Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family
  • 2019
  • UK/US
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Stephen Merchant
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, Dwayne Johnson

Based on the true story of WWE champion Saraya-Jade Bevis, aka Paige (Pugh), following her journey from dismal Norwich via Florida boot camp to the stadium. Pugh and Lowden as her brother are good, but the innuendo is crude, the characterisation shallow and the attempt to depict Saraya’s rise as some kind of feminist revolution is unconvincing.

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Fighting with My Family

21 Feb 20192 stars

GFF 2019: Crude and sexist dramedy, inspired by the story of a real female wrestler

'Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?' bellows Dwayne Johnson in the archive footage which opens wrestling opus Fighting with My Family, based on the true story of Saraya-Jade Bevis, aka Paige. Her journey from the dismal venues of Norwich to filling…

Stephen Merchant: 'When Dwayne Johnson goes in front of a wrestling crowd it's like Elvis has come on – it's insane'

14 Feb 2019

Writer and director of Fighting with My Family explains how The Rock got him into wrestling

The extraordinary tale of WWE superstar Paige was memorably documented in 2012 Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family. It's a fascinating portrait of two generations of professional wrestlers all living in a modest Norwich council…

Dwayne Johnson is loving reaction to Fighting With My Family

11 Feb 2019

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has loved the "bat s**t bananas" reaction to 'Fighting With My Family'. The WWE legend has returned to his "wrestling roots" to produce the new comedy drama based on the life of former women's champion Paige, and he admitted…

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