The hilarious – and rather moving – true life movie Fighting With My Family follows 18 year old Saraya Knight as she leaves her wrestling family at home in Norwich to travel to Florida and train with the WWE. Renamed Paige, she’s one of the few women trainees who can actually wrestle, yet finds herself a fish out of water among the tall glamazons brought in from cheerleading and modelling backgrounds.
The movie is directed by The Office‘s Stephen Merchant and stars Florence Pugh as Paige, Lena Headed as her mum Julia, Nick Frost as her dad Ricky, and Jack Lowden as her brother Jack – who finds his dreams crashing just as she gets the chance to soar. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who also produced, appears as himself.
Check out interviews with the cast, director and the real life Paige, plus film clips and photos. (And read my 4-star review or watch my video review.)
Lena Headey and Florence Pugh talk Fighting With My Family:
The real Paige on having her wrestling story made into a movie:
Stephen Merchant directed and wrote the script – and cameos as Hugh, the straightlaced father of Zak’s girlfriend Courtney:
An underdog story:
Film clip: Saraya and Zak first meet The Rock, and it turns out he’s quite shouty:
Film clip: the dinner party, when the Knight family meet the parents of Zak’s girlfriend Courtney:
Film clip: “Sorry, what is the WWE?” asks Courtney’s mum Daphne: