A quarrel between two high school teachers leads to a scheduled fist fight at the end of the last day of school. One is a stone-cold terror that intimidates everyone around him. The other is Charlie Day.
There are countless slapstick comedies that have come out over the years. Some have become classics while others are quickly forgotten. It’s known that comedy can be a difficult thing to write and execute, so it’s no wonder how some films go out as quickly as they came into the mainstream. Slapstick humor is also over-the-top ridiculous most of the time, so these films tend to fizzle out even faster. But what is the purpose of a comedy? It’s to make the audience laugh, and forget whatever troubles they’re faced with on a daily basis. They are there for us to zone out and enjoy humor in a ways we couldn’t imagine ourselves. One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Mel Brooks who said, “Tragedy is what happens to me, comedy is what happens to you.” Wise words indeed.
Fist Fight is one of those films that’ll make you laugh, and entertains the possibility that something this extreme could potentially happen. It’s doubtful it would grow to the magnitude it does in the film, but disagreements among adults that result in the loss of a job could lead to a fist fight. Especially if one of those adults is an unhinged individual. Strickland (Ice Cube) is the type of teacher no one messes with. The students and peers alike fear him at all times. No one even talks to the guy, because he’s always aggressive. It’s just who he is. Not even Coach Crawford (Tracy Morgan) makes eye contact with him. It was just happenstance that on the last day of school, Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) offered to help Strickland with the coffee maker in the Teacher lounge. It was the first domino in a string of unfortunate events that lead to the quarrel between them. Andy only had good intentions, but what results is a conflict so large the only way to resolve their differences is in a classic bout of fisticuffs. Obviously, Andy wants nothing to do with this. He and everyone around him knows there’s no way in hell he’d beat Strickland in a fist fight. It’s ridiculous, absurd, and sadly enough, inevitable. No matter what Andy does to resolve the issue, he only makes the situation worse. It’s only a matter of time before the two have to go toe-to-toe in the school parking lot.
Think Andy and Strickland will battle it out at the end of the school year? If so, who’s gonna win? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
Enough about that…Lets check out what’s included with this release.
The menu design consists of a static image of Charlie Day and Ice Cube starring each other down. The menu options are listed along the bottom of the screen, and include: Play, Scene Selections, Audio, Subtitles, and Special Features. The ‘Scene Selections option displays five chapters at a time. Each one is numbered and includes a snapshot from the scene. The ‘Audio’ and ‘Subtitle’ options allow viewers to choose the language tracks for the film. The languages consist of: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Now let’s check out the bonus features included with this Blu-ray.
– Georgia Film Commission (2:08 HD): This brief clip includes interviews with the Producers and Director of the film, along with some behind the scenes footage of from the set. One by one they expressed appreciation for the Southern hospitality while filming in Georgia. Everyone made sure to make these folks feel at home. It goes to show a little southern charm can go a long way.
– Deleted Scenes (15:23 HD): This feature consists of extended versions of scenes in the film. Many of them are quite funny, but likely cut for timing and plot flow reasons. The exchange between Andy (Charlie Day) and Mehar (Kumail Nanjiani) that involves a missing notepad is really funny. The feature also ends with additional bloopers that’ll make anyone chuckle.
Now let’s take a look at the technical side of this release.
Right off the bat viewers will notice the high-quality of this transfer. The 1080p HD image comes with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, so it’ll fill your entire HDTV screen. And boy does it look good. Viewers will see incredible detail throughout the entire film. Close-ups reveal more detail than you’ve likely ever seen on Ice Cube’s face. It’s almost ridiculous! Colors are bright and vivid, and flesh tones are very accurate. There’s plenty of indoor, outdoor, and a few dimly-lit scenes in the film. It’s always looks good. I was very impressed with the quality of this film. It would be difficult to find any obvious flaws in this transfer.
Much like the video, the audio is top notch in this film. There are several booming audio tracks to be heard, so be ready for some beats coming from your subwoofer. The soundtrack pops in often, so it can be a difficult one to watch if others are sleeping nearby. I found myself adjusting the volume constantly, but greatly enjoyed the audio tracks. The dialog is always crisp and clear. It primarily takes place front and center, but this is to be expected. Nevertheless, this is a great-sounding transfer.
Overall, Fist Fight is an entertaining film. It’s not one viewers will want to see again and again, but it does a good job making the audience laugh. What Strickland does in the film would get a teacher terminated on the first day, so it’s a bit over the top. There’s plenty of humor from the supporting cast as well. Jillian Bell who plays the student-loving teacher, Holly, is certain to crack viewers up. Her comedic timing and awkward comments about wanting to bang some of her students is hilarious. Just know going into this film not to take it seriously.
If you’re looking for a funny comedy that consists of high school teachers getting in a fist fight, look no further. Check out this film on Blu-ray today!