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Movie review: ‘Fighting With My Family’

Movie about a real life battling bunch of wrestlers scores a TKO

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 2/23/19

If you don’t know who WWE female wrestler Paige is, don’t worry. I didn’t either until I saw this movie based on the rise of Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh) ...

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Movie review: ‘Fighting With My Family’

Movie about a real life battling bunch of wrestlers scores a TKO

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If you don’t know who WWE female wrestler Paige is, don’t worry. I didn’t either until I saw this movie based on the rise of Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh), stage name “Paige,” and her rough and tumble family from Norwich, England.

It turns out this comedy-drama written and directed by Stephen Merchant is based on how Paige was discovered and became a mega star on the World Wrestling Entertainment circuit in 2010, thanks to an idea suggested by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson after seeing a documentary on Knight’s family.

Although the WWE is certainly as American as John Cena’s patriotic salute before entering the ring, the Knight family and the general focus of the story is clearly British. This makes the slang, attitudes and much of the humor a little murky for Americans, but not too much. It's still funny, crass, and yes even a bit poignant as we watch this rags-to-riches, underdog-triumphs-over-snooty-cheerleader types to stand tall in the ring before thousands of cheering fans.

Don't mistake this for the sweet sport. Boxing has strict rules and structure. Pro wrestling, though, is mostly showbiz, yet it's tough and certainly not fake when it comes to in-your-face action. So, for Paige (named after her favorite character on the TV show "Charmed") to accompany her brother for a WWE tryout in her hometown, she seems a little out of her league. But, she has heart, and that’s what counts in this movie.

Although rooted in reality, the script is pure predictability. That's not too bad, especially since this movie was made for fans who’d want it. They know the story, admire Paige, and what happened to curb her career a couple of years ago. Merchant, who also has a small role as an in-law, adopts an easy pace designed to give fans what they want: a chance to cheer and maybe even shed a tear or two.

Tempo grade: C+

“Fighting With My Family” is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

Also showing in Taos

Capernaum

MPAA rating: R for language and some drug material.

Taos Community Auditorium

Capernaüm ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets Jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.

“Capernaum” was directed and co-written by Nadine Labaki and is screened in Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles. It was selected as the Lebanese entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

This film will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24) and at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday (Feb. 25-March 2) at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

MPAA rating: PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres

From director and co-writer Dean DeBlois comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown, and how nothing can ever train you to let go.

What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film.

Now chief and ruler of Berk, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), along with Astrid (America Ferrera) has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth.

As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

Additional voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, and Kristen Wiig.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

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