Jack Lowden

15 Feb 19
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Can you smeeelll what the Stephen Merchant is cooking? Yes, while “Fighting with My Family” boasts a guru-presence cameo by Dwayne Johnson, a whole lot of funny talent performing athletic slapstick, and even some laugh-out-loud shade at Vin Diesel, the key to WWE Studios’ best film yet is the co-creator behind shows like “Hello Ladies” […]

15 Feb 19
Keely's Korner

FIRST LOOK http://www.eonline.com/news ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 2/15/19) AT&T AUDIENCE NETWORK: Beacons of Hope (Premiere) at 8pm FOX: Proven Innocent (Premiere) at 9pm WE TV: Extreme Love (Finale) at 10pm (SATURDAY 2/16/19) NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Don Cheadle, Musical Guest: Gary Clark Jr. at 11:30pm BBCA, IFC & SUNDANCE: Planet Earth: Dynasties (Finale) at 9pm (SUNDAY […]

15 Feb 19
All My Life... I Wanted To Be A Blogster

WWE Studios hope to get fans out of the arena and into the multiplexes next weekend with the release of Fighting with My Family. The comedic drama is a biopic of female English wrestler Paige and her quirky brood. She’s played by Florence Pugh. Stephen Merchant (best known for his acting and collaborations with Ricky Gervais) […]

15 Feb 19
Us Weekly
3 stars (out of 4) Can you smell what the rock is cooking?! Doesn’t matter if the answer is ‘no.’ Fighting with My Family — a recent Sundance Film Festival gem that starts with a vintage WWE clip of Dwayne Johnson bellowing his catchphrase circa 2000 — is as much about wrestling as Bird Box is about birds. Both an offbeat comedy and classically rousing underdog tale of an aspiring ring champion, this indie film’s heart somehow exceeds the size of Johnson’s bulging biceps. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/19-movies-to-check-out-in-2019-cats-lion-king-and-more/” title=”19 Movies to Check Out in 2019″ target=”” inset=”true”] It shouldn’t surprise you in the least to learn that this is based on a true story. The refreshing change in Fighting with My Family is that our fighting hero is a female. A British female. A working-class British female. A working-class British female with goth-like looks who has the strength of a body-builder. Crazy thing is, Saraya-Jade Bevis (Florence Pugh) was told she was going to live and breathe the sport. Her fanatical parents (Nick Frost, Lena Headey) run a local wrestling association. Her brothers wrestle and loved to watch it on TV. So even though Suraya would have preferred watching Charmed, she was indoctrinated into the family business at a young age. But the least-invested member of the Bevis turns out to be the star. At age 18, Saraya — now re-branded as “Paige” after the Rose McGowan character in Charmed, obvi — is the only person in her local audition group to go to Orlando to train and try out for a spot on the WWE roster. She even beats out her brother, Zack (Jack Lowden), who desperately seeks out a gig on the WWE circuit as his Plan A, B and C. With mixed feelings about leaving behind her supportive sibling, Paige uproots to the palm trees. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-body/pictures/the-best-celeb-six-pack-abs-stars-share-diet-and-fitness-tips/” title=”The Best Celeb Six-Pack Abs” target=”” inset=”true”] The adjustment in Orlando is a difficult one. Paige’s style doesn’t mix well with her tan, bottle-blonde, long-legged peers. And those are just the other females. Nothing she says or does impresses her trainer-coach (Vince Vaughn), a man who will cut you to pieces with his droll insults before he cuts you from the tour itself. (Though I didn’t buy Vaughn as a sad-sack former journeyman on the WWE circuit, he’s in his 2005-era wheelhouse dishing out the verbal slams.) Lonely and homesick and unable to summon her inner-and-outer-strength, Paige deeply contemplates quitting so she can go back to her family. But if you think failure is an option, then you’ve never seen a sports movie. Writer-director Stephen Merchant, who created the original BBC The Office with Ricky Gervais, adheres rather closely to the rise-against-the-obstacles genre playbook. As low as Paige gets emotionally, we know that her pain is just a temporary setback until the pride kicks in. And pride, of course, is forever. And while I admit I’m unfamiliar with Paige’s history, surely her journey from England to the top was not as tidy as it’s presented here. In Fighting with My Family, she’s literally an overnight sensation! We must also address the matter of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Early on, Headey tersely notes that the wrestling matches are fixed but not fake. We see the proof in the rigorous training montages in which the athletes are asked to do everything short of climb the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. But then Merchant conveniently forgets this fact during the Paige’s climactic 2014 battle with AJ Lee for the Divas Champion title on WWE Raw that we’re asked to consider as legit. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/90s-stars-then-and-now-w432968/” title=”’90s Stars Then and Now” target=”” inset=”true”] What prevents Fighting with My Family from being one big overblown cliché are the fantastically grounded performances. Pugh (The Outlaw King, Lady Macbeth) is a spitfire in a breakout role, to the point where I’m convinced she could take down Johnson himself under the right circumstances. Johnson, who co-produced and cameos as himself, shakes things up each time he walks into a scene. I was most impressed by Lowden (Dunkirk), who refuses to quietly go from disappointed competition into big-brother cheerleader. And we’ll be darned if Paige’s triumph isn’t authentically effective. So what that the matches are staged and the wrestlers play to the crowd with more fierceness than they play to each other. A true outsider and self-described “freak” that worked hard to earn her way into the big ring is worth rooting for. Fighting with my Family is now in theaters.
14 Feb 19
Ashbroyale

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY | Nick Frost & Jack Lowden talk about the movie – Official Interview Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN4YyFXmiKc Fighting with My Family – Nick Frost & Jack Lowden Interview Subscribe and click the notification bell HERE: http://bit.ly/SUBExtra Check out our new “Chill Out/Relax” Music Channel: http://bit.ly/BestRelaxingMusic #FightingWithMyFamily #NickFrost #JackLowden. A former wrestler and […]

14 Feb 19
Sentinel Colorado

Patrick “Rowdy Ricky Knight” Bevis (Nick Frost) and Julia “Sweet Saraya” Bevis (Lena Headey) are your average parents, raising a couple of tykes in Norwich, England, to stand up for themselves, work together, and, you know, maintain a firm choke hold. Collectively they worship at the altar of “Macho Man” Randy Savage; they believe in body slams the way other families preach a heathy breakfast.

14 Feb 19
GeekandGear.com

[embedded content] FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is the incredible true story of former professional wrestler Saraya-Jade Bevis, better known as Paige, who made the stunning leap from wrestling with her family in the small city of Norwich, England to WWE Diva Champion. With help from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who plays himself in the film), […]

14 Feb 19
Whats After The Credits? | The Definitive After Credits Film Catalog Service

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 WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

14 Feb 19
Deadly Movies and TV

A massive start to 2019 for me, strap yourselves in!

13 Feb 19
Jmunney's Blog

Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Dwayne Johnson Director: Stephen Merchant Running Time: 108 Minutes Rating: PG-13 for The Bodily Sacrifices of Wrestling, Crude Comments, and Drunken Misbehavior Release Date: February 14, 2019 (Limited)/Expands Nationwide February 22, 2019 Most inspirational sports flicks follow the same rise-fall-rise structure, down to every […]

12 Feb 19
GeekandGear.com

Even the most eccentric passions of working-class England — long a favored reservoir of feel-good underdog tales — have seldom featured as much spandex as “Fighting With My Family.” Patrick “Rowdy Ricky Knight” Bevis (Nick Frost) and Julia “Sweet Saraya” Bevis (Lena Headey) are your average parents, raising a couple of tykes in Norwich, England, […]