Fighting with My Family (2019)
January 11, 2020 12:01 PM - Subscribe

Fighting With My Family is currently streaming via DirecTV and Epix in the US.
posted by Etrigan at 2:35 PM on January 11, 2020

We watched this over Crimbo, and it was perfect viewing for when you're pickled on Prosecco and too much cheese. The cast is clearly having a ball - especially Headey. DTRJ's appearance is dead fun although the cost of getting him on set may've eaten into their wig budget, which appears to have been two pounds fifty pence.
posted by Gin and Broadband at 3:20 PM on January 11, 2020

Dwayne Johnson helped produce the film so I doubt they had to pay him much extra to appear on screen.
posted by acidnova at 3:36 PM on January 11, 2020

Just finished watching it now. I'd been wanting to watch it for ages now and Fanfare prompted me to do it. Really fun to watch. I'll probably check out the original documentary that inspired the making of this movie at some point. Really enjoyed it and thought it was really fun. Florence Pugh is someone who I'd never even heard of before 2019 and her performances in this, Midsommar, and Little Women have definitely made me a new fan. I can't wait to see what she does in the future.

As with any biopic of someone who is famous and whose image is well-known, it's a bit weird as Pugh doesn't really look that much like Paige/Saraya but she does capture the spirit enough that I can enjoy the movie. I don't mind that they trimmed down the climactic match for the movie but they weirdly didn't give Paige or AJ Lee the same clothes as in the original match.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I appreciate the detail put into the movie to make it more realistic to that actual business. It's also delightful to see the cameos of other wrestlers, not just the Rock, but Big Show, Sheamus, and the Miz all appeared briefly. On a side note: boy, I don't miss the Divas Championship and that horrible butterfly belt. So glad that they did away with it years ago nd brought back the Women's Championship.

Did any other wrestling fans hear Michael Cole's voice in their heads go, "some say Paige started the Women's Revolution" during the end credits bit?
posted by acidnova at 8:24 PM on January 11, 2020

I watched this at the cinema, on impulse, and I really liked it. What caught my imagination is realising this was probably part of a long game to launch Paige as a cross-industry talent or at least play into her WWE career, but unfortunately real life got in the way, though she seems to be flourishing as a manager at the moment. (I say this because a lot of the WWE narrative was clearly cleaned up). But you know, kudos for The Rock for taking the chance on her. I missed the Paige years, but it read to me the docu went a lot way in contributing to him supporting her in-ring storyline to take the belt.
posted by cendawanita at 10:58 PM on January 11, 2020

We are not wrestling fans but my wife and I watched this movie and loved it.
posted by seasparrow at 4:45 PM on January 12, 2020

Florence Pugh is someone who I'd never even heard of before 2019 and her performances in this, Midsommar, and Little Women have definitely made me a new fan.

I first saw her in Park Chan-wook's 2018 version of The Little Drummer Girl for the BBC, where she was fantastic - definitely track it down if you like her work.
posted by rory at 6:47 AM on January 13, 2020

Looks like this will be available in the US on Amazon Prime and Hulu January 30th.
posted by acidnova at 8:02 PM on January 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

Thanks acidnova, hope some more people can enjoy this!
posted by ellieBOA at 9:51 PM on January 16, 2020

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