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77 minutes · 2012

I groaned when I realized this documentary was yet another tale of superfandom; obsession may be the most reliable source of drama, but the recent deluge of movies about pop-culture maniacs exploits this principle at its most pedestrian level. Sadermania surprised me, though, because the fan and his love object improbably wind up as equals. Chicago native Chris Sader grew up worshiping Hulk Hogan, filling his basement with Hulkmania memorabilia, and following the wrestler around the country in search of autographs and face time. Eventually Hogan admitted Sader to his private life and the two became genuine friends, lending each other moral support when their respective fathers died. Video maker Adam Gacka interviews Hogan at length, and the movie is actually more revealing as a portrait of him than of Sader; the wrestler seems sincerely touched and humbled by the devotion of his number-one fan.

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