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Fighting with My Family (12A)

Sport, Drama, Comedy

Sports comedy drama in which a young woman follows her dream of becoming a professional wrestler.

The critical consensus

Crude and sexist dramedy, inspired by the story of a real female wrestler.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 21/02/2019

Stephen Merchant's wrestling comedy Fighting With My Family sticks close to the underdog formula, but it's a formula that works well.

***(*)(*)Lana Murray, The Skinny, 25/02/2019

Packed with plenty of heart and relatability — and a powerhouse performance from Jack Lowden — it never fully resolves the tension between the grit and glamour of the wrestling worlds the Knight family inhabit.

***(*)(*)Terri White, Empire Online, 26/02/2019

Directed by Stephen Merchant and featuring a cameo from the Rock, the true story of British-born WWE wrestler Paige never gets to grips with its subject.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 27/02/2019

Stephen Merchant’s comedy-drama about a wrestling family from Norwich is rousing and unexpectedly charming.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 01/03/2019

The writer-director’s story of a British female wrestler striving to make it big in the US winningly balances oddball humour with affection for the antics of the WWE.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 03/03/2019

Features about Fighting with My Family (12A)

Spandex snobbery smackdowns: why the liberal elite snubs wrestling

Stephen Merchant, The Guardian, 01/03/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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