Fist Fight (2017)
Critic Consensus: Fist Fight boasts a surplus of comedic muscle but flails lazily, and far too few of its jokes land with enough force to register.
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as Ron Strickland
as Andy Campbell
as Coach Crawford
as Principal Tyler
as Ms. Monet
as Superintendent Johnson
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Screenwriters Van Robichaux, Evan Susser, and Max Greenfield raise the satirical ante with a nicely jaundiced view of the school, which is underfunded, riven by office politics, and teetering on the brink of anarchy.
By one way of looking at it, Fist Fight might be seen as a timely nightmare -- not about bullying but being downsized. For that reason alone, it's not a complete waste of time. Also it features a rampaging horse on meth.
More galling and tedious than funny, this quasi-re-imagining of the 1987 high school film, Three O'Clock High, proves that it's entirely possible for a remake of a bad movie to be worse than its inspiration.
Day's the runt, Cube is the bully, and for a punishing 91 minutes of rank idiocy we wait in vain for something funny to happen.
Fist Fight isn't there to make you think, but to make you laugh, and it mostly does.
Audience Reviews for Fist Fight
Charlie Day plays a well meaning, concerned, caring teacher (but he's white and a bit of a chicken). Ice Cube plays a well meaning, concerned, caring teacher (but he's black and angry). Face off equals comedy? Is this still a thing? I'm happy all actors make some money here but is following social stigmas the way to go instead of presenting a better example?Maybe it is. Whatever, this effort is not bad. Not bad at all.
The only reason my rating is so high is the fact that I never expected it to be as good as it was, It come as quite a surprise how funny it was, Ice Cube basically plays the same character that made his role in the Jump Street films so good, It's nothing new but it's full of cheap laughs from start to finish and the fight at the end was pretty entertaining, Yes it's predictable but it's allot of fun.
The concept is great but never fully exploited by the screenwriters or director. My biggest issue is the swing and miss jokes, the best parts are the teacher interactions and they ignore these for class pranks. I found half a good movie here and it's the fault of the creative team that it fails to come together. Day is funny and just seems to be forcing it at times because the script was missing punchlines. The film only gels towards the third part, like clockwork this cliche riddled piece is too structured to the norm, throw the book out and just let the chaos control the film. Okay film that fails to be great, missed opportunity here.
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