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'Fist Fight' is a Comedy Without the Comedy

'Fist Fight' is a Comedy Without the Comedy

The three new releases likely vying for second at the box office behind The Lego Batman Movie are A Cure for Wellness, The Great Wall and Fist Fight.

Usually it's the students who start fights in high school, but in Ice Cube's newest movie "Fist Fight", it's the teachers who are up to no good. If you want to learn more about Fist Fight click on this website. "If you're being bullied, tell a teacher", she says. I feel like a very typical note that a director and writer might get is, 'We need more heart.' For me what they are really saying is that they are not connecting with the characters enough so I was very careful.

"You know Cube, you come across like a tough guy, but I know there's a sweetness in you", Petrillo said. With just one day's notice he flew to Atlanta to meet the Barbershop star.

Charlie Day and Ice Cube in "Fist Fight".

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In Fist Fight, Morgan plays a controlling gym teacher with a passion for health, wellness and his students. I should have learned my lesson two months ago with Office Christmas Party, a film overflowing with amusing actors and nearly no laughs.

At least "Fist Fight" does not shortchange its final battle. Sure, you can satirically ridicule the state of public schools, the failings of teachers, and today's ill-mannered teens, but Fist Fight never does so intelligently enough to land its punches, and in the end it lazily gives all that it lampoons a pass. Campbell's daughter Ally, played by Alexa Nisenson, was charming and amusing as she dealt with a middle school bully of her own. What a pity it would be if they've run out of ideas. Well, when he tries to justify the fist fight as a way to call attention to problems at the school, nobody believes it. Everybody in the movie is pretty much on the poster. And then we got, we got Ice Cube, and he didn't take too much cajoling.

As Andy's professional and family life tensions mount throughout the day, the not-so-manly milquetoast takes a page out of Strickland's book and sheds the Nice Guy image. In the end, if it's about anything other than why insane people should not all be stuck in a school together, it's how there are significant pros and cons to both a violent approach and a strictly passive approach to challenges. Comic highlights include the axe-wielding Strickland's classroom freak-out, Campbell's daughter's hilariously obscene talent show performance, and of course the climactic fistfight that accounts for this endeavor. And I was just so happy. They're gonna have to fight it out after school, a task for which Andy is woefully unequipped. Their contributions vary widely - Bell does deadpan-vile as well as anyone, but statutory rape jokes are beyond her capacity - but the tone of cheerful vulgarity will be familiar to fans of Day's long-running FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, of which Keen has directed many episodes.

In anything approaching the real world, these kids wouldn't be allowed to graduate because they'd be too busy bonding out. And he got the best out of everybody I think myself included.

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