Fighting With My Family
Fact-based story of female professional wrestler, Paige, and how she grew up in a loving yet dysfunctional wrestling family (her family in Norwich, England owns a professional wresting organization called World Association of Wrestling). Through hard work, natural talent, charisma, a stroke of luck, and just being herself, Paige made it through a rigorous tryout to be in World Wrestling Entertainment’s developmental program (NXT); however; her brother who also tried out didn’t make the cut, causing some friction between the two. Eventually she moved up to the main roster to WWE’s flagship program, Monday Night RAW, becoming the company’s youngest ever Diva’s (now Women’s) Champion (and helping kickstart the “Women’s Revolution” in sports entertainment, giving women performers more airtime to showcase their actual wrestling skills and in-ring work – Paige was a game-changer). Written and directed by the talented Stephen Merchant (The Office), the movie is real, very witty, and develops all the characters richly and as quickly as possible without insulting the audience’s intelligence. Its excellent casting includes great performances from Florence Pugh (as Paige), Jack Lowden (Dunkirk), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), and even The Rock, who does a funny job playing himself. But Vince Vaughn steals the show as the wisecracking/hard-ass wrestling coach. Even if you’re not a fan of wrestling, this one is just a good story with lots of laughs.