Fighting with My Family

Theatrical Release: February 22, 2019
Fighting with My Family


The Dove Take

Although it is rough on the action and language, Fighting with My Family is rich in heart and great entertainment for mature audiences.

Dove Review

The Synopsis:

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

The Review:

For a film looking inside the WWE and heavyweight wrestling competition, the body-slamming and super-macho talk, Fighting with My Family is surprisingly nimble on its feet. Here is a film with a hard exterior —a bit like the Knight family, the film’s subject—in that it would seem a good deal of audiences may not know or truly understand professional wrestling and might be warded off by its theatrics. Gradually the film digs, not towards the muscle but to the heart. British humorist Stephen Merchant, the director, finds a strange, funny, and authentic community in the rituals of wrestling and those in family as well.

Instead of something bulky and broad, Merchant’s film is oddly sneaky and cleverly paced. Sometimes it feels like watching a Mike Leigh film, observing the every day of working-class British families along with their hopes and routines. The Knight family members have been loyal followers and practitioners of the sport but as the dreams of the youngest kids (Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden) are faced with the opportunity into WWE, dysfunction interrupts the connectivity and flow of their community.

Speaking of which, community plays an essential role in the picture, making it one of the greatest reasons for the film’s big heart. To some, it may be an odd sport with an odd following, but the film truly illuminates how we are able to bond over anything, especially when, ultimately, we are finding belonging and support from other people.

Unfortunately, Dove audiences likely will have issues with the language used and the rough action, and with such concerns, the movie does not earn Dove approval.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Importance of community visible throughout; positive image of a female protagonist
Sex: An unmarried couple is expecting a child (no onscreen sexual content); sexually explicit language
Language: Lots of U.K. slang; "Sh**"; "Crap"; "A**"; slang for male genitals
Violence: Rough wrestling-related action; some fighting at a bar involving hitting, use of a broken billiard stick, and throwing a pool ball
Drugs: References to past drink/drug use; a scene at a bar; teen is caught dealing drugs
Nudity: Skimpy/near-revealing costumes
Other: None


Company: MGM/UA
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 108 min.
Reviewer: Rory P.