Happy Sunday everyone!
Last weekend I went with a friend to see “Fist Fight”, starring Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell and a several other really talented actors. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, silly movie that will have you giggling from start to finish, then this one is for you.
I saw this film at an iPic Theatre, which is a little bit more expensive than going to a regular movie theatre, but the experience is well worth the extra cost. With fully reclining seats, a full restaurant menu and waited service, it’s really such a treat, especially for a movie obsessed girl like myself. It feels like being in one of those celebrity in-house cinemas from MTV’s Cribs!
This film is set in an out of control high school and takes place on the last day of the school year. Senior Prank Day is in full swing and the students are running wild, playing pranks that get more elaborate and crazy by the second. Most of the school’s teachers have completely lost control of their students and resigned themselves to being victims of their student’s prank day antics.
However, there is one teacher managing to stay in control, unfazed by the madness. The terrifying Mr. Strickland (Ice Cube) is feared by teachers and students alike, silencing a room with nothing more than a glance. He’s the polar opposite of Mr. Campbell (Charlie Day), the well-meaning, but somewhat ineffective English teacher trying to hold onto his job, despite his mediocre teaching ability. The juxtaposition between the two characters makes their interactions absolutely hysterical. I’d never seen Ice Cube act before, but absolutely loved the charisma he brought to the screen.
In a case of exceptionally bad timing, while the students run rampant, the teaching staff are undergoing a performance review due to educational funding cuts. The entire teaching staff must re-interview for their positions, adding extra hysteria to the already unruly environment. When a series of events leave Mr. Strickland without a job, he takes out his frustration by challenging Mr. Campbell to a fight at the end of the school day, blaming Mr. Campbell for his dismissal.
News of this teacher fight quickly spreads around town and before long, almost everyone is gearing up to witness what is shaping up to be the fight of the year. Mr. Campbell devises plan after plan, desperately trying to avoid getting into a physical altercation with Mr. Strickland, knowing he doesn’t stand a chance at winning. Helping him along the way is the school’s wayward guidance counselor, Holly (Jillian Bell) and Coach Crawford (Tracy Morgan). Breaking Bad fans will be happy to see a familiar face in the form of Principal Richard Tyler (Dean Norris).
Both Charlie Day and Jillian Bell perform with a magnetic sense of masterful yet, subtle comic timing. The witty dialogue exchanged between them is played so casually, making it even funnier. The supporting cast of students features some seriously talented young actors that I hope I get to see more of on the big screen in the future.
As the end of the school day nears and Mr. Campbell still hasn’t succeeded at getting the fight cancelled, he becomes increasingly reckless. To heighten the stakes even further, Mr. Campbell needs to make it to his daughter’s talent show to perform with her, or she’ll end up being humiliated in front of her bullying classmates. But if you want to find out what happens next you’ll have to go see the film!
While some of this movie seems slightly farfetched (apparently local police don’t care about violent threats) the hilarious one liners and ridiculous antics makes it well worth a watch. Comedies are meant to make us laugh, not mimic real life, so sometimes it’s best to just suspend reality and fully enjoy the madness. This film is perfect for a fun night out with friends and you’ll certainly be laughing about it long after leaving the theatre!
Check out the trailer here: