Fighting with My Family (2019)
Pssst, want to check out Fighting with My Family in our new look?
See all comments
I suppose we're going to get a lot of material that feels cousin to A Star Is Born now, but we could do a lot worse than Fighting with My Family, the true-ish story of Saraya "Paige" Knight, a small English girl from a hilarious wrestling family who went pro in the WWE. Sure, in some ways, it's a two-hour ad for the latter organization, but with The (original) Office's Stephen Merchant at the helm, the biopic is also one of those small quirky British comedies. That might even make it a bit of a Frankenstein's Monster, the stuff in L.A. a kind of bombastic, aspirational, sports movie. The stuff in Norwich - and we don't lose sight of the disappointed brother who didn't get picked, that's nice - a much more inspired, witty and zesty family comedy. But while Merchant can't help but inject his brand of amusing discomfort in some scenes, his film really wears its heart and passion on its sleeve, with no small assist from the terrifically engaging performances from the four family members. Florence Pugh is a real star and Nick Frost is hilarious, but Headey and Lowden bring it too. Wrestling fans will no doubt spot all the WWE cameos better than I, though might be disappointed that the timeline is collapsed into movie format. Non-wrestling fans won't get any of that - it was all new to me, though I think I did recognize that Dwayne Johnson guy (he did other things, right?) - but will still find the movie fun, funny and heartwarming. For once, I didn't mind the real people showing up in the credits. They actually ARE hilarious!
A very wholesome film and nothing quite like what the trailer represents. I very much liked the sibling dynamic and the humour was so natural and witty, would highly recommend.
As a die hard pro wrestling fan, I was really excited to finally watch this film.
Florence Pugh did a great job depicting Paige. There were stellar performances all around and it’s comedic value is enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen. I had a lot of laugh out loud moments and it was great to see all the different cameos!
I used to train with the hopes of becoming a professional wrestler, but quite frankly I found it extremely difficult and unfortunately... I quit and ultimately prefer watching it. Despite leaving the profession before it materialised into anything significant, it’s safe to say that I had the time of my life. Going up and down the country to help out with wrestling shows, being a referee in front of hostile crowds, training with former WWE superstars such as Matt Striker, it was all a blast. I fondly remember being at a wrestling show and shook the hands of both Paige’s brothers. They were very respectful to everyone and had the match of the night on that show. I seriously wish them all the best!
I even recognised an old trainer from the wrestling school I used to go to in the film. Although we didn’t become close friends, it brought back fond memories of our altercations in the ring!
Wrestling life outside as well as within the WWE does take a toll and it’s a lot of hard work, but the family make it work because it is seriously their passion! The film wonderfully encapsulates this and it’s so evident in real life as well
I believe everything more or less happened in real life but it’s hard to fit everything in to a standard timed movie.
Paige really did light the spark that led to the woman’s revolution. There’s a lot of controversy that came up later in her career as well, maybe they could explore that in a sequel, but it would only mean the sequel would have to take a darker, more serious tone altogether.
All in all, Paige has in her young age alreadybhad a remarkable life with absolute highs to crippling lows
Oh, and we also share the same birthday hahaha
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!