Written and Directed by Stephen Merchant (The Office UK), Fighting With My Family is the biographical movie based on the life of WWE Professional Wrestler Paige. Grossing over $39 million, the film was a huge success with particular emphasis on how well Florence Pugh (Malevolent) did in the lead role. Crossing a number of genres, this sports comedy-drama is a great watch.
It starts back in 2002 when a wrestling-obsessed family from Norwich convince their daughter, Saraya Bevis, to get into the ring. Strapped for cash, they continue putting on shows and by the time Saraya is 18 years old she has become well known locally under her stage name ‘Britani Knight'. Her older brother dreams of becoming a WWE star and encouraged by their parents they try-out for WWE trainer Hutch Morgan (Vince Vaughan) before a wrestling taping in London. But when Morgan chooses Saraya over her brother Zac, telling him he will never make it as a wrestler, the family are both elated and crushed. Saraya, who now goes by the name ‘Paige' thanks to a meeting with Dwayne Johnson (Skyscraper), reluctantly heads to L.A. to complete her training.
But things are tough for Paige in the US. She looks nothing like her fellow female competitors, her fitness levels aren't up to scratch and homesickness kicks in. Meanwhile back at home, Zac (Jack Lowden) has fallen into a depression and is in serious danger of ruining his life. But when Paige decides she can't do it anymore and wants to quit, the family rally around and convince her to continue. Parents Rick (Nick Frost) and Julia (Lena Headey) know this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Paige just has to embrace her talent, stop trying to be somebody she is not and do it for the family.
There is so much to love about Fighting With My Family. The performances are exceptional, the comedy and drama are in perfect balance. So at some points, you will find yourself laughing out loud and holding back the tears at others. It is a beautiful depiction of an unconventional family who supports and loves each other so much that you genuinely root for them every step of the way. While the movie may be themed around the rise of a WWE star, it is far more than that. It is about believing in yourself, going for your dreams and never giving up no matter how hard the road ahead may be. A terrific film that will have you cheering from your sofa.