Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family

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Fighting with My Family

Comedy biopic written and directed by Stephen Merchant (The Office), based on the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with my Family, which tells the story of WWE wrestler Paige (Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth). Dwayne Johnson appears in the film and is also among the producers.

Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak (Jack Lowden, Dunkirk) are ecstatic when they get the opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot, she must leave her family behind and face this new cut-throat world alone.

2019Rating: M, Violence, sexual references & offensive language109 minsUSA, UK
ComedyTrue Story & Biography
96%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Grapples with Holding Audience's Interest

First off - those of you expecting a Dwayne Johnson led wrestling action/comedy will be disappointed. This is not The Rock's film. He's reduced to a mere cameo, which is fine, because it leaves space in the ring for Florence Pugh's wrestler Paige - to shine. With crackles of humour littered throughout, Stephen Merchant directs a rather mainstream wrestling...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

"Fighting With My Family" may not be an Oscar contender but it has enough wit, heart, energy and good cheer to make it a fun watch even for non-wrestling fans.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The boastful, performative nature of WWE, spiked with mini dramas and constant role-playing, becomes the lingua franca of an atypical household in Fighting with My Family, the sweetest of comedies despite a sizable number of body slams.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's often broadly funny but never mean or patronising; it takes the Knights, their eccentricities and quixotic aspirations seriously, but not enough to squelch the fun.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Despite a great real-life background story, and despite comedy master Stephen Merchant being at the helm as writer-director, this movie never really comes off.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Fighting With My Family is a plucky, funny and unexpectedly moving wee film. I liked it a great deal.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

What's surprising is how well all of this suplex-to-nuts biopic works...[but] see it for Florence Pugh's fireplug turn.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Fighting with My Family is simply an entertaining, lightweight affair of humorously choreographed muscle.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Within the context of a sport that thrives on artifice, writer-director Stephen Merchant spins a story whose emotions feel entirely genuine.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A couple of scenes with The Rock don't energise a run-of-the-mill sports story.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

If you want a good laugh, you'll find it here. If you want some Rocky-style physical exertion, you'll get your fill. Even if you're not all that interested in pro wrestling, the serious talent has a solid chance of winning you over anyway.

0
Variety

Variety

press

"Fighting With My Family" may not be an Oscar contender but it has enough wit, heart, energy and good cheer to make it a fun watch even for non-wrestling fans.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The boastful, performative nature of WWE, spiked with mini dramas and constant role-playing, becomes the lingua franca of an atypical household in Fighting with My Family, the sweetest of comedies despite a sizable number of body slams.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's often broadly funny but never mean or patronising; it takes the Knights, their eccentricities and quixotic aspirations seriously, but not enough to squelch the fun.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Despite a great real-life background story, and despite comedy master Stephen Merchant being at the helm as writer-director, this movie never really comes off.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Fighting With My Family is a plucky, funny and unexpectedly moving wee film. I liked it a great deal.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

What's surprising is how well all of this suplex-to-nuts biopic works...[but] see it for Florence Pugh's fireplug turn.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Fighting with My Family is simply an entertaining, lightweight affair of humorously choreographed muscle.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Within the context of a sport that thrives on artifice, writer-director Stephen Merchant spins a story whose emotions feel entirely genuine.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A couple of scenes with The Rock don't energise a run-of-the-mill sports story.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

If you want a good laugh, you'll find it here. If you want some Rocky-style physical exertion, you'll get your fill. Even if you're not all that interested in pro wrestling, the serious talent has a solid chance of winning you over anyway.

0

Grapples with Holding Audience's Interest

First off - those of you expecting a Dwayne Johnson led wrestling action/comedy will be disappointed. This is not The Rock's film. He's reduced to a mere cameo, which is fine, because it leaves space in the ring for Florence Pugh's wrestler Paige - to shine. With crackles of humour littered throughout, Stephen Merchant directs a rather mainstream...

2.0
0