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Fight Club (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Solid acting, amazing direction, and elaborate production design make Fight Club a wild ride.

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In this darkly comic drama, Edward Norton stars as a depressed young man (named in the credits only as "Narrator") who has become a small cog in the world of big business. He doesn't like his work and gets no sense of reward from it, attempting instead to drown his sorrows by putting together the "perfect" apartment. He can't sleep and feels alienated from the world at large; he's become so desperate to relate to others that he's taken to visiting support groups for patients with terminal diseases so that he'll have people to talk to. One day on a business flight, he discovers Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charming iconoclast who sells soap. Tyler doesn't put much stock in the materialistic world, and he believes that one can learn a great deal through pain, misfortune, and chaos. Tyler cheerfully challenges his new friend to a fight. Our Narrator finds that bare-knuckle brawling makes him feel more alive than he has in years, and soon the two become friends and roommates, meeting informally to fight once a week. As more men join in, the "fight club" becomes an underground sensation, even though it's a closely guarded secret among the participants. (First rule: Don't talk about fight club. Second rule: Don't talk about fight club.) But as our Narrator and Tyler bond through violence, a strange situation becomes more complicated when Tyler becomes involved with Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), whom our Narrator became infatuated with when they were both crashing the support-group circuit. Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club was directed by David Fincher, who previously directed Pitt in the thriller Seven. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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R (for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior, sexuality and language)
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Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Brad Pitt
as Tyler
Edward Norton
as Narrator
Meat Loaf
as Robert
Jared Leto
as Angel Face
Eion Bailey
as Ricky
David Andrews
as Thomas
George Maguire (II)
as Testicular Cancer Support Group Leader
Eugenie Bondurant
as Weeping Woman
Christina Cabot
as Leader Partners in Positivity
Sydney 'Big Dawg' Colston
as Speaker, Free and Clear
Christie Cronenweth
as Airline Check-in Attendant
Tim De Zarn
as Federated Motor Co. Inspector Bird
Ezra Buzzington
as Technician No. 2
Dierdre Downing Jackson
as Business Woman on Plane
Bob Stephenson
as Airport Security Officer
Charlie Dell
as Doorman at Pearson Towers
Rob Lanza
as Man in Suit
Van Quattro
as Detective Andrew
Markus Redmond
as Detective Kevin
Michael Girardin
as Detective Walker
Carl N. Ciarfalio
as Lou's Body Guard
Matt Winston
as Seminary Student
Joon B. Kim
as Raymond K. Hessel
Pat McNamara
as Commissioner Jacobs
Holt McCallany
as The Mechanic
Joel Bissonnette
as Food Court Matire d'
Evan Mirand
as `Steph'
Robby Robinson
as Next Month's Opponent
Lou Beatty Jr.
as Cop at Marla's Building
Thom Gossom Jr.
as Detective Stern
Valerie Bickford
as Cosmetics Buyer
Stuart Blumberg
as Car Salesman
Todd Peirce
as First Man at Auto Shop
Mark Fite
as Second Man at Auto Shop
Bennie E. Moore
as Bus Driver with Broken Nose
W. Lauren Sanchez
as Channel 4 Reporter
Tyrone R. Livingston
as Banquet Speaker
Owen Masterson
as Airport Valet
David Jean Thomas
as Policeman
Paul Carafotes
as Salvator/Winking Bartender
Christopher John Fields
as Proprietor of Dry Cleaners
Anderson Bourell
as Bruised Bar Patron No. 1
Scotch Ellis Loring
as Bruised Bar Patron No. 2
Michael Shamus Wiles
as Bartender in Halo
Andi Carnick
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Edward Kowalczyk
as Waiter at Clifton's
Leonard Termo
as Desk Sergeant
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All Critics (162) | Top Critics (34)

Oh, for the time when men were men and were encouraged to beat the tar out of one another. That's the world "Fight Club" pines for.

Full Review… | October 15, 2015
New York Daily News
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It is working American Beauty-Susan Faludi territory, that illiberal, impious, inarticulate fringe that threatens the smug American center with an anger that cannot explain itself, can act out its frustrations only in inexplicable violence.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
TIME Magazine
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Blistering, hallucinatory, often brilliant, the film by David Fincher is a combination punch of social satire and sociopathology.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Fight Club is an arresting, eventually appalling excursion into social satire by way of punishing violence.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
Wall Street Journal
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We're meant to take the male bonding and the blood rituals as a protest against the sterility of corporate life and modern design, but Fincher's sadomasochistic kicks overwhelm any possible social critique.

April 22, 2013
New Yorker
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This is American self-absorption at its finest.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Fight Club represents the desperate cry of the consumerist modern man for something to put out the anxiety and conformism of his life - which takes shape in a brutal, over-violent anarchy of religious echoes. A dangerous movie for the mainstream audience, who will perhaps misunderstand its brilliant, powerful statement.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

David Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's acclaimed novel is dark, unorthordox and sickly in many ways. Fight Club presents a superb case of strong performances from Norton, Pitt & Bonham Carter along with an intricate presentation, making this a cult film that resonates in today's age of film-making. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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