Fighting With My Family

Director: Stephen Merchant
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 1.0

Saraya (Florence Pugh), who grew up in a "wrestling family" (with Nick Frost and Lena Headey as her parents and Jack Lowden as her brother) in Norwich, England, has the chance of a lifetime when she's recruited to be the next female star of Vince McMahon's WWE ... and gets a little help from The Rock (as himself) and tough love from Coach Hutch (Vince Vaughn).  It's based on a true story, but an odd choice for Merchant to direct (sans Ricky) - his gift is in dead-pan/black comedy, but this is plotted like a Disney Channel movie: she goes to 'training camp,' clashes with her other female competitors, gets ridiculed, goes back home, fights with her brother (who also wanted to be in the WWE), goes back to the States, succeeds.  It's all about Finding Yourself and Never Giving Up on Your Dream and Financially Helping Your Folks, etc. (but overlooks the real Paige's personal issues).  Ms. Pugh, once again, proves she can do anything (light comedy, horror, costume drama) ... but this wastes her talents.