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Fist Fight

School's out for the summer, and on the last day of class at a suburban middle school, a teacher who's been laid off (Ice Cube) challenges a rival who's survived the ax (Charlie Day) to a fistfight out in the parking lot after the final bell. I was bored by the leads' shtick—Ice Cube seething and stone-faced, Day meek and ingratiating—yet the movie's premise kept me chuckling for days afterward, especially the grand finale with the student body and local TV news watching the combatants face off. 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. Richie Keen directed; with Christina Hendricks, Tracy Morgan, Dean Norris, and Jillian Bell, providing more than her share of laughs as a school guidance counselor who propositions and scores drugs off the students.



  • Richie Keen


  • Ice Cube
  • Charlie Day
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Jillian Bell
  • Dean Norris
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Dennis Haysbert
  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher
  • Kumail Nanjiani
  • Charlie Carver
  • Max Carver
  • Austin Zajur
  • Alexa Nisenson
  • Chanel Celaya


  • Shawn Levy
  • Max Greenfield
  • John Rickard
  • Dan Cohen
  • Toby Emmerich
  • Richard Brener
  • Samuel Brown
  • Dave Neustadter
  • Charlie Day
  • Ice Cube
  • Marty P. Ewing
  • Billy Rosenberg
  • Bruce Berman

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