768. Fist Fight

Background info

Title: Fist Fight
Director: Richie Keen
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 31m

“Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way. On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.”

Live blog

1:18 – That feeling when you’re trapped in a golf cart by rapid teenagers.
3:28 – “Losing here is a tradition!!”
5:04 – It really could be ninety minutes of Ice Cube pulling that face and it’d be worth it.
6:11 – “S***’s not even voice-activated.”
10:58 – We never had a prank day, I don’t think. I wouldn’t have survived it.
15:25 – Computer telephone.
17:38 – Ice Cube with an axe is properly terrifying.
20:56 – Mariachi band following you around is funny.
27:47 – “No, I never said nothing about no running.”
32:22 – Blackmail with added Apple Care.
41:03 – “North Korea. That’s a choice.”
52:01 – Where did the band go?
52:25 – There they are!
56:23 – YAAAS, reference.
58:53 – “I don’t want to interrupt your seething.”
1:05:10 – Ooh, bad time to find your courage!
1:09:32 – Epic singing from the little kid.
1:20:07 – “Thank you for the fight. Really.” Really??

Conclusions

There isn’t too much to say about this film really, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. Charlie Day prancing around trying to avoid a fight with the ever-stern Ice Cube. It’s not smart and it doesn’t try to be clever, and in thus admitting its limitations, it’s flipping brilliant.

Laughed a lot more than I expected to, and really just settled back and enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish.

Rating: 5/5.

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