Five Reasons You’ll Love It - February 28, 2019

Fighting With My Family - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

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In her short acting career thus far, 23-year-old Florence Pugh has managed to wow just about everyone she's put in front of. 

She lit up dark drama Lady Macbeth, powered last year's searing John Le Carre adaptation The Little Drummer Girl as well as scene-stealing turn in British oddball mystery The Falling. Now though, she faces a very different challenge, the world of WWE. 

Pugh plays Saraya Beavis, the youngest member of the Beavis family, a family who are all obsessed with wrestling. Herself and her brother Zak are both desperate to join the biggest wrestling stage there is, the WWE, and both are delighted when they are invited for tryouts. 

But, when Saraya, now re-christened Paige for her new career, makes it to the next stage and Zak does not, it threatens to tear apart the family. 

Starring alongside Pugh are Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Dwayne Johnson and Vince Vaughn, with Stephen Merchant writing and directing. 

The film arrives in cinemas this week and will be on DVD later this year, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...


Florence Pugh commands the film superbly...



She can do spy drama, dark mysteries and even Scottish historical epics, but can she do heart, guts and the life of a future WWE star? Turns out, she can, with total and utter aplomb. 


Jack Lowden is on top form too...

Pugh is the star here, but so much of the film's drama comes from Lowden, who delivers a stellar performance as her brother Jack. The chemistry between the pair is top drawer. 


The supporting cast are a delight...

Nick Frost and Lena Headey are both great fun as Beavis' parents and Vince Vaughn does a sterling job as Hutch Morgan, the WWE's kingmaker and coach. 


And there are some excellent cameos...

The Rock shows up once or twice, as you may have seen in the trailer, but there are also plenty of other big names for the WWE fans to look out for. 


The film has real heart and real warmth...

There are a lot of laughs and there's a lot to make you smile as well as some real emotional punch. But the overwhelming feeling here is warmth, warmth for this family and warmth for their unashamed and undiluted love for wrestling. It's completely captivating. 


Fighting With My Family is out now in cinemas and will be released on DVD later this year. 

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