The fight is on thanks to Charlie Day and Ice Cube, and there’s plenty of furious fists and outlandish comedy in Fist Fight.
Set on the last day of school at Roosevelt High Schoo,l meek English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) and hotheaded history teacher Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) square off in a vindictive fight to settle a score and rewrite the wrongs of the school.
Fist Fight is the type of comedy that I haven’t seen in a long time, and is in the vein of comedies such as American Pie and Road Trip. It’s comedy is simple and to the point, and is made up of plenty of offensive pranks and references to how lame the teaching staff are.
What really makes Fist Fight watchable is its cast, particularly its co-leads in Day and Cube, two very different performers who are brought together in a juxtaposing way that ensures great comedy. Both performers play to their respective strengths, with Day being bossed around and overrun by his students as a weak-willed softie who has no idea how to stand up for himself. Cube, on the other hand, is a terrifying presence in the classroom who swaggers through the hallways intimidating with nothing more than a glance. But as the film moves forward we get to see a different side of these characters, with Day threatening a host of teenage punks who seek to manipulate him, and Cube showing a far more responsible side as an educator.
The supporting cast is also packed out with great talent including Jillian Bell as Holly, the school’s drugged up and inappropriate guidance counsellor, Tracy Morgan as Coach Campbell, an incompetent, opinionated, loudmouth football coach, and Christina Hendricks as Miss Monet, the mesmerising yet psychotic drama teacher who has the hots for Strickland.
The film’s aforementioned ‘fist fight’ does finally appear in the climatic third act, and it’s a rather vicious rumble with both Day and Cube getting in plenty of swings that leaves them bruised, beaten and better for doing it.
Fist Fight is that perfect film if you want nothing more then to check out for an hour and a half, and has plenty of inappropriate gags that will have you giddy throughout.
Source: Roadshow Films