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“Fighting With My Family” Rings The Bell

 

 

Review by John Delia

It’s one of those true stories that feature a lot of comedy due to the lifestyle and actions of a family that’s entrenched in the entertainment of wrestling. Nicely acted and directed, the cast of Fighting with My Family is very recognizable and take their roles seriously, making the film enjoyable to watch. The story may be a little over the top, but as far as the filmmakers are concerned it all really happened. It’s a fun movie and one I wouldn’t mind watching again.

In a small town of Norwich, England a family of wrestlers have been teaching their children and neighborhood teens how to wrestle. Keeping the kids off the street and providing entertainment for the locals, the Knight family of father Ricky (Nick Frost), mother Julia (Lena Headey), son Zak (Jack Lowden) and daughter Saraya (Florence Pugh) are getting a lot of notoriety and fill the small gym with many followers. While Ricky and Julia are the upcoming stars, they are very active in working on their moves with the townies.

Jack Lowden (left) stars as Zak Knight and Florence Pugh (right) stars as Paige in FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, directed by Stephen Merchant, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film.
Credit: Robert Viglasky

One day the family sees the announcement that Hutch (Vince Vaughn), a promoter for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), is coming to London to recruit new pros for their matches. It’s something both Zak and Saraya have always wanted and have worked on for a chance to show their moves. So they both enter the qualifying round up against a room filled with wannabe’s. Zak gets cut, but Saraya survives and gets a trip to Florida for the final qualifying and chance at getting a shot on Cable TV’s WWE RAW. But to make the cut for the live show Saraya, now named Paige, has to convince Hutch and beat out three of the most capable and hottest bods on the planet, Jeri-Lynn (Kim Matula), Maddison (Ellie Gonsalves) and Kristen (Aqueela Zol).

Nick Frost (left) as Ricky Knight and Lena Headey (right) as Julia Knight in FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, directed by Stephen Merchant, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film.
Credit: Robert Viglasky

The movie is based on a documentary about Saraya “Paige” Bevis that was shown on BBC and then made into this feature film that’s directed and written for the screen by Stephen Merchant. Merchant wastes no time introducing his characters and showing their love for the entertainment of wrestling. He then sets up his audience to look closer at the family unit showing their strong love for community by teaching and including the locals in their workouts. Of course he uses some Hollywood to pump up the volume and even brings in The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) to verify the validity of the film. As I found out, it was Johnson who found the documentary in the first place so why not make an appearance.

Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson in Fighting with My Family.directed by Stephen Merchant, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Robert Viglasky

It’s tough acting out an aggressive character, but when it comes to physical ability and pushing the energy levels to get good performances, that takes a “beyond the beyond” giving of self. Doing most of her own stunts including the wrestling moves and the training you see in film, Florence Pugh as Paige becomes that character. Her aggressiveness and the intensity of it makes it all look real. In fact, after much of what you see in the beginning, it’ll make you believe that the 22-year-old Pugh has been wrestling most of her young life. Fighting with My Family should be her stepping stone to more films and give a boost her career.

Fighting with My Family has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content. There’s a lot of very good wrestling action and some nice eye candy for both men and women. That coupled with some very snappy comical situations, make the film a fun day or evening for friends and lovers. Stay for the credits to see the real Saraya “Paige” Bevis and her family in some video shots.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A nicely paced movie for all ages. (3.5 out of 5 Stars)

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, with Vince Vaughn And Dwayne Johnson
Directed and written by: Stephen Merchant
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content
Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Opening Date: February 22, 2019
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Released in: Standard

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