Fighting With My Family

Published June 27, 2019

Fighting With My Family

Film info

  • Title Fighting With My Family
  • Director Stephen Merchant
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hrs 48m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline A comedy about a family that fights a little differently

Based on a true story, Fighting With My Family follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs at a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test. Fighting With My Family is a heartwarming and smart comedy that proves everything is worth fighting for when it comes to family.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:49 What are these tiny wrestling matches with no audiences?
5:54 “It’s the mustard capital of England.”
9:29 Small child with a mohican is fun.
11:52 The bowling ball seems entirely unnecessary.
19:43 They’re a nice brother and sister. So unusual.
24:37 “Don’t worry about being the next me, be the first you.”
36:33 Oof, the departure gate is hard.
40:56 Loving the training montages.
44:23 What is up with the drawing pins? Wrestling is evil!
55:33 Ooh, that’s like Doctor Who’s Turn Left. Which way to go, to my wrestling friends or to anger.
1:04:20 Christmassacre.
1:09:45 “Yea, life of a wrestler, get a cat.”
1:14:40 “Just cos millions of people aren’t cheering when you do it, doesn’t mean it’s not important.”
1:24:35 Wait, you can’t talk about the Rock/Diesel beef out loud!
1:32:52 Norwich has some really weird sayings.
1:43:28 Not a lot clearer on wrestling though, I must say. Impressive, but confusing.


Good film, this one. I was expecting good things, what with the Rock teaming up with Stephen Merchant but it delivered. I had heard them discussing it on various promotional opportunities and they often said that you didn’t need to know anything about wrestling to enjoy the film, which I think is true and I was grateful for.

Unfortunately, I was just like the mother-in-law, in which the only thing I knew about wrestling was that it was fake (fixed, not fake!). I know a bit more now but I can’t say that it really makes a lot of sense. I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal that she was the youngest ever winner of the diva’s championship if it was pre-determined that she would do that.

But apart from that, I really enjoyed the film. It’s a good story, and although it’s a well-trodden dramatic path, there were still some surprises along the way. Florence was really good but the whole family seemed like a real, messy, lovable but rough unit, one that you wouldn’t mess with but wanted to find out more about.

I also really liked Vince Vaughn in this. I like him, I think, but I haven’t always enjoyed the movies he’s been in previously. This one worked very well, the harsh but fair, doing it for your own good, wants the best but isn’t afraid to shout at you, coach.

It was the perfect film for what we needed to, a comedy-drama that was entertaining but not too anything: not too funny, not too emotional, not too draining. Just good, solid, family fun. (As in, they’re a family, don’t necessarily show it to your kids.)

Rating: 4 / 5

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