Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Fist Fight is directed by Richie Keen, and it stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, and Jillian Bell. It’s a comedy that tells the story of Andy Campbell, an English teacher at an extremely chaotic high school. When one of the other teachers (Ice Cube) challenges him to a fist fight after school, he has a hectic day as he tries to avoid the fight.
I was looking forward to Fist Fight. I wouldn’t say I was necessarily excited to see it, but the trailers looked funny enough so I was curious. The movie itself was pretty much exactly what you’d expect from the trailers. It was funny enough. It had some really laugh out loud moments, but overall the film wasn’t amazing by any means.
The cast in the movie was probably the best part about it. Each actor fits their individual character extremely well. Charlie Day played this really awkward English teacher very well. His odd demeanor added to the character and kept the mood of the movie pretty light. Ice Cube was the best part of the cast. Almost anytime he was on screen myself and the rest of the audience were laughing. It’s not that he was necessarily making jokes or anything, though. His character was basically what you’d expect if Ice Cube was a High School history teacher, and it was wonderful.
The jokes in this film were pretty hit-and-miss. I’d say it was probably a 50/50 ratio between funny jokes and jokes really didn’t work. Not all of the humor in this film is extremely raunchy, but anytime it involves the High School students it becomes so. I get what they were going for, but it reaches a point where it’s not even funny anymore. They’re just repeating the same vulgar jokes over and over again. When the film isn’t focusing on the students it becomes much more enjoyable to watch.
I didn’t read or watch any reviews before I saw this film. However, I did see a headline that read something along the lines of “A punch in the face would be better than watching Fist Fight again”. Also, I noticed that it had a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes (that has since gone up to a 32%). Since I saw these things, my expectations were pretty low. However, now that I’ve seen the film I completely disagree with them. Fist Fight isn’t a bad movie, it’s not necessarily a great one but it’s one that you can have some fun with if you’re in the right mood.
The idea for Fist Fight kind of felt like it should’ve been a short SNL skit or something. At least, that’s how I felt before I saw the movie. Now I would say that the premise worked pretty well for a feature length movie. The film isn’t very long, cracking in at about 90 minutes, but not once during that time span did I think it was too long or drawn out. The plot in Fist Fight worked well for that 90-minute run-time and it never felt slow or that it should’ve been shorter.
Fist Fight is by no means a bad movie. The one job a comedy has is to make its audience laugh, which it made me and the rest of my theater do. There were several scenes in this movie that actually had the entire theater laughing quite loudly. That being said, there are a lot of jokes in this movie that don’t work. They miss their mark and just come off as awkward. The entire cast fits their roles very well, Ice Cube and Charlie Day specifically did really good jobs. I would recommend Fist Fight if you’re desperate to see a comedy in theaters this weekend. This isn’t a waste of your time, but there are better ways to spend it.
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