Fist Fight
Fist Fight (2017)

A mild-mannered high-school teacher (Charlie Day) is accused of getting a fellow teacher (Ice Cube) fired, and is challenged to a fight after the school day ends in this comedy directed by Richie Keen.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 17, 2017
DVD Release Date: May 30, 2017
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fist Fight boasts a surplus of comedic muscle but flails lazily, and far too few of its jokes land with enough force to register.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Screenwriters Van Robichaux, Evan Susser, and Max Greenfield raise the satirical ante with a nicely jaundiced view of the school, which is underfunded, riven by office politics, and teetering on the brink of anarchy.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Day's the runt, Cube is the bully, and for a punishing 91 minutes of rank idiocy we wait in vain for something funny to happen.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Pretty much just a remake of "Three O'Clock High," this time around it's amped up to a lighter tone and steeped in hazy intentions.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

By one way of looking at it, Fist Fight might be seen as a timely nightmare -- not about bullying but being downsized. For that reason alone, it's not a complete waste of time. Also it features a rampaging horse on meth.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

Fist Fight isn't there to make you think, but to make you laugh, and it mostly does.

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Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press

Authority figures acting like destructive, temperamental children? These days, it just feels too close to home.

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James Berardinelli

More galling and tedious than funny, this quasi-re-imagining of the 1987 high school film, Three O'Clock High, proves that it's entirely possible for a remake of a bad movie to be worse than its inspiration.

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Glenn Kenny

A consistently intelligent (or at least bright), coherently constructed comedy that is on occasion a rather pointed critique of the American education system in the early 21st century.

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Amanda Mazzillo
Film Inquiry

Some of Fist Fight's jokes along the way didn't land, but the ones that did worked surprisingly well, creating a well-structured comedy with strong performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Charlie Day plays a well meaning, concerned, caring teacher (but he's white and a bit of a chicken). Ice Cube plays a well meaning, concerned, caring… More
Brendan Nicholls
The concept is great but never fully exploited by the screenwriters or director. My biggest issue is the swing and miss jokes, the best parts are the teacher… More
KJ Proulx
Let me clarify here. In no way was I going into this film expecting something great, or even hilarious for that matter. The trailers had a few chuckles, but I… More
Jacob Smith
Fist Fight is smart, funny, self-aware, and clever. Words that I haven't been able to say about a comedy in a while, but I'm glad I was able to say it… More
Jamie Clarke
The only reason my rating is so high is the fact that I never expected it to be as good as it was, It come as quite a surprise how funny it was, Ice Cube… More
Philip Price
Going in with low to optimistic expectations there was no great weight on the shoulders of Fist Fight. It's February and Fist Fight is a comedy starring… More