Fist Fight (2017) Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Fist Fight (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Strickland is history.

  • Starring:

    Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Kumail Nanjiani, Dennis Haysbert, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Alexa Nisenson

  • Directed by:

    Richie Keen

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A flashback/speculation sequence shows people being shot, bludgeoned, beaten, begging for their lives, etc. People are kicked, punched, pushed, wrestled, dragged behind a horse, hit with objects, threatened, blackmailed, framed, pranked, sprayed with paint, slapped, shirt-grabbed, arrested, headbutted, strangled, stapled, stomped on, elbowed, flipped, slammed against objects, tackled, head-slammed, throat-grabbed, bitten, ear-grabbed, neck-grabbed, sprayed with fire extinguishing agent, slammed against a car windscreen. A woman makes several throat/face-slitting gestures. Teens watch a documentary about the Civil War where commentary mentions "lost a leg and an arm", "amputate his son's leg". Objects thrown, kicked, smashed, hacked up with an axe, knocked over, superglued together. A car runs over a scooter. Yelling, arguing. Terrorist attacks, he's going to kill me/kill him, cut him, gut you like a fish, I will rip your head off mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody face, nose, cuts. Bruising. CPR, bloodbath mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A TV monitor shows a half-naked female couple kissing. A teen boy is seen masturbating in a toilet cubicle while watching (implied) pornography in several scenes/says he ejaculates. A woman calls a meeting by saying she has been raped/is pregnant. Teachers often mention having sex with students/students' parents. A teacher is accused of watching a student masturbate. A teacher flirts with students. Several drawn images of genitals/breasts. Cleavage. Teenis mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man smokes a joint. Drug deal. Drugs are planted in a colleague's bag. A stolen horse is said to be high on meth. A teacher says she regulary uses drugs/meth. Smoking (cigarette, joint). Molly, weed mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, crap, p*ssed. A young girl sings a song with obscene lyrics. Slang for genitals. Name-calling (gross, pussy, sonofab*tch, light roast, snitches, Seabiscuit, pervert, shifty, coward, lunatic, nuts, stupid, monsters, animals, worm's meal, hothead, scary, bully, maniac, crazy, lame, loser, etc. Obscene finger gestures. Religious exclamations (hell no, Jesus Christ, oh my God, thank God, holy crap, goddamn, what the hell, etc). Jokes about underage sex/statutory rape, race, homophobia, menstruation.

  • THEMES:

    Fighting, pranks, last day of school, teachers v students, job loss, counselling, masturbation, drugs, blackmail, public school system, fear, cowardice, courage, standing up for yourself, inappropriate behaviour, school talent shows.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Several people lose their jobs. Birth scene. Prison, hospital settings. Horse, pigeons, dog, helicopter. Urination (animated).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Watchable. Capable/game/charismatic cast, some funny/unexpected moments, unhinged performance by Charlie Day, improves toward the end, had the potential for a better comedy.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Stupid, mindless, crude, predictable, overdone, unremarkable, repetitive, absurd, silly, overboard, puerile, obnoxious, idiotic, sour, feeble, indifferent, formulaic, recycled, uninspired, risible, disheartening, Trumpian, wrong. One-note/cartoonish characters, baffling/unbelievable plot complications, retrograde gags, flaccid/lead-footed direction.

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