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: 31 out of 355 found boring (8.73%)

One-line Reviews (181)

Its quite enjoyable.

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.

It is well casted and worth the watch.

Entertaining Throughout!

Very enjoyable movie with a take home message.

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 engaging.

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.

Edit: I watched it again in March 2020, a really entertaining movie.

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.

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

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

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

Still entertaining and funny.

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

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

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!

Entertaining & heartwarming.

This was a really enjoyable, funny, sad, inspiring movie!!

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.

The only real downside to me is that this is horribly formulaic.

Superficial, probably but always entertaining.

Who knew the world of women's wrestling was so intense ??

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.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

this movie was boring.

Boring .

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

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.

It's entertaining throughout, has a character that is easy to root for, and is occasionally amusing.

Even if you aren't a wrestling fan, this movie is quite entertaining.

Uninteresting and uninspired story.

Overall though .. highly enjoyable and would absolutely recommend.

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.

It's was enjoyable and engrossing in your typical "sportsing nobody triumphs over adversity" way.

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.

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 .

Let me start by saying that this film is run-o-the-mill, formulaic, predictable.

worth watching even if you don't like wrestling

it's funny, gutsy and down right 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.

Who would find this entertaining?

The movie is entertaining and is a must watch.

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

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

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.

Some of the scenes caught me off guard in a sad way which was unexpected.

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

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.

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

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.

Solid and entertaining .

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

Entertaining and informative film about the tough wrestling world.

Funny, entertaining, sometimes heartbreaking.

Entertaining family film .

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

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


Really boring actually!

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

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

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).

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

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

It's a slam and worth watching.

Definitely worth the watch for something different.

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

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.

A couple of the reviews have pointed out that some things were dragged out a bit much.

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

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

worth watching even if you don't like wrestling .

Disgusting humour, very bad acting and incredibly slow pacing.

Well worth watching!!

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

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 ?

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.

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

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

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

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

The cast are fantastic; Pugh is increasingly one of the coolest young actors today and Lowden creates one of the most engaging dramatic performances of the year.

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.

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.

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

"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.

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

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

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

Dwayne Johnson delivers an enjoyable performance once again.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Entertaining tale of "the weirdo freak from Norwich" .

For the most part, it was an entertaining movie.

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.

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.

Very boring

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.

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

Stunning acting and writing.

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

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

Enjoyable for sure.

It's so funny and enjoyable.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

While the direction makes this a rather formulaic presentation, Jack's portrayal of Zak Zodiac allows the audience to become invested in more than just the main character.

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.

Mostly dull and uninteresting with a few funny moments .

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

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.

There are also clichés aplenty, whilst a lot of the key plot points are predictable.

Very entertaining .

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

But i enjoyed it so much.

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.

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

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 (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

Very entertaining .

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

Sad boring day at the theater.

Funny and moving, as well as fully engrossing.

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

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

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

Don't waste your time .

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

Really well directed, funny and engaging.

So unexpected!

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

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

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

Good enjoyable little bout of a movie 7/10

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

) 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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


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

It is touching despite being highly predictable.

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.

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.

This film is worth watching for this performance alone,.

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.

Great humour and entertaining film!

And even for me this was a complete yawn fest.

Vince Vaughn very much plays himself as the WWE coach and is very funny for it with an unexpected backstory that is really well hinted at.

Entertaining & Full of Love .

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.

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

Enjoyable and heartwarming.

Dwayne Johnson delivers an enjoyable performance once again.

Enjoyable movie based on a true story

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

This is a good one and worth watching.

From the backstory of the WWE Diva Paige it's entertaining and enjoy to watch.

funny & entertaining all the way!


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

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!!

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