When one school teacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.
Release Date: February 17, 2017
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Grade: C- Rating: R, 1 hour 31 minutes In a Nutshell: #TeacherFight This filthy movie features about 947,633 moments of profanity, bullying, drug-use, porn, and inappropriate behavior by high school teens AND adults. Uplifting theme: “It takes courage to grow up and to become who you really are.” e.e.cummings “Words are always going to matter.” – English teacher “Actions have consequences.” – Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) As I always tell my 4 sons, “Be. A. Man.” If you don't stand up for yourself, who will? Things I liked: Andy Campbell is the perfect wuss. Jillian Bell is hilarious, but inappropriate 99% of the time. Christina Hendrick smolders, as always. Occasionally funny pranks. I was Senior class president of my high school and planned an awesome Senior Prank. I sent home letters to all the parents of seniors, explaining that the students would have a particular day off school for some legitimate-sounding reason, forging the principal's signature. Things I didn’t like: There has to be premise for the fight, but Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) throws a temper tantrum in a classroom, destroys school property, and then picks a fight with another teacher. Tracy Morgan always plays the same character in everything. I walked past him in an airport once and said, "Hey!" He answered back, "Hey yourself." I hate the expression “Snitches have stitches.” I’ve heard students say that before. It encourages the lack of consequences. I hated the talent show where little elementary school student Ally (Alexa Nisenson) drops a million F-bombs. NOT adorable. I chuckled a few times, but it’s mostly not funny. Ice Cube was good, but he pretty much plays the same character in everything he does too: tough, scary guy matched up with a weasely light-weight who plays the comic relief. Funny lines: “No meth period.” – Andy “When I’m on my period, don’t do it? That’s when I need it the most.” – Holly “Holly, this has got to stop!” – Andy “Cuz it’s a gateway?” – Holly “It’s the finish line!” – Andy “The guy’s a virtuoso.” – janitor “That doesn’t seem so scary.” – Andy “You didn’t see his eyes.” – janitor “Where do I get drugs?” – Andy “You’re in a public high school in the United States of America. There couldn’t be a better place to get drugs.” – Holly “Whoever dies first haunts the school!” – Holly Tips for parents: This is a true Rated R movie that is not family-friendly viewing. Tons and tons of profanity. Tons of inappropriate images of porn, underage sex talk, and masturbation. It makes American high school look like it’s filled with complete drug & porn addicted delinquents.February 28th, 2017 · Details
Perhaps even more disturbing is the film’s light treatment of student-teacher sexual relationships, showcased by guidance counselor Holly, who lewdly pines after teenagers throughout the course of the film, and is gratified in the end by the returned attention of a newly graduated senior. While she is weakly shut down by Campbell on occasion, her infatuation is clearly meant for laughs, and ignores the horrific nature of real-life relationships where such a power imbalance is present. These scenes feel like they belong in a movie squarely about and for adults - they rub very wrong in a film filled with teens.Click here to read the full review
We have to inquire: What kinds of audience laughter are the makers of the misbegotten "Fist Fight" (Warner Bros.) going for? Broad guffaws at human frailties? Nope, none of that. Expansive hoots at outrageous physical comedy? Again, not here. That leaves bitter, humorless sneering at various forms of human degradation. If there's a sweet spot for that, this film has found it.Click here to read the full review