Charlie Day and Ice Cube go to blows on the last day of school in the new comedy “Fist Fight?
Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is an English teacher at the local high school, married with a daughter and expecting his second child in a few months. Andy is stressing on his way in for the last day of school about his interview and if he will be retained for the next year. Andy’s fellow teachers also trying to survive the final day with Coach Crawford (Tracy Morgan) supervising some students lining the soccer field to look like a penis ejaculating on a women’s breasts, while Holly (Jillian Bell) tries to sleep with the star quarterback.
Strickland (Ice Cube) is a no nonsense teacher that has no time for pranks and intends to teach his students through fear until the final bell. Strickland catches Campbell in the hallway and has him come help him with an antique VCR so he can show a civil war film to his class. Andy realizes Strickland is being pranked by his class and tells him only to have strickland take an axe to the students desk!
Principal Tyler (Dean Norris) brings in Campbell and Strickland and tells them, ”Someone is getting fired for this, and if no one steps up….I will fire you both!” Andy Immediately rats on Strickland andTyler fires him. As the teachers leave Strickland tells Campbell “3pm….parking lot…..IT’S ON!” The teacher fight immediately goes viral and is the buzz of the town. Andy can’t make the fight because his interview is at 2:15 and his daughter’s talent show is at 2:30, there is no way to make the fight.
The kids continue to spend the last day pulling senior pranks like parking the principal’s car in the school and painting it pink, glue teacher’s desks upside down, rig the halls with paint bombs and baby oil, they even let a horse loose!!!
The big payoff of the film is the fight that does happen in the end, but Ice Cube and Day take us through the longest school day in history to get there. With this cast and Tracy Morgan is the only funny person in the film is troubling. Jillian Bell is just a waste in the film and her character is simply stupid. Cube and Day have both been better in comedic roles but this one will leave audiences in detention. The best scene in the film is when Day and Alexa Nisenson (his daughter Ally) perform Big Sean’s song “I Don’t F**k With You” to a horrified audience at the elementary school!
I am Karl the Flick Fanatic giving “Fist Fight” an F! Not even the child rapping and stupid pranks can get this film a passing grade!
Rated R (Language, drugs, violence and brief nudity)
Running time 91 mins