millions of muddy disciples - be it vanity, fitness or some hybrid - while also turning the magnifying scope on himself. In today’s world, what does it mean to be a man? To be human, for that matter? While he doesn’t reach nirvana (*late spoiler alert!*), Keneally does a fantastic job at showcasing the complex motivations that will us to crawl under barbed wire, jump over fire, literally electrocute ourselves and get excited to do it again. And perhaps apropos for a movie where most characters are shivering to death, his personal story of growth will warm you right up!
PRO TIP: While veterans to the world of OCR will love the many cameos by famous racers and characters (shoutout to Joe De Sena!), this movie is for everyone. Even if you’ve never run one of these things, chances are you know someone who has. I dare you to watch this and at the very least not want to go jump in an oversized mud puddle by the end. OCR may not be for everyone, but this documentary is.
Not just another sports documentary
This is a dicumentary made by someone who has been through the mud and agony of these races. It captures the true soul of the sport of Obstacle Course Racing. If you have even completed an OCR, thought about, or know someone who has and asked Why? Watch this!!!