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: 7.1
Director: Stephen Merchant
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 29 out of 309 found boring (9.38%)

One-line Reviews (158)

For the most part, it was an entertaining movie.

) 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.

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.

While the movie did made the debut far more intense with fans jeering her and hard-hitting with actual match rather than a quick squash with audience already cheering.

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

Dwayne Johnson delivers an enjoyable performance once again.

They had to do some intense stuff and they also had to use CGI.

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.

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

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

Good movie with a very intriguing plot about the journey of a wannabe wrestler trying to make it to the WWE.

Definitely worth the watch for something different.

Either way this is a really good story and its well done, a lot of exciting part that will drive you to the edge of your seat unless your a stump, and over all just done right.

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.

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

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.

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

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

A different type of WWE film that should please hardcore fans and newbies alike, Fighting with My Family may not knock it out of the ring but this fun, heartfelt and enjoyable true life tale is sure to bring a smile to viewers of all ages and backgrounds.

There were funny moments in the movie along with a good story which made the movie entertaining.

Really well directed, funny and engaging.


Great family movie that's full of laughs, I really enjoyed it, it's witty, heartfelt and a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

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

It shows the charm, glitz and glamour of trying to make it big as well as the hardships and ordeals they have to endure, but overall, I found the film a bit slow and it didn't hook me for some reason.

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

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

Enjoyable and heartwarming.

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

this movie was boring.

Boring .

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.

Now for those of you who don't really follow wrestling or know who the film is about, i can say you will like this film for its dramatic use and over all coming of age/transformation story that highlights the female struggle in a male driven industry.

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.

Still entertaining and funny.

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

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

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

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

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).

Disgusting humour, very bad acting and incredibly slow pacing.

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.

It's so funny and enjoyable.

Mostly dull and uninteresting with a few funny moments .

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.

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.

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

Dwayne Johnson delivers an enjoyable performance once again.

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

This is a good one and worth watching.

It is touching despite being highly predictable.

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!

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

Well worth watching!!

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.

Its quite enjoyable.

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.

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.

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.

A very enjoyable movie, even if you're not a fan of the WWE.

But what makes this movie engaging is the family dynamics, especially the brother-sister relationship of Paige and her brother, who didn't get the opportunity to join her in NXT.

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

Viewers who don't appreciate that may not enjoy the movie, but I enjoyed it very much.


"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.

Such a touching and gratifying story, wonderfully captured by director/actor Stephen Merchant, who also wrote a compelling screenplay, filled with a variety of funny, inspiring, dramatic and tender moments.

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

Enjoyable movie based on a true story

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

And though the movie as a whole is likable, it can at times be formulaic and way too squeaky clean at times.

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

Funny and moving, as well as fully engrossing.

Overall, this movie is great 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.

Very entertaining .

It's a slam and worth watching.

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

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.

Great humour and entertaining film!

The movie is entertaining and is a must watch.

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

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

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

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

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

So unexpected!

There are absolutely zero surprises in the journey Merchant takes us on in Family's runtime and there is a sense that everyone is made to be far too clean cut (such as how awesomely nice The Rock is) for this to be considered a true to life retelling of events but the core of the story remains enjoyable throughout and it's a credit to all that this wrestling focused dramedy is such an easy watch.

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.

Predictable, poor jokes and just tried too hard to make it something it wasnt.

Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, I should have known this would be better than most, but the central performances by Florence Pugh and on screen brother Jack Lowden are mind blowing.

This film is so boring that I came here to write about it.

Sad boring day at the theater.

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

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

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.

Solid and entertaining .

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.

Like botches, receipts, etc. This movie is quite entertaining, though the story is simple.

Uninteresting and uninspired story.

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

What I got was something completely fun and entertaining, with a lot of really touching moments and of course enough wrestling sprinkled on throughout the film to at least satisfy the name sake.

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.

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

Pros Good ending Real story The cast is appropirateCouns Expected ending Dirty language Donot sutiable for family Boring in many time

But i enjoyed it so much.

Funny, entertaining, sometimes heartbreaking.

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


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

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

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

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

It was not my typical kind of film as I don't like wrestling, but it really surprised me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Entertaining and informative film about the tough wrestling world.

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

Fighting With My Family is a film which I enjoyed watching, found entertaining to watch and was funny as well as having some great acting by some great actors.

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.

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.

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.

Superficial, probably but always entertaining.

funny & entertaining all the way!

Very engaging.

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

worth watching even if you don't like wrestling

Who would find this entertaining?

Good movie, pretty funny, a little too much drama for my taste, but well-made overall and enjoyable for a single viewing (1 viewing)

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

Although the focus of the the story is based on Paige's incredible climb to the top of a major wrestling company like the WWE, it's still feels like director/writer Stephen Merchant is taking this simplified tale in the formulaic direction of a sports underdog story of an individual who has to go against the odds to reach her fullest potential and has to work through those speed bumps in order to get there.

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 .

Very boring

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

worth watching even if you don't like wrestling .

Really boring actually!

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.

Heartwarming, entertaining journey of a "weirdo from Norwich" .

Entertaining & heartwarming.

Entertaining family film .

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

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

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

Very entertaining .

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

For these reasons, plus Florence Pugh's great performance, a fresh story that is gives more than it promises (and because I really enjoyed it) I rate this film an 8 (great) out of 10.

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

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

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!!

Very enjoyable movie with a take home message.

Overall, Fighting with My Family is a well crafted, finely narrated & wonderfully performed sports comedy that's amusing, entertaining & moving in sufficient doses.

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.

Don't waste your time .

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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.

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.

Stunning acting and writing.

This was such an enjoyable movie to watch and made even better knowing the family was real!

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

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