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Official Discussion - Fighting With My Family [SPOILERS]

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Summary:

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 WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star. Based on a true friendship.

Director:

Stephen Merchant

Writers:

screenplay by Stephen Merchant

Cast:

  • Florence Pugh as Saraya "Paige" Bevis

  • Tessa Blanchard as Paige (Wrestling Scenes)

  • Jack Lowden as Zak "Zodiac" Bevis

  • Nick Frost as Patrick "Rowdy Ricky Knight" Bevis

  • Lena Headey as Julia "Sweet Saraya" Bevis

  • Vince Vaughn as Hutch Morgan

  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as himself

  • James Burrows as Roy Knight

  • Zelina Vega as AJ Lee

  • Paul "Big Show" Wight as himself

  • Kim Matula as Jeri-Lynn

  • Aqueela Zoll as Kirsten

  • Ellie Gonsalves as Maddison

  • Stephen Merchant as Hugh

  • Tori Ellen Ross as Young Paige


Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Metacritic: 68/100

After Credits Scene? No


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level 1

Finally got around to watching this in theaters. I thought it was going to be a bad family drama because of the trailer. Was pleasantly surprised that was not the case.

I liked it. Florence Pugh really carried this film, but the whole cast did wonderful. It was surprisingly funny, and I really liked Dwayne Johnson's Vin Diesel jab. The sibling relationship at the heart of this film was adorable.

I do wish it were a little longer, though. It felt rushed towards the end. I’m not a wrestling fan at all, but I’d have liked to see her in the ring a little more. It also had a few on-the-nose monologues and situations that were a little overdone, but that’s typical for these kinds of films. 7/10.

level 1

The acting was good and everyone comitted to their roles. It was pretty generic from a story point of view though. I liked it a bit more than I would've otherwise because I'm a WWE fan.

Definitely could've used a Vince McMahon cameo somewhere, though.

level 2

I really thought that was coming when she got the call up to the office. It was still a good scene though.

level 1

The biggest flaw with the movie, in my opinion, was the quick run-up to WWE champion.

She gets like two appearances in the ring with NXT, one of which she was awful, the other focused on the relationship with the other girls.

Then she's in the ring at RAW and she's completely starstruck, unable to say anything prior to AJ attacking her and I'm supposed to believe that the WWE is going to have faith to crown her the champion?

The movie wasn't that long so they definitely could have spent more time telling her story in the NXT (which was a pretty big deal reading the comments here).

level 2

It also doesn't make any sense. The outcome of the fight is known before it happens. Her being amazed that she won is non-sense.

level 3

I took it as her being nervous that she’d botch the performance, make a mistake, or be shunned by the crowd. The surprise was that she pulled it off.

level 3

This is what I came away from the movie confused about. In the rest of the movie it's no secret that the wrestling is staged, but weirdly that's totally forgotten with the WWE championship match? Especially with the phone call with her brother (I can see why they did it for the plot, but still) before the match and then her surprised reaction.

I almost think I missed something though? Because it just seems like too big/obvious a plot hole.

level 4

As a wrestling fan, I think it made sense. The question in her mind was not could she beat AJ Lee. It was if she would choke and botch the match. Basically, could she hang with the champion and deliver a good promo and match?

There is also the overwhelming feeling of an entire crowd and even the world cheering for you as you are handed the highest honor in the company. Carrying the title means that the company has so much faith in you that they trust you to be the face of the company. Even if you know it is coming, I am guessing that it can be pretty mind-blowing to be awarded something you have dreamed of your whole life.

However, I have to admit I was geeking out at seeing Zelina Vega on the big screen, so I might have missed something.

level 4

I think they probably had a tough time figuring out how to in-movie tell Saraya she’s winning w/on spoiling the match for non fans. Without that though, to me, as a fan, I picked up on the nervousness as a real deal regardless of if she knows she’s gonna win. Same with the phone call to the brother; WWE can book you to the moon, but if the fans aren’t into you that’s really gonna hamper your Reigns.

Edit - also IRL Saraya was super emotional I’m pretty sure winning the title; even if she knew it was coming, the spotlight and moments and fans just easily fuel that as a realistic reaction

level 2

Yeah they really neutered NXT for the sake of the film, but then again at that time it wasn't too mainstream even for WWE fans. She was the NXT Women's Champion when she debuted on Raw and won the Diva's Championship, and while it (and she) was known, I can see them focusing a bit less on it to make the focus of the movie about her getting to the real "mountain top".

level 2

Isn't her winning in her first apperance in the WWE what happened in real life?

level 3

Yes, but from reading here and on Wikipedia she had a storied stay in the NXT that garnered her a lot of fan support and wasn't just some star-struck kid who had only ever performed well on the mic in the gym.

level 4

they probably could have cut those tire flipping scenes for scenes of struggle/personal triumph that would have left room to show her getting a bigger following

level 5

Or just made the movie longer.

Run time was only 1 hour 48 minutes. They could have added on another 15 minutes and it still wouldn't have felt long to me.

level 1

Lena Headey was way too hot to play Paige's mum. That said, she should do more comedy.

Glad the hot women weren't mean girls.

That said, the movie ignored the WWE sexual harassment.

No, it's not a sport. It's entertainment.

level 1
3 points · 15 days ago

Went and saw this for discount day at my theater without any real high expectations. Enjoyed it. Well acted and funny, although pretty generic underdog sports story.

level 2

Did the same, and completely agree. Better than you would expect from the trailer, but nothing too special. Just a fun enjoyable movie.

level 1

Seeing all of the footage of actual WWE events in this movie really makes me want to watch a WrestleMania in a movie theater.

level 2

I have always wondered why theater chains don't work with other companies and acts to stream live events on their big screens.

Would I pay $10-$20 to watch Wrestlemania with a bunch of other fans in a huge auditorium on the bigscreen? Yes, I probably would and I am sure others would as well.

level 3

They do this with boxing. I've seen several high-profile boxing PPVs in movie theaters. Sometimes it can be quite exciting to watch it with a bunch of people in a movie theater.

level 1

I’m glad I watched this movie. Was pleasantly surprised. I only watched it because I saw the rock on the poster and saw 90% on rotten tomatoes. No trailer or anything. I just thought to myself “hmm must be a decent comedy”. Glad I watched it.

level 2

You have to learn to ignore Rotten Tomatoes. The site is terrible. Watch the trailers and make a decision.

level 3

I completely disagree. Trailers are the worst thing to rely on. They're marketing; they're designed to make a movie look awesome regardless of whether it is or not. Certainly, if a trailer is bad, that's a reason to avoid a movie (it shows that no amount of polish can hide the turd), but if it's good, that's not terribly meaningful.

Rotten Tomatoes scores can be a bit more insightful, as they give you an "at a glance" of how much something is liked (and I find the reviewer scores far more useful than the audience scores here, as the audience scores are too easily gamed, especially pre-release), but the best way is to actually read a few reviews by reviewers whose opinion you trust and pay attention to not just whether the reviewer liked the movie or not, but specifically what they liked or disliked about it.

level 4

Nope terrible advice to read a few reviews lol... I can tell if I really care about a movie by seeing the trailer.

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