Fight Club

Rated R, 139 mins
Action, Dark comedy, Thriller
This exercise in mainstream masochism, macho posturing, and designer-grunge fascism (1999) is borderline ridiculous. But it also happens to be David Fincher's richest movie--not only because it combines the others (Alien 3, Seven, The Game) with chunks of Performance, but also because it keeps topping its own giddy excesses. Adapted by Jim Uhls from Chuck Palahniuk's novel, this has something--but only something--to do with a bored Edward Norton encountering a nihilistic doppelganger (Brad Pitt) who teaches him that getting your brains bashed out is fun. Though you're barely allowed to disagree with him, your jaw is supposed to drop with admiring disbelief at the provocation, and the overall impression of complexity might easily be mistaken for the genuine article. In other words, this is American self-absorption at its finest. With Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, and Jared Leto.
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Director: David Fincher
Producer: Ross Bell, Ceán Chaffin, John Dorsey, Art Linson and Arnon Milchan
Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto, Eion Bailey, Joon Kim and Evan Mirand

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Atta girl. Way to take a feminist approach to bashing a movie, and then absolutely fucking nail it in the last sentence. Everything after the comma was sincere. But seriously, how do you knock this and not mention the fact that it's a well-funded, hyper-produced movie of a novel that is based on anti-consumerism, destruction of society, and being a minimalist? They put Oscar ads out for this, sell the soap online, and I can get you most of Pitt's wardrobe, albeit reproduced, online.

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Posted by Aaron Posey on 09/14/2013 at 2:58 AM
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