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Review: Fighting with My Family

Florence Pugh (left) stars as Paige and Jack Lowden (right) stars as Zak Knight in FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, directed by Stephen Merchant, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Robert Viglasky / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

 

Fighting with my Family is genuinely so much fun. It follows Saraya Knight A.K.A Paige (Florence Pugh) as she attempts to rise to wrestling fame, with the support of her eccentric family, played by Nick Frost, Lena Headley and Jack Lowden.  

 

Despite this classic and well-trodden storyline of underdog trying to overcome their insecurities to become someone great, I couldn’t help but be ultimately charmed by the film.

The family dynamic is brilliantly nuanced, treading the careful line between comedy and heartbreak. I’m not even a little bit ashamed to say that there were points where I teared up, and I think this was ultimately down to Pugh’s performance. It’s no surprise that she is capable of shining in this film given her exceptional performances in ‘The Falling’ and ‘Lady Macbeth’ but she brings a fresh perspective to a film that otherwise could have just been a simple comedy. Pugh bought something subtler to the role, she grounded the film with a fresh, authentic, raw soul. Along with Lowden, who plays her brother, I felt myself believing every moment. This was made all the more powerful when we’re shown the real family at the end, this happened. This incredible story of small town girl from Norwich to WWE champion is genuinely real.

It’s a deeply inspiring story that manages to achieve something relatively unique. It’s showing us not only how powerful women are, but that we’re not all bitchy girls constantly trying to tear each other down, a trope which we’re shown far too often. Instead, it’s a story of women working together to achieve something great. And despite it being slightly cheesy at times, the emotional grounding from Pugh and Lowden ultimately make it an immensely gratifying watch.