Fighting with My Family (2019) - Biography, Comedy, Drama

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A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Stephen Merchant
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 24 out of 241 found boring (9.95%)

One-line Reviews (126)

funny & entertaining all the way!

The comic timing and chemistry between him and the other actors is worth watching.

Dave Mastiff and Kip Sabian are two of the most obvious but there's a few more (and a dig a Pete Dunne which is funny, if slightly confusing).

Overall, Fighting with My Family is a pretty exciting and good film.

It was very engaging and very funny, with very appealing characters.

It is touching despite being highly predictable.

In all seriousness, it is very entertaining and informative to watch his real-life impact on Paige.

This is a brutal world where a dream can be killed in an instant, with every move under intense scrutiny.

Delivering the goods with plenty of heart, it may be nostalgic to some & inspiring to others but it is by all means a welcome & heartfelt tribute to all the wrestlers who continue to put their bodies on line week after week just for the sake of entertaining us.

Florence Pugh kills it as Paige with her believable and intense performance from the way she cries to the way she slams in the ring!

Always good to see The Rock be the rock, as the two scenes with him were enjoyable and funny.

But the film itself was enjoyable & didn't once have a boring un-entertaining part in it.

Very enjoyable movie with a take home message.

Another problem is the pacing of the end which does show her progression after training, but it felt rushed compared to the slower first half.

Funny, entertaining, sometimes heartbreaking.

The movie is one of the most entertaining flicks I've seen this year.

Despite having a some-what predictable plot, thanks to the acting and the interactions between the characters (specially the chemistry between Paige and her brother), the film keeps you interested in its story.

Because the fights in the film can be seen a bit slower, you can clearly see that the fights are fake.

She embodies the rather straightforward sports drama struggle in a way that's compelling-she generates serious empathy and sympathy for a character who doesn't always deserve it.

In regards to the rest of the tale, the semi predictable plot is something else difficult to ignore, though again, the rest of the movie sort of offsets this component so it's only a minor area of improvement.

It added a genuinely intriguing element to the narrative and helped to raise my score for the film.

Pretty awesome, I enjoyed it because it was based on a true story.

Superficial, probably but always entertaining.

Entertaining & heartwarming.

By the first look the film is cliche, and predictable.

I found most of the characters interesting and compelling.

Saw this movie on weekend it is really pretty good film it's enjoyable it shows a lot of moments with motivation, and if you know Paige well it's not her real name it's Saraya-Jade Bevis.

Packs few surprises but a thouroghly enjoyable comedy/drama.

The comic timing and chemistry between him and the other actors is worth watching.

I was completely bored through out the entire movie, not only was I bored I kept having to nudge my husband because he kept falling asleep and starting to snore.

Boring .


It's a well done if slightly predictable "underdog" story.

But i enjoyed it so much.

She gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Florida for intensive training.

Fighting with My Family is one of the most enjoyable films of the year so far, and one which I cannot wait to experience again.

Ome excellent casting and the work of a quirky comedic writer lift up what might have otherwise been a formulaic family sports drama in "Fighting with My Family" -and body slam it.

Solid and entertaining .

Its quite enjoyable.

Soraya/Paige's story is somewhat predictable: will she make it to the giant stadium for a title bout at "Wrestlemania"?.

worth watching even if you don't like wrestling

The overall design of the movie was bland and a bit boring.

The story that WWE is trying to paint here is that, these wrestlers break there backs, struggle and put themselves through hell for 99% of their lives just so that in those 2-3 hours of show every Sunday, Monday, Friday it is explosive, hilarious and worth-while entertainment!!

Instead I get nearly 2 hours of cheese, sorry maybe only a hour because I fell asleep on and off during this.

Funny and moving, as well as fully engrossing.

I enjoyed this movies, it's funny, entertaining and gives an interesting insight into the world of wrestling.

Based on a true story, Stephen Merchant presents a funny, predictable biopic that will surprise you with the feels.

Dwayne Johnson delivers an enjoyable performance once again.

Sad boring day at the theater.

It has a great and simple story but yet a deep and true story that will make you cry but will make you laugh as much and this is a movie worth watching.

Very engaging.

Look, if you've ever seen an Underdog Sports Movie Based on a True Story and enjoyed it, you'll most likely enjoy the hell out of this.

Fighting with My Family is a very enjoyable movie to watch.

Fighting with My Family (2019) 7.3 Act 1 - 7.7 Act 2 - 7.0 Act 3 - 7.2Good Great performances all around Story about family and following dreams Good story Enjoyable overall film Care about and root for characters Strong story between brother and sisterBad Some cliches as expected in a sports film Some corny lines A few overly manufactured moments Wrestling scenes weren't very good

To conclude, there is really nothing wrong with this film unless you are both attentive and know about the WWE, besides this, you will have an entertaining, heart warming, charming experience with good laughs throughout.

He breathes his fanboy moments onto papers that makes each mundane moment cinematic.

Entertaining family film .

Enjoyable and heartwarming.

Very entertaining .

Aside from that the acting from everyone was pretty great, especially from Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden, whilst Dwayne Johnson was entertaining in the couple of scenes that he is in.


The Rock was barely in this movie and the story was predictable Hollywood redemption story.

Nevertheless, this entertaining biopic isn't a generic, shallow account of the wrestling world that you'll forget once you've seen it.

Beautiful acted by both brother and sister and many of the supporting cast this is a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

This is more gripping and grim than its subject matter might suggest.

Disgusting humour, very bad acting and incredibly slow pacing.

Funny, entertaining and manages to make you care for the cast.

endearing & entertaining movie, Florence at her best.. .

The movie's pacing is off from the get go.

At the end the main actress defeat her rival also very predictable!

I found it kept my interest through the whole film and really enjoyed it.

Well worth watching!!

this movie was boring.

Clare's Compelling Reviews gives this movie an admirable 4.5 stars.

) Hyped as the true story of WWEs Divas Champion Paige's rise to fame, supported with cameos by WWE hall of famers, you'd be within your rights to presume this is another film from the WWE propaganda portfolio.

The awfully boring plucky under dog story where the main hero has to go through austerity to reach their goal and win against superior opponents ?

Very entertaining .

It's so funny and enjoyable.

Fun coming of age story with a great amount of laughter, drama, and of course wrestling.

The script and direction of Stephen Merchant were both excellent ( the unsung hero of The Office pairing with Ricky Gervais )Ignoring this was based on a real story it was an excellent story of ambition and opportunity where the ultimate prize is the razzmatazz of the American dream - compare that with with the dreary backdrop of an English pebble dashed rendered council estate and you have your rags to riches story .


Whilst he demonstrates that he's a competent director I felt that the writing was a little formulaic, especially with the humour which felt a little obvious most of the time.

Mostly dull and uninteresting with a few funny moments .

Who would find this entertaining?

It's a nice film to watch about a triumph over adversity, discovering your self-identity and success against the odds, but 70 percent of the narrative was super serious and slow paced - I guess I wasn't expecting that.

I watched this film with my husband and we both enjoyed it.

I can't really say I know the story, but the movie works well to blend the structures with that Hollywood magic to make it entertaining.

"Fighting with my family" is an entertaining film to watch.

The direction is fast paced, energetic, and it kept the story moving.

I give Fighting with My Family an enjoyable 7/10.

I don't usually go out of a movie, but this one was just probably the worst movie I've seen in my life.

Dwayne Johnson delivers an enjoyable performance once again.

Yes, I tend to stay awake at the cinema during a movie.

There's not a bad performance in the movie, from the brooding nature of Jack Lowden's portrayal of Zak through to the always entertaining Nick Frost, as the father just trying to make ends meet.

Uninteresting and uninspired story.

If you can think of every sporting cliche going then you wont be disappointed as they are all in this film.

Enjoyable movie based on a true story

"Fighting with My Family" is an entertaining and funny film if a little slight and though I can't imagine it's going to be anybody's favourite film of all time, it's a lot of fun to watch and I'm sure would be enjoyed by anyone.

Character development, major themes of family, friendship, dedication, and many other subplots actually work well to provide an engaging film that isn't quite the norm for this genre.

This is a good one and worth watching.

It's a slam and worth watching.

It's a true story, but it relies on played out tropes and rote cliche and it also reenacts certain key events incorrectly to embellish that cliched core.

Pugh's ability to master both intense and comedic scenes should not be understated, as we see in some of the more uplifting scenes.

A little too much drama for my liking, but enjoyable single-viewing experience (1 viewing)

Entertaining and informative film about the tough wrestling world.

How can you have Stephen Merchant put in such a pointless neutered performance in?

It's the same 'underdog' story that we've seen time and time again in pictures of this ilk, so it is all very predictable.

For people who are known or just a fan of wrestling, this film is extra entertaining.

On an overall scale, Fighting with My Family is a finely crafted, properly narrated & wonderfully performed sports comedy that's amusing, entertaining & moving in sufficient doses.

Really boring actually!

But I have to say the documentary about the Knights is much more entertaining and full off life, as brooding and wonderfully diverse Florence Pugh was in the film, she has nothing of the charisma Saraya Knight has.

Whilst Paige's story is fairly formulaic and simple, the aspect of the plot involving her brother Zak and how he coped with not being picked for the WWE training programme was really well-written.

With a great cast (Pugh and Lowden surprisingly being the standouts), a good balance of humour and drama, and an engaging script, Merchant manages to deliver the traditional formula with a real knockout, pushing the cliches against the ropes and winning over the crowd.

The textbook structure of the script never grows into the culprit, it is entertaining even when Merchant is pulling off a montage sequence of the training our protagonist goes through.

Stephen Merchant shines a new light on an often mocked industry, in a fascinating biopic of one of the WWE's most influential women ever.

I guess i got bored half way into the movie...

worth watching even if you don't like wrestling .

The movie is entertaining and is a must watch.

But the real standout comes from his snappy writing, as all the jokes and emotional moments land.

Great humour and entertaining film!

The plot of the movie is so predictable and so dull it should have never been green lit.

He story of Paige is so interesting and Merchant shows this intriguing story without pulling too many punches.

It's balanced on many levels, telling an entertaining story, with multiple levels than the typical comedy brings to you.

A coming of age story which everyone can relate to when it comes to chasing a dream and balancing the challenges that come with it.

He enjoyed it so much he contacted his "Tooth Fairy" co-star Steven Merchant about writing a screenplay about the Knight family's outrageous shenanigans.

Really well directed, funny and engaging.