I can’t remember when it was that I first saw the trailer for the movie Fist Fight. I only remember that I saw Charlie Day was in it so I committed to seeing it. I’m glad that I ended up waiting until it was released for home viewing though. If I had paid full price I think I would have been extra disappointed in it.
The premise is entertaining enough, Day’s character gets Ice Cube’s character fired. Ice Cube threatens to fight Day at the end of the school day. While all this is going on, the school itself is constantly being pranked by seniors. The pranks continually escalate which is what leads to the actions taken by Ice Cube that get his character fired. The fact that I can’t remember the character names ought to tell you something about the movie in general.
It’s a forgettable movie. It suffers from just not going far enough. Yes, there are over the top gags, but when Ice Cube utters what is probably his most famous quote? You’re not IN the movie enough to even care. It’s not the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Not by a long shot. By the time you get to the end you’re ready for it to be done. The fight itself was pretty epic and ended the way you will predict that it will.
Ice Cube’s character is too dark without cause. Day’s character isn’t as charming as you want him to be. Even Jillian Bell, who is arguably the funniest person in the movie falls flat from time to time. A refreshing character was Tracey Morgan’s naive coach. He plays that character Morgan always plays and it was probably one of the better things in the movie.
I didn’t hate this one. I just didn’t love it like I wanted to. It’s a rainy day-nothing else to watch kind of movie. I can’t recommend that you run out and watch it, but I won’t warn you off it either.