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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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A mild-mannered high-school teacher (Charlie Day) is accused of getting a fellow teacher (Ice Cube) fired, and is challenged to a fight after the school day ends in this comedy directed by Richie Keen.

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Ice Cube
as Ron Strickland
Charlie Day
as Andy Campbell
Tracy Morgan
as Coach Crawford
Dean Norris
as Principal Tyler
Dennis Haysbert
as Superintendent Johnson
Charlie Carver
as Nathaniel
Max Carver
as Daniel
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Critic Reviews for Fist Fight

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (28)

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.

March 9, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 19, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

February 17, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Fist Fight isn't there to make you think, but to make you laugh, and it mostly does.

February 17, 2017 | Full Review…

A consistently intelligent (or at least bright), coherently constructed comedy that is on occasion a rather pointed critique of the American education system in the early 21st century.

February 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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Charlie Day and Ice Cube are ready to rumble in the outrageous screwball comedy Fist Fight. In fear of his job Any Campbell rats out a fellow teacher who gets fired, leading him to challenge Campbell to a fight at the end of the day. Day is hilarious and elevates the material, and Jillian Bell is surprisingly good as well. However, the writing is pretty bad, as it's ridiculous how out of control the school is. And there's far too much vulgarity and crudeness. Yet, ultimately it's all about the fight; which proves to be an exciting knock-down, drag-out, bare-knuckle brawl. It's got a lot of problems, but Fist Fight is entertaining and delivers some good laughs.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke

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