Fighting with My Family (2019)

Fighting with My Family (2019)

A refreshing look at pro wrestling through teen comedy drama tropes

7.5

Movie

United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Comedy
2019
STEPHEN MERCHANT
Adam Maxted, Aqueela Zoll, Ashley Darkwood
108 min

TLDR

There is no way young Saraya dreamed of one day holding that horrid butterfly belt.

What it's about

Two siblings from a pro wrestling family finally get a chance to tryout for WWE, but only one makes it through.

The take

Fighting with My Family manages to pull off a respectable pro wrestling movie with a lighthearted teen drama slant — a nice change of pace and a victory in itself. Saraya (Florence Pugh) and her family paint the movie with dorky crass jokes, but the film doesn’t seem to tread that line masterfully enough to where we look past her family’s obnoxiousness and find it purely charming instead. But there is more to like here than not: Vince Vaughn as levelheaded NXT coach Hutch Morgan, Dwayne Johnson as himself, and even the blonde girls posse were a little more than just clichés and added a sense of maturity to the portrayal of modern WWE.

What stands out

The Jeri-Lynn girl is hilarious. Also, why does her full name have a hyphen?

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