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Movie Review: Fighting with my Family

Updated: May 27, 2019

The Concept:

WWE adds another installment into their every growing library of films. As their library of WWE Films/Studios grows, their success % decreases. This is the same company that has made multiple sequels to films no one wanted. I am looking at you “The Marine.” WWE tags up with The Rock’s company Seven Bucks Productions to produce a biopic we weren't sure we wanted.

This talks about the unlikely story of Paige. There is a lot of reasons why this story was embellished to capture more of a wider audience base but the film was created to interest the die hard wrestling fans as well. This film was planned for an earlier release but due to Paige’s “other films” this was pushed back until everyone moved on from that.

As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 92%, Metacritic was at 68% and IMDB was at 7.6/10.

The Cast:

Mainly charged with no name actors short of Vince Vaughn(Wedding Crashers) as “Coach,” Nick Frost(Shaun of the Dead) as Paige’s father and Lena Hedley(Game of Thrones) as Paige’s mother. Florence Pugh plays Paige, and Jack Lowden plays her brother Zak who gets left behind after the WWE tryout. The rest of the cast was quite forgettable and to be honest they never really mentioned the other wrestlers names. But who they were was implied. For example, Tyler Breeze was in the tryout but he was never called upon by name

Of course, The Rock had a role in the film. How accurate his role was in real life I am sure is a whole other story. I’d like to think he had nothing to do with her origin whatsoever and was just added on to put butts in the cinema seats. Zelina Vega played the true pioneer to the Women Evolution, AJ Lee, but we aren't allowed to talk about or acknowledge it because I’ll get served on my wedding too. (oh, snap.)

The Recap:

Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

The good:

  • As a wrestling fan. This is everyone you would want to see. The journey to becoming a WWE superstar is a huge thing for many people. The story really drew me in

  • Had good comedic moments while still driving home the seriousness of problems the main characters were trying to overcome. For example Zan being cut by WWE and Paige not getting over on NXT

The bad:

  • The film suffers the same thing that most films the past 15 years have. It is way too long. A lot of additional dramatic scenes that were not required to drive home the plot.

  • I felt the casting short of the known named actors, were a flop. Florence Pugh did not come across as Paige whatsoever and fell quite flat in her acting performance.

Things that stood out:

Honestly. The film was the essentially cookie cutter movie about overcoming adversity, failing, trying again, failing and finally defying the odds. Short of adding the Rock, the film was average.

Why we should watch or not watch it:

For the hardcore WWE fan, you will enjoy it otherwise, you probably won’t. This film was made for a specific type of audience and it doesn't hide the fact it was. I know I am the majority here, but this film stunk. Based by how the movie did financially, the numbers speak for itself.

Rating: 2.5/5Stars

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