Wrestling has been a big part of my life. I grew up listening to Hulk Hogan telling me to eat my vitamins and say my prayers, snapped into a Slim-jim because of the Macho Man Randy Savage, smelled what the Rock was cooking, and crotch chopped every kid in middle school that disagreed with me. I still watch wrestling these days, and fortunately, the wrestling has gotten better, but the character building and storylines have not. Being C-Bunny is a triumphant true story that a screenwriter simply could not write up.
In Being C-Bunny, Christina Sarni elaborates on how she overcame numerous difficult obstacles in life to see her dreams come true. Christina was born with a hearing impairment, making it difficult to do everyday tasks that most people take for granted. Christina was often last picked in team sports and had no friends in school because of the impairment. As you can imagine, her school years were even rougher to deal with than most. After high school, Christina decided to create an alter ego in order to change the way others would see her and how she felt about herself. Thus C-Bunny was born. C-Bunny would appear as a hip-hop dancer on a television show being judged by dancer and singer Paula Abdul.
The C-Bunny persona sparked a new fire inside of Christina, and she decided to take it a step further. C-Bunny auditioned to be a dancer for T-Pain. She did a freestyle dance over a beat that she had to listen to very very carefully, and T-Pain loved it so much that he opened up a spot for her on his dance squad.
But C-Bunny didn’t stop there. She had a love for something other than dance, something more physical – professional wrestling. In an industry where hearing is needed to understand what the fans are feeling and what the match calls for, C-Bunny defied the odds and became a professional wrestler in the indies.
“…C-Bunny persona sparked a new fire inside of Christina, and she decided to take it a step further.”
First of all, the story is very inspirational to anyone that has been told that they cannot do something. That alone is enough of a reason for C-Bunny’s story to be told. If it can help someone, then it deserves the proper attention. The short film is almost 50/50 dance and wrestling. The first half talks about her life growing up and becoming a dancer. The second half of the film discusses C-Bunny’s rise to the top rope. I think this works well for a short film.
The interviews include C-Bunny, her father, sister, a few fellow indie wrestlers, but it would have been a plus to have T-Pain or Paula Abdul to give their input in the matter. Then again, it is hard to get named celebrities for a small film project, so it’s understandable why they did not appear here as interviewees.
At times the audio was a bit low, and I had to turn up the volume quite high, but other than that, I was quite pleased with Being C-Bunny. It tells an inspirational, triumphant, and feel-good story in a way that is relatable and engaging.
"…an inspirational, triumphant, and feel-good story..."