Based on a true story, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test.
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming and smart comedy that proves everything is worth fighting for when it comes to family.
Every so often there's a film that comes along where you think... I'd like to see that but it's not a must-see. Make this a must-see!
This is the rags to riches story of a WWE Diva from a small town in England called Norwich. They're common, they're dirty and from the outside looking in, they're the people you'd avoid on the street. However this family has a huge secret... they have a dream, they have drive and above all else, they have each other.
This is the classic "A Star Is Born" tale. As one star rises another loses its shine but unlike A Star Is Born, everyone here finds their way. This is a feel good body slamming extravaganza of entertainment. It's not about WWE and the brand, it's the challenge one young woman faces to realise a dream, to be someone who was always sat on the outside, to feel less than you are and then find out that, that spark, that difference is what makes you special.
Florence Pugh plays Saraya whose dream to become a WWE superstar is as real as her brothers, their family runs a local wrestling club and runs amateur matches but now it's time for the big time, WWE has come calling and only one star will rise.... and that is Saraya's aka PAIGE!
Jack Lowden plays Zak, brother to Saraya, it was his dream first but sometimes dreams are not meant to be and this is where Stephen Merchant as writer and director shines. He doesn't shy away from Zak's story to focus on Saraya's training in the US with the WWE. He grabs hold of Zak's shattered dream and shakes it up giving Jack Lowden a role that really had no business being in a feel good film like this... a film of overcoming the odds, a film about reaching that elusive dream. Zak tumbles in to depression, his hopes have been dashed by a crass straight talking WWE trainer played by Vince Vaughn and as a man with a baby on the way Zak needs to come to terms with this crushing defeat.
It's a tough watch and Jack Lowden does an amazing job at showing just how far you can fall and become your own worst enemy... it's a battle that's taken out of the ring and placed in his own head. It was great to watch and be part of the dual storylines running alongside each other. One goes up and the other falls.
Lena Headey and Nick Frost play the parents to this unlikely rabble and they are hilarious. From inappropriate behaviour at the dinner table to the loving and supportive parents who would rob a bank to keep their family together and help realise their dreams.
This film is made of great heart felt moments that really give this story life and the cast seem so close that it's hard not to believe they aren't related. We all have our fears that we need to over come and every character here has something to face.
While FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a quality piece of entertainment it certainly gives the audience a lot to think about. The only negative? It felt slightly long in a couple of places... but that's about it.
This is one of the films you HAVE to catch in 2019. Add it to your cinema/theater list or keep it on your radar for Home Entertainment.... We will be there. This film delivered and then some!