Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Fighting With My Family follows the standard format of the sports movie almost to the letter. You’ve seen it in Rocky, The Karate Kid and hell even Cool Runnings. Underdog get’s their shot at the big time, wobbles, comes through it and ends up beating the odds. What makes Fighting With My Family stand out from the more run of the mill offerings is the heart on show. The pitch perfect cast really deliver (yes this is the rare good Vince Vaughn performance), especially Florence Pugh who totally convinces as soon to be WWE wrestler Paige (no spoilers – this is based on a true story) and it’s good to see The Rock as, well, The Rock. Reminded me of my youth. The ending almost brought a tear to my eye and whilst the film probably does focus a bit too much on the wrestling side (which could put people off) this is a cracking film and well worth a watch.
Best Bit: Raw debut
Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema
If You Liked this Try: No Holds Barred, Beyond The Mat, The Wrestler
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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…