'Fist Fight' review: Ice Cube and Charlie Day lack comedic punch

It's time for another movie review presented by our good friends over at FatCats Gilbert on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline! I usually like to use the cage to my advantage when taking an opponent down, but Charlie Day uses ideal timing, and executes a wicked double leg.

With his squeaky voice and fidgeting, the capable Day ("Horrible Bosses") convincingly becomes a milquetoast who always seems to be on the verge of throwing a tantrum in private. But I know how invested people in the movie industry are in the Oscars and the Golden Globes, so I felt badly for our crew and our cast and our director and our movie studio. In fact, how was this a movie? A misunderstanding leaves Ice Cube's tough but dedicated character out of a job and ready to throw down.

But still, if I were a teacher or administrator, I would be a little bit nervous on senior prank day this spring. But "Fist Fight", in which Day plays mild-mannered teacher Andy Campbell, challenged to a fight by his hot-tempered colleague Strickland (Ice Cube), doesn't afford Day - or Ice Cube - enough opportunity to find laughs.

Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) and Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) are teachers at one of the worst high schools in their district. And I got to do that, and I was really happy, and I'm so looking forward to it. "I didn't know if the timing was going to be there. the comedic instinct would still be there, I didn't know". They're mostly rehashed jokes about drugs and sex that we've seen before, but it was actually a amusing movie simply because of the cast.

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There's your movie. Andy will spend the balance of the day going to more-and-more ridiculous extremes to avoid the fight, while trying to prepare for his meeting with Superintendent Johnson (Dennis Haysbert) and make it to Ally's talent show. "Which cheered me up, I must say".

Phil Joanou's 1987 teen comedy Three O'Clock High, while not a remake of High Noon, signaled its heritage and its comic anxiety in its title: The solemnity of Fred Zinnemann's midday-showdown Western was transformed into something sounding like the name of a high school, with the ticking-clock deadline now timed to the final school bell - three more hours of desperation than Gary Cooper had to endure.

"If I'd have thought about it, I might have got shook". "I just couldn't believe they were making movies in and around my hometown". Were you familiar with that movie when you signed on?

I was anxious about this premise being able to soak up 90 minutes, and it looks like I had reasons to worry. All too often, we're hooked by the trailer only to arrive in the theater and discover that we have already seen the best of the the movie.the funniest lines.the most attention-grabbing scenes. He makes an observation about the school that could also describe the film: "Losing here is a tradition". Day, with his high-pitched rants and unpredictable impulsiveness, was like the Day we know from Sunny-minus the illiteracy, of course. It even felt stretched out. I have no complaints right now. Stereotype much with these main characters? But it's Jillian Bell ("22 Jump Street", "Office Christmas Party,") who once again steals the show, this time as the world's most inappropriate guidance counselor. Even though the trailer didn't grab me and make me want to rush out to see the film, I still went to see it with an open mind.

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