Movie Review: FIST FIGHT (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

 FIST FIGHT was directed by Richie Keen from a screenplay by Van Robichaux, Evan Susser and Mike Mitchell who also worked on the story with Max Greenfield. The film stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Kumail Nanjiani.

On the last day of the school year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst outrageous senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that are putting his job on the line just as his wife is expecting their second baby. But things go from bad to worse when Campbell crosses the school’s toughest and most feared teacher, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), causing Strickland to be fired. To Campbell’s shock—not to mention utter terror—Strickland responds by challenging him to a fist fight after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire as Campbell takes ever more desperate measures to avoid getting the crap beaten out of him. But if he actually shows up and throws down, it may end up being the very thing this school, and Andy Campbell, needed.

Richie Keen is probably best known for his work on “It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia” and is able to capture some comedy gold in Fist Fight. Now, the laughs aren’t for everyone because this adult comedy has a lot of filthy language, cheap gags and drug use in it. So, if you can get past these obsctacles then you’ll enjoy the movie and its twisted sense of humor. We’ve gotten several “bad teacher” movies over the past few years and all of them have been similar in nature but personally I enjoy them as long as they don’t take things too far. The cast is fantastic with Ice Cube and Charlie Day playing the two lead characters. There’s some really good chemistry between these two men who play off of each other like good versus evil or nerd versus bully. There’s also comedic delivery from some of the supporting cast including Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell who always deliver the laughs in whatever role they’re in. Still, the movie isn’t for everyone but if you can get past the offensive content then you’ll probably get a laugh or two out of it.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features a black finish with the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Fist Fight was a hilarious and raunchy comedy that is definitely geared towards a more mature audience pretty much because of the foul language and drug use. This silly adult comedy about teachers losing their cool probably breaks some kind of f-bomb record in cinematic history because there’s dozens and dozens of them delivered throughout the watch. So, needless to say this one isn’t for the easily offended but if you’re looking for a few good laughs then move right along and give it a chance. Charlie Day makes the perfect nerdy good guy to pick on while Ice Cube delivers his best on screen bully with a bad attitude to date. It’s also fun to watch these two teachers go at it while their students and the entire high school faculty watch along in amusement. Fist Fight arrives on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on May 30th and is worth checking out – if you have a sense of humor.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Make sure you watch as the end credits roll because there’s some fun bloopers (gag reel) playing as the movie ends. These aren’t officially part of the special features but I thought I’d mention them. There’s also a featurette, some delete scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Georgia Film Commission
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

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