Theatrical Reviews

Fighting With My Family Review

Fighting With My Family 1

Lionsgate UK

What’s It About? 
The true story of the meteoric rise of a girl from a wrestling family in Norwich, who made the big time in WWE in the US.   

Who’s In It?
Florence Pugh (The Falling, Lady Macbeth, & more recently Outlaw King)
Jack Lowden (England Is Mine, Dunkirk, & more recently Mary Queen Of Scots)   

Other notables include:
Nick Frost (Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead, & more recently Slaughterhouse Rulez)
Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones, 300, Dredd)
Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 5, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, & more recently Skyscraper)   

Director: Stephen Merchant (The Office, Cemetery Junction)   

Audiences Expect:
Muscleman The Rock and the gangly Stephen Merchant may seem like an odd wrestling tag team, but that is exactly what they have become. After catching a Channel 4 doc on some British wrestlers, Dwayne Johnson with his producer cap afixed, contacted fellow Tooth Fairy star to make this rags to riches story.
The story charts a wrestling obsessed Norwich-based family. Father Ricky Knight has left behind his life of crime, after meeting Julia and the two have ploughed all their energies into British wrestling. When their first son fails to make the grade for the US wrestling circuit in WWE, ending up in prison, their hopes wrest on wrestling fanatic Zak and his little sister Saraya.
When the only family member to get chosen by WWE happens to be Saraya, the rivalry and resentment threatens to destroy the close family dynamics.
A heartfelt and charming tale, Fighting With My Family is very much in the mould of traditional rags to riches tales. Yes this very British film is peppered with some American glitz, but it ultimately boils down to a familiar and largely unremarkable tale.
What lifts it, however, is not the American glitz such as Dwayne Johnson cameoing as himself, or a wearied Vince Vaughn, but two first rate performances from the ever impressive Florence Pugh, and Jack Lowden, who has the tougher of the two roles as his character descends into despair.      

In A Nutshell:
A first-class cast elevate this likeable but relatively unremarkable rags to riches story   

Jack Lowden and Florence Pugh   

The generic and at times limited script

Certificate: 12 / 12A