Fist Fight Reviewed By Jon E Clist


The Premise
When one school teacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.

The Review
Okay so when you read the single sentence blurb and add in the notes for the rating of the film, you will pretty much have the gist of this film.
“When one school teacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fist fight and on the way to said fight a stack load of violence, offensive language, drug use, sexual material & content that may disturb happens.”

This is one of those USA films that have begun to dominate the cinematic landscape over the past decade. Kind of what happens when the standard comedian takes the same approach to film making that they do to their stand-up routines. Take bad language, sexually edgy content and attempt to gain laughs through shock tactics. Don’t get me wrong here, this is a film that has some seriously funny moments in it, and some that are uncomfortably funny. It is more that this collection of dirty jokes have kind of become a little stale and without a clever script to link it all together.

From what I can see, director Ritchie Keen is bringing his experience making television comedies to the big screen and enjoying a little too much freedom in not having to cater to the public broadcast standards. Infact, lead actor Charlie Day and director Richie Keen worked together on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
It kind of feels a little as though he pieced together a stack of jokes and scenarios that were deemed too much for the TV shows and he didn’t want to waste them so he linked them together in a loose story of grown men fighting.

Oh, listen to me, I sound a bit as though I hated this film, I didn’t hate it and I certainly laughed lots. Yet I was thankful it wasn’t a long film. I will say however that it is great to see Tracy Morgan back in the saddle again after a terrible car accident nearly killed him a few years back. Will his delivery still seemed a little jaded and slower than he used to be, it was super funny to see him going for it in the bloopers and bonus reel that was merged into the credits. Oh and Christina Hendricks is worth the admission price just to see her go way outside of her typecast while still dressing in that style.

The Verdict
Moments of comedic brilliance drown in a sea of poor scripting and derivative storylines. Yet still a good old laugh.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 23rd February 2017
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, offensive language, drug use, sexual material & content that may disturb
Duration: 91 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Director: Richie Keen (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
Tracy Morgan's first film after his car accident.

2nd movie to co-star Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan. They previously starred together in "First Sunday" (2008).

This is the first film to be directed by Richie Keen.


Jillian Bell has said she was nervous about meeting ice cube and by accident they sat next to each other during their first table read which made her even more nervous.