February 22, 2019

Fighting with my Family is in theaters on February 22nd, 2019.

While many people know the idea behind the WWE and professional wrestling, not much is known in regards to how those stars made it to the ring. It is known that the matches are fixed and that just like any TV show they follow a basic story of good guys and villains, but how does an average person work their way towards being on national television for one of these matches? Fighting With My Family gives a glimpse into what it takes to be one of the top dogs in wrestling and it does so by following the journey of the WWE Diva, Paige.

The movie focuses around a young girl, Saraya Jade-Bevis (stage name Paige) and her brother Zak from Norwich, England. Born into a wrestling family, they both dream of being huge stars in the WWE and finally get a chance to audition. When Paige alone is chosen for a chance at fame, it is a battle she must win for her family, and above all, herself. Surrounded by models and pushed along by motivation from Vince Vaughn, you see Paige's training and how she pushes herself beyond her limits to achieve her dream. The story works to drive home it's main point, that being who you are is your best option in life whether you are a freak or an everyday average Joe.

Now I have a decent amount of knowledge about the world of wrestling and right off the bat I have to say I don't think Paige is as important of a figure as they make her out to be. There were other female wrestlers who had edgy personalities, as well as more successful ones that existed besides Paige. While the film does have some inspirational and comedic moments thanks to the "rough around the edges" nature of Paige and her family, I think the overall film falls short. I felt the pacing was a bit off and the motivation driving Paige to complete her training was middling at best. It's nothing we haven't seen before, and I didn't find any of the performances to be anything special. If you're looking for a simple feel good film with a few laughs and a couple cameos from Dwayne Johnson then you will most likely be mildly entertained by this film.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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