FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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The posters for Fighting with My Family — with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson standing there looking grim, next to a gothy teenaged girl — instantly turned me off. I thought: Ugh, a dumb movie about a dad who doesn’t get along with his daughter until everyone learns a touching lesson, very likely somehow via grossout “humor,” and oh look there’s Nick Frost hovering in the background, probably the doofus uncle whom everyone has to tolerate because, you know, fambly. No, thank you.

Except Fighting with My Family is not that movie.

But wait! If someone had corrected my misapprehensions about this movie by informing me that, no, this is about professional wrestling — as in violent soap operas in the ring, with villains and heroes who body slam one another and throw chairs and rapid-fire insults around… Well, I’d have run away screaming even faster than my misapprehensions were inspiring me to do. Continue reading…

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).