Fighting With My Family

Fighting with My Family is a 2019 biographical sports comedy film based on the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, depicting the WWE career of professional wrestler Paige. It stars Florence Pugh as Paige, along with Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey and Vince Vaughn, and is written and directed by Stephen Merchant. Dwayne Johnson executively produces and also appears in the film. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival on 28 January 2019, was released on 14 February 2019 in the United States.

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Fighting with My Family
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Directed byStephen Merchant
Produced by
Written byStephen Merchant
Based onThe Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family
Starring
Music byVik Sharma
CinematographyRemi Adefarasin
Edited byNancy Richardson
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • 28 January 2019 (2019-01-28) (Sundance)
  • 14 February 2019 (2019-02-14) (United States)
  • 27 February 2019 (2019-02-27) (United Kingdom)
Running time
108 minutes
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$11 million[1]
Box office$7.7 million[2]

Fighting with My Family is a 2019 biographical sports comedy film based on the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, depicting the WWE career of professional wrestler Paige. It stars Florence Pugh as Paige, along with Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey and Vince Vaughn, and is written and directed by Stephen Merchant. Dwayne Johnson executively produces and also appears in the film. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival on 28 January 2019, was released on 14 February 2019 in the United States.

Premise

The film follows the journey of professional wrestler Saraya "Paige" Bevis, from growing up in a household of professional wrestlers to winning the WWE Divas Championship in 2014.[3] The film also features the conflict between Saraya and her brother, Zak, as the two both compete in try-outs for WWE; however only Saraya is signed.

Cast

WWE superstars Big Show, John Cena and Sheamus make appearances as themselves.

Production

On 7 February 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Dwayne Johnson and Stephen Merchant had teamed with WWE Studios and Film4 to produce a film based on the life of Saraya "Paige" Bevis, a professional wrestler with WWE.[4] Merchant was to write and direct the film, while Johnson was to cameo in the film and executive produce. In the days after the announcement, the main cast was revealed: Florence Pugh as Saraya,[5] Jack Lowden as Saraya's brother Zak, and Lena Headey and Nick Frost as their parents.[3] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the distribution rights on February 10 for US$17.5 million.[6] On 14 February, Johnson announced that Vince Vaughn had been cast and that filming would commence the following day.[7][8] In-ring scenes were filmed after WWE Raw on 20 February at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[9][10] Filming also took place around Norwich, England, with locations around the city used in the film.[11]

Release

Fighting with My Family premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2019. It was released in the United States on February 14, 2019 in select theatres. A wide release is scheduled to release on February 22, 2019, and on February 27, 2019 in the United Kingdom.[12][13]

Reception

Box office

In its limited opening weekend, Fighting with My Family made $138,780 from four theaters, and a total of $196,841 over the four-day President's Day weekend.[14] In its wide release weekend, the film was released alongside How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and is projected to gross $8–10 million from 2,500 theaters.[15] It then made $2.6 million on its first day, including $450,000 from Thursday night.[16]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 102 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Much like the sport it celebrates, Fighting with My Family muscles past clichés with a potent blend of energy and committed acting that should leave audiences cheering."[17] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it 4 out of 5 stars and a 57% "definite recommend".[16]

Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com opined in a three-out-of-four star review: "Even though Fighting with My Family is undoubtedly about branding the WWE as a fantasy factory, its biggest strengths are its wit and surprisingly big heart."[19]

References

  1. Keegan, Rebecca (February 4, 2019). ""We Wanted a Studio to Buy Into It, And No One Did": Why Dwayne Johnson Went Indie for His New Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  2. "Fighting with My Family (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. 1 2 Fleming Jr., Mike (February 9, 2017). "Lena Headey & Nick Frost Join Dwayne Johnson In 'Fighting With My Family'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 15, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  4. Ford, Rebecca; Ritman, Alex (February 7, 2017). "Dwayne Johnson Gets in the Ring for 'Fighting With My Family' Wrestling Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 16, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  5. Shoard, Catherine (February 8, 2017). "Stephen Merchant to direct Dwayne Johnson in female wrestling drama". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  6. Lodderhose, Diana; Fleming Jr., Mike (February 11, 2017). "MGM Headlocks World Rights To 'Fighting With My Family' In $17.5M Deal: Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  7. Kroll, Justin (February 14, 2017). "Vince Vaughn Joins Dwayne Johnson's 'Fighting With My Family'". Variety. Archived from the original on January 18, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  8. Makuch, Eddie (February 15, 2017). "The Rock's WWE Paige Biopic Adds A Big-Name Actor". GameSpot. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  9. Meltzer, Dave (February 20, 2017). "The Rock at Raw for filming of 'Fighting with my Family'". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  10. Goldman, Eric (February 21, 2017). "The Rock evokes CM Punk and AJ Lee in a big way for crowd at WWE show". IGN. Archived from the original on February 22, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  11. Pochin, Courtney (April 4, 2017). "Filming for The Rock's Fighting With My Family to finish in Great Yarmouth". Great Yarmouth Mercury. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  12. D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 11, 2019). "Dwayne Johnson & Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks/MGM Pic 'Fighting With My Family' Making World Premiere At Sundance As Surprise Screening". Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  13. McNary, Dave (April 27, 2018). "Dwayne Johnson's Wrestling Drama 'Fighting With My Family' Moved Back to 2019". Variety. Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  14. D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 17, 2019). "'Alita' Battles Her Way To $41M+ 5-Day, But Remains Far From Heaven At The B.O." Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  15. D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 20, 2019). "'How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' Is Already Winning At The B.O. With $175M Abroad Prior To $40M+ U.S. Start". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  16. 1 2 D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 22, 2018). "'How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' Fires Up $3M On Thursday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  17. "Fighting with My Family (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  18. "Fighting with My Family reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  19. Allen, Nick. "Fighting with My Family Movie Review (2019)". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
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