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FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 48 mins.
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Stephen Merchant
STARRING: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, Florence Pugh, and Jack Lowden
Heartwarming? Check. Inspirational? Check, check! …and whether or not you are a WWE Fan or not, get ready to not only rumble, but enjoy every last second of the real-life story portrayed in Fighting With My Family!
Wrestling in small venues in England, Rick Night (Nick Frost) and his wife Julia (Lena Headey), have their youngsters Zak (Jack Lowden) and Saraya (Florence Pugh) in tow, making wrestling a way of life for them all…
When the WWE comes a calling, it seems that Zak and Saraya (Who has now changed her name to Paige) have been given an opportunity to try out in the States. While Paige impresses Coach Hutch (Vince Vaughn), it seems that brother Zak doesn’t so much, leaving Paige with no choice but to venture into the world of Professional wrestling without him, leaving her brother to pick up the pieces of his broken heart.
Struggling with the decision if this is the right life for her, or not, Paige seeks the approval and guidance of Zak, who not only provides her the inspiration she has been in search of, but the will to become the next WWE Diva Champion…
I give FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN! This film is so inspirational from beginning to end, that you will find yourself cheering Paige on throughout her tumultuous ride into the World Wrestling Entertainment empire! Pugh is fabulous playing Paige, as she has just the right amount of grit, perseverance, and charm, to get the job done! Lowden is perfectly cast too, playing the influential brother, who, once he deals with his own demons, finds a way to set out and change the world of wrestling in his own way too! And how can a movie not be a total hit, when you get to see Dwayne Johnson, playing himself as “The Rock” throughout many of its frames as well. Even Vince Vaughn ends up being perfectly cast too, as the best coach possible, to help Paige turn her life into everything she always dreamed it could be. Take it from me, you will laugh profusely, and even shed a tear or two too along the way, as FIGHITING WITH MY FAMILY attempts to ignite a passion in all of us, whether or not wrestling is your dream, or if you just have a need to change the world by whatever gifts God has bestowed you, and finding a way to manage to do just that! FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is one of those family friendly films that every youngster should definitely see, especially the young ladies of the world, as this inspirational true story might just spark an ounce of a passion in your little girl too ~ as it finds a way to convey very distinctly ~ that with passion and hard work, absolutely anything is possible!
This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 48 mins
Director: Stephen Merchant
Cast: Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Jack Lowden
A female wrestler’s journey to join the World Wrestling Entertainment proves difficult because of her relationship with her family.
Shhhhh…I’m going to tell you a secret that I don’t tell anyone…I still watch WWE. That’s right, I’m an adult male and I still love watching WWE!!! It’s my soap opera what can I say, but I’m sorry…I still do. WOW, I feel so relieved! Like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. This feels almost as good as when I told people I listen to Nickelback. Now because I am a wrestling fan and I do watch WWE, then you can trust me when I say that FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a very good movie. I wouldn’t say it’s the best movie representation of wrestling because that medal goes to THE WRESTLER, but it is a very entertaining story and worth watching if you’re a fan of the WWE or wrestling in general. Without spoiling anything, I already knew who Paige was and I had already seen her debut on RAW – so that wasn’t why I was wanting to see this film. I was more excited to see her journey and the relationships that brought her to the WWE. I have never thought of Paige as being the most popular wrestler (i.e. The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, or John Cena), but her story is definitely unique and worthy of the big screen. A few things you should know before seeing this movie. One, The Rock is barely in this movie. Even though he’s on the poster front and center, he’s only there for PR sake. Two, there are actual wrestlers in the film making cameos, which is cool when you’re a nerd like me and find things like that awesome. Lastly, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is meant to be an inspiration to all those underdogs out there that will not quit and keep trying even after they are told the word “NO”. I love movies like these because they motivate me into a mind set of putting things in focus and aiming for what is most important to me. So if you’re a fan of the WWE and underdogs, then I would definitely recommend you go to the theater to see FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY. If you’re not a huge fan of wrestling and you are always the person that says “wrestling is fake”, then keep your candyass at home. LOL. Until next time, thanks for reading.
P.S. – After the “real footage” ends during the credits, you can also leave because there is nothing at the very end of the credits.