Riotous, humorous, raucous! Just a few words to describe the unapologetic and very funny Fist Fight from director Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). The film stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell and Christina Hendricks as teachers and faculty at a low funded high school who are trying to survive the last day of school as senior prank day takes full effect.
English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is having a bad day, Campbell is in the midst of senior prank day on the last day of school and is facing the possibility of losing his teaching job due to budget cuts. Faced with the possibly of losing his job, Campbell is also expecting his second child and struggles to maintain a balance between his work life and commitments to his 10 year daughter.
Campbell’s day gets progressively worse when he crosses paths with the tightly wound history teacher Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) who’s no nonsense style of teaching is in direct contrast to Campbell’s softer approach. A series of hilarious events leads to Campbell getting Strickland fired from his teaching job. The only recourse, Strickland challenges Campbell to a fist fight after school.
The supporting cast is rounded out by the very funny Tracy Morgan who makes his return to the big screen after his 2014 near fatal traffic collision. Writer and comedian Jillian Bell shines in some of the funniest scene stealing moments in the movie.
The film is is over the top funny and pushes the comedic envelope in the vein of Animal House. The chemistry between Ice Cube and Charlie Day matches well with Day playing the neurotic protagonist and Ice Cube the straight man through out the movie.
The fight in the the third act of the movie is action packed, funny and satisfying. We see Day’s character come full circle and find the courage to stand up for himself.
During the press conference Tracy Morgan talked about some anxieties returning back to work since his major traffic accident in 2014. Here is what Tracy Morgan had to say:
“Your know there was a lot of funny in me, I was laid up on the couch for a year since that Walmart truck hit me. I just wanted to let it all out and this was the movie to do that. Richie thank you and I love you for believing in me, I was so scared on the first day because I didn’t know if I was funny or not after what I had just been through. Then I had a team around me, Cube was like a brother to me so they really encouraged me and relaxed me and I just had fun after that.”
The writers also added that they wanted to incorporate some of the pranks and gags they recall from their high school and college years and while some were a bit exaggerated others hit the comedic mark. Fist Fight is coming to theaters February 17.