You may have disregarded Fighting with My Family because it’s a WWE Studios film, which I can’t blame you for considering that studios’ track record, but in all honesty this biopic on Paige is much more than wrasslin fare. It’s a heartwarming, humorous tale about a young woman’s rise to stardom, but more importantly, it features a great story on the importance of family, and those we deem closest to us.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted form.
“Hey now wrassling fans, Matt Heywood here from EntertainmentBuddha.com to review Fighting With My Family, or what I like to call the first truly good movie from WWE Studios.
Whether you like sports entertainment or not, Fighting With My Family is a worthwhile movie thanks to its focus on family, and the real life emotions we all encounter with those closet to us. It’s this part of Paige’ story, and not so much the WWE aspect, that makes this film standout among the turds WWE Studios has put out.
Now don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of WWE fan service, so if you are a superfan, you’ll most definitely appreciate this film even more, but the point I want to drive home is that this is a solid flick whether you like what the WWE offers or not.
The emotional side of this movie is what makes it stick with you after leaving the theater. I really loved how the supporting cast brought paige’s family to life. Nick Frost and Lena Headey in particular stand out as her mother and father, as both bring plenty of humor to their roles, but also a strange kind of love that only a wrestling family could offer.
I also really enjoyed the side story of Paige’s brother and how he coped with her fame over his disappointment. It just added more heart to an already heartwarming tale, and confirmed that while Paige’s family is whacky, they’ve got their heads in the right place most of the time.
Honestly, I’d say the biggest issues with this film are probably two of its biggest stars. I found the Rock’s scenes to feel unauthentic and almost as if he demanded some screen time for producing the film. I love the guy, but his scenes felt more like Rock cameos, than him playing himself, which is weird to even say. Vince Vaughn, while entertaining, also just didn’t feel right for the role he played.
Fighting With My Family is just a good film. It’s funny, it’s emotional, and most importantly, it’s entertaining. You don’t need to be a wrestling fan to appreciate it, but if you are you’ll enjoy it even more thanks to the behind the scenes journey it provides for a burgeoning WWE star.
It earns an 8 out of 10 review score from Team EB. It’s worth checking out before we move into the Spring release dump of MCU awesomeness, so while there aren’t many must-see flicks in theaters, Fighting With My Family is a solid use of your time.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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