FIST FIGHT (2017) Score: D

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug material.
91 Minutes


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I write this introduction because the majority of our press screenings here in Las Vegas include hundreds of audience members who get in to see the latest and the greatest films for free. I listened very carefully to the oral audience responses following the public screening of FIST FIGHT. All that I consistently heard was, “Hysterical! So funny! A great movie!”

I am uncomfortable denigrating any movie that the audience seems to love, so instead of a failing grade, I will be generous and rate FIST FIGHT with a “D”. As a (respected) film critic, I take my reviews very seriously, because I respect your trust in my honesty and candor.

The plot is so thin: One school teacher (played by Charlie Day) gets the other teacher (played by Ice Cube) fired. “After school. Parking lot.” The fist fight is on.

That’s it folks. So for 90 minutes of mostly foul language, we find one teacher running away from what will be a very public fight in the school yard — in front of the entire school. If you find a public high school teacher being threatened with a fire axe funny, then you will like this toilet humor. I did not. You will see a lot of familiar faces in the cast. Tracy Morgan makes his return to the silver screen and he looks and sounds terrific.

The film is directed by Richie Keen.

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