Lamar reviews - Fist Fight.
Friday, February 17th
There are many things in the universe that are hard to explain. Somewhere between crop circles and Stonehenge, right above Bigfoot, is Ice Cube’s movie career. Yes there’s Friday but only the first one. It also gave us Chris Tucker, who wisely skipped the rest of the Friday movies, Ice Cube did not. To his credit there is also Barbershop and the Jump Street movies, but then comes XXX: State of the Union, Anaconda, the family friendly Are We There Yet, Are We Done Yet, and the never ending Ride Along 1, 2, and just announced number 3. All of these depend on one thing, his scowl. He is the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the knitted brow. He can hold that look forever. I think he sleeps like that. The bright spot in this movie should have been Charley Day. I really like him. He floated under the radar in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia until he broke out in Horrible Bosses. As hard as he tried in this movie it’s a big step backwards. The good news is its February and few people will see it, and the ones that do will eventually forget it like a trip to the dentist.
The first tipoff to what to expect out of this movie is the fact that it was scheduled to be released in 2016 under the name Teacher Fight. All through the movie different things pop up using the Teacher Fight title including a Twitter reference to #TeacherFight. This is a remake of an 80’s comedy called Three O’clock High about a nerdy guy who is forced to fight the new bully. They just changed it to teachers and added the F word a few hundred times.
In the movie Charlie Day plays a teacher Mr. Campbell. He’s married, has a daughter, and his wife is pregnant. This is the last day of school and also Senior Prank Day. It is pandemonium
and there are massive layoffs at the school so he’s worried about his job. He gets into a situation with Mr. Strickland, played by Ice Cube. Mr. Strickland is a no-nonsense teacher who constantly goes off in a psychopathic rage at his students and fellow teachers. Strickland winds up challenging Mr. Campbell to a fight after school. In the midst of all of this Mr. Campbell is supposed to dance with his daughter at her talent show at school.
I see what they were trying to do but as I’ve said before R rated comedies are very tricky. Too many genital jokes and overuse of the f bomb, especially by teachers in the classroom, can push it past funny to uncomfortable. Add to that Jillian Bell, who I love in a comedy, constantly talking about having sex with students takes you Main Street, Creepy Town. Tracy Morgan is also in this as Coach Crawford. All I could think of is he manages to survive a horrific car crash, struggles back to be able to work again, and this is what he gets? His agent should be looking for a job.
Rated R for language, sexual content, nudity, and drugs.
Good news is at 91 minutes it’s pretty short, should have been shorter.