Benjamin Maio Mackay
Fist Fight - 1 Star
Dumb action comedy jabs a finger at the American public school system.
When one school teacher (Charlie Day) gets the other (Ice Cube) fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.
There seems to be a current trend in American-exported crass comedies that rely on swearing, drugs and violence for laughs. This is only slightly better than the rest, it features no “toilet humour.” Charlie Day is an admiral comedy performer, but he just never seems to land the right project. One day I’d like to see him in a clever comedy film. Ice Cube is a musician, not an actor and while some of his comedic moments work, most fall flat.
The script lacks plot, characters and any real development, but does question some of the morals of the American public school system. Interestingly enough this isn’t the first genre film to do so in the past 6 months, maybe indicating there are issues that need to be seriously investigated.
Overall it’s not the worst film out there at the moment, but certainly not something I’d recommend in a hurry.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment