Thanks to Roadshow Films we got the chance to see ‘Fist Fight’. This is our review of the film, but as usual, no matter what we say we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Mild-mannered high school teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) gets in serious trouble while trying to help fellow teacher Mr Strickland (Ice Cube) with the VCR player during his history class. It’s the last day of school and student pranks are getting out of hand. When a major altercation breaks out in Strickland’s classroom, both teachers are called to the Principal’s office.
After a little pressure from Principal Tyler (Dean Norris), Campbell panics about losing his job and snitches on Strickland. As a result, Strickland gets fired. From there, everything goes down for Campbell as Strickland wants to set up an old school fight in the parking lot at the end of the day.
‘Fist Fight’ is a comedy with a simple premise and with no major aspirations. It justifies itself by showing exactly what people want to see, a glorious, over-extended fight scene between fellow teachers. And, to be honest, that’s the best bit of the film.
Ice Cube and Charlie Day (who also produced the film) played safe portraying the same characters they have done many times during their careers, the tough-guy represented by Ice Cube and the wussy guy played by Day. Despite this, the film is fun to watch as Cube‘s bad attitude and Day‘s physical comedy steals the scene.
The gags involving fellow teachers Coach Crawford (Tracy Morgan), Holly (Jillian Bell) and Ms Monet (Christina Hendricks) are also great. However, their talents could’ve been used better with longer scenes and more interaction.
While some people find Charlie Day‘s high pitch voice annoying, we can reassure you that this is exactly what makes the film funny, as he will do anything in his power to avoid the fight and calm down Cube‘s character.
If you want to spend some time watching a comedy full of awkward jokes, but with a fantastic fight at the end, this could be exactly what you are looking for.
‘Fist Fight’ is now showing in cinemas