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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.

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Stephen Merchant
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WWE Star Has a Biopic at Age 26. What've You Done?

The 2019 Sundance film Fighting With My Family dramatizes the life story of Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis), with Lena Headey and Nick Frost as her parents. See more from the cast and director Stephen Merchant.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson)
Thomas Whilley Thomas Whilley ... Young Zak
Tori Ellen Ross Tori Ellen Ross ... Young Saraya (as Tori Ross)
Nick Frost ... Ricky Knight
Lena Headey ... Julia Knight
Florence Pugh ... Saraya Knight
Jack Lowden ... Zak Knight
Olivia Bernstone ... Ellie
Leah Harvey ... Hannah
Mohammad Amiri Mohammad Amiri ... Ez
Christine Ozanne Christine Ozanne ... Old Lady
Grace Link Grace Link ... Townie #1
Hannah Dodd ... Townie #2
Jack Gouldbourne ... Calum
Elroy Powell ... Union Jack (as Elroy 'Spoonface' Powell)
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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.

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Meet an Outsider who changed the Game. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting with My Family See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,780, 14 February 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,958,886, 23 May 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,058,583, 23 May 2019
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Vince Vaughn's character doesn't exist in real life, although he seems to be based around former NXT Wrestling Trainer Bill Demont, along with other trainers that WWE tends to hire. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene where Zak and Saraya are fighting over what to watch on TV, it's on a modern flat-panel Hi-Definition TV. The scene was in 2000, when most HD television sets were in cabinets similar to old rear projection TVs, and flat-panel TVs that existed then were as expensive as a small car. An expense a family running a struggling wrestling promotion would hardly be able to afford. See more »

Quotes

Hutch: [Sees Paige returning to the performance center from Christmas] Can I help you?
Raya Knight: [Firmly] You didn't cut me and I didn't quit.
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Crazy Credits

The scenes over the end credits come from the 2012 UK Channel 4 documentary 'The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family'. This is supposedly the documentary The Rock saw that got him interested in producing a film about Paige's story. See more »

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In order to obtain a PG-13 rating in the US, some swearing was edited out of the film. The Blu-ray included an R-rated 'director's cut' which restores the edits. See more »

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Features King of the Ring (2000) See more »

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Christmas Time
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Fighting With My Family (2019)
17 February 2019 | by rockman182See all my reviews

Had to double take on the director and writer and make sure if it was THE Stephen Merchant writing and directing this film and it turned out it was so that was interesting. I used to be a super huge WWE fan from 1999-2011. By super huge I mean, I used to watch every show religiously and know everything about each athlete. I'm familiar with Paige through sporadic watching here and there and seeing her on Total Divas and am certainly not a fan of her or how she carries herself but this film was a fairly fun albeit cliched film.

The film tells the story of Saraya "Paige" Bevis and her background. Her family are all wrestling crazed and put on wrestling shows and train others in Norwich. Paige and her brother get called up for a WWE tryout but only Paige makes the cut. Paige's brother is devastated and Paige must deal with the drastic change in her life and the hard road to living out her dream.

Florence Pugh is already an established talent in my eyes because of her performance in Lady Macbeth. She's really fantastic in this, and disappears into the role of a WWE hopeful. The writing of Merchant and the care with which he gives to the comedy, the drama, and the heart involved in developing the characters is great. Its crazy to think that Merchant did not know a thing about wrestling before taking on the project. Side note: Merchant was in attendance at my screening for a Q and A and gave good insight into the project.

The film can't help feeling cliched. Training montage, sibling rivalry leading to a profound confrontation that resolves the issue, and the underdog overcoming the odds. I find it weird that real life Paige was just given the WWE Divas championship on her WWE debut but whatever. Overall, the film maintains a good balance of comedy and drama and you don't need to know anything about WWE or sports entertainment to enjoy the film. Merchant does a good job.

7/10


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