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'Fighting With My Family'
(PG-13 / 1hr 48 mins)

Overview: Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE.

But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone.

Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

Verdict: Bevis siblings Paige (Florence Pugh) and Zak (Jack Lowden) have been raised for a life of exhibition wrestling by their obsessive parents (Lena Headey and Nick Frost).

Their local shows are put on hold however when the WWE stages auditions. A chance at the big time has arrived, but like all such tales, a toll may be taken on the things that matter most.

There's very little else you need to know about this true-life saga other than it features Dwayne Johnson (producing and cameoing).

In fact, it was the muscular US star who came to writer-director Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras) after seeing a documentary about the Bevis family.

Like a body-slamming Full Monty or The Simpsons in leotards, this jewel finds a rare balance between the silliness of the "sport" (and the characters it attracts), a feel-good underdog yarn and some big-hearted sentiment.

A particularly British adolescence (Iron Maiden, black T-shirts, bad hair, etc) provides a tone and feel that are the icing on the cake.





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