It was a choice between Logan or John Wick: Chapter 2 and I chose neither, instead i opted for Ice Cube and Charlie Day’s high school comedy Fist Fight and was not left disappointed.
I’ve read the reviews online and it’s been panned as a film with no substance and in hindsight it’s true, if you’re looking for a film with depth then this is not for you. However, this film is not designed to leave you in deep thought nor is it there to have you cherish the acting, it’s a simple film that allows you to leave your brain at the cinema doors and tag along the slapstick ride.
The film takes place in Roosevelt High School, where it is the seniors last day and immediately chaos ensues. We are treated to kids rolling out a sign at the top of the high school building, which reads “Last Day of Class Bitches”, there are kids sliding down the stairs on mattresses as well as kids watching porn out in the open – you know it’s going to be one of them types of films where reality doesn’t play a part but you have to hang in there.
Early on, we are introduced to the main protagonist, push over Andy Campbell (played by Charlie Day) who’s first line is “Today is going to be a bad day”, which sets up the whole film. It’s not until Mr Strictland (Ice Cube) comes in when the film starts to liven up. He plays the hard ass teacher with a screw loose that everyone fears, including the other teachers. The main storyline comes into effect when Campbell snitches on Strictland for taking an axe to a student’s desk when he finds out that student was playing a prank on him. Strictland challenges Campbell to a fight after school, stating “Snitches get stitches” after Campbell’s confession costs Strictland his job.
The film then centres around Campbell trying every possible way to get out of this fight, from bribing students to planting drugs in order to get Strictland arrested. As much the film isn’t going to win an oscar, the jokes are extremely funny if you like slapstick and can forget reality for a few hours. The jokes border on offensive and can imagine Frankie Boyle fans really enjoying this as they don’t hold back on, teacher student relationships, meth taking teachers and students masturbating openly.
Anyway give it a whirl and let me know what you guys think in my comments box.