Friday 3 March 2017

"Fist Fight" (Guardian 03/03/17)

Fist Fight **
Dir: Richie Keen. With: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell. 91 mins. Cert: 15
Charting the chaos that follows from aggrieved history teacher Ice Cube challenging meek colleague Charlie Day to an afterschool ruckus, this fitful timewaster doubles rowdily down on all its flimsy-to-questionable ideas. Someone involved clearly believed there’s still mileage in watching grown men behaving like big kids, and that Day – whose oddball delivery on TV’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia remains a wonder – should be taking on those bland milquetoast roles rejected by Jason Bateman. Fleeting snickers result, but fellow Sunny parolee Richie Keen can’t hold a scene long enough for anybody to find a rhythm, let alone convert a looming backdrop of mass education layoffs into the basis of a socko funfest. 

Fist Fight is now playing in cinemas nationwide.

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