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Fist Fight

Fist Fight

Directed by Richie Keen. Starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Dean Norris, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Kumail Nanjiani, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert. (2017, R, 91 min.)

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

A movie whose premise can be boiled down to its hashtag – #teacherfight – Fist Fight aims for nothing more than fleeting laughs. On the last day of the semester, Roosevelt High School is overrun by an onslaught of student pranks, while English teacher Mr. Campbell (Day) anxiously awaits word of his re-employment for the upcoming school year. A mild-mannered man, Campbell soon crosses swords with the hothead history teacher Mr. Strickland (Ice Cube), who takes a fire axe to a student’s desk. Strickland challenges Campbell to an afterschool throwdown, news of which spreads instantly via viral videos. Also complicating Campbell’s afterschool plans is his promise to his daughter to perform with her at her grade school talent show, and his very pregnant wife (Swisher, an Amy Adams doppelgänger), who looks like she was ready to deliver weeks ago.

Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is moderately amusing as a guy who just spins his wheels deeper as he tries to dig himself out of the mess he’s created. Ice Cube does nothing but scowl. (Yes, it’s his signature expression, but now he no longer attempts to do anything else as an actor; all he looks for is a comic foil.) Every few syllables of the film’s dialogue are peppered with four-letter words, which instantly (and needlessly) ramps up the film’s rating to “R.” A Greek chorus of boneheads surround the two leads: Dean Norris is the aggravated school principal, Tracy Morgan the bizarro gym teacher, Jillian Bell the inappropriate guidance counselor who wants to seduce her students, Kumail Nanjiani a superfluous security guard, and Christina Hendricks … it’s hard to say what Hendricks is doing in this picture, so poorly is her character conceived. Not even the blooper reel tacked to the end of the film garners many laughs. Fist Fight is not a complete dud, but it does grasp at the lowest hanging fruit for its humor.

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N.  512/861-7070

https://drafthouse.com/austin/theater/lakeline

TUE FEB 21

11:50am, 2:25, 5:30, 8:30, 11:05

WED FEB 22

11:50am, 2:25, 5:30, 8:30, 11:05

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter  512/861-7060

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

TUE FEB 21

2:40, 4:15, 8:15, 10:55
AFA: 12:00

WED FEB 22

12:00, 2:40, 4:15, 8:15, 10:55

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy  512/306-1991

www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

TUE FEB 21

CC/DVS: 11:30am, 1:45, 4:00, 6:15, 8:30, 10:20

WED FEB 22

CC/DVS: 11:30am, 1:45, 4:00, 6:15, 8:30, 10:20

THU FEB 23

CC/DVS: 11:30am, 2:20, 5:20, 8:20

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park  800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

TUE FEB 21

digital: 11:30am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50

WED FEB 22

digital: 11:30am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50

THU FEB 23

digital: 11:30am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50

Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14

12812 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave  800/326-3264

www.cinemark.com/theater_showtimes.asp?theater_id=377

TUE FEB 21

digital: 11:30am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05

WED FEB 22

digital: 11:30am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

TUE FEB 21

digital: 11:50am, 2:15, 5:05, 7:35, 10:25

WED FEB 22

digital: 11:50am, 2:15, 5:05, 7:35, 10:25

THU FEB 23

digital: 11:50am, 2:15, 5:05, 7:35, 10:25

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

TUE FEB 21

digital: 12:00, 2:30, 5:05, 7:25, 9:55

WED FEB 22

digital: 12:00, 2:30, 5:05, 7:25, 9:55

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., Pflugerville  512/251-0938

www.cinemark.com

TUE FEB 21

digital: 12:40, 3:35, 6:30, 9:15

WED FEB 22

digital: 12:40, 3:35, 6:30, 9:15

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown  512/868-9922

TUE FEB 21

1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:20

WED FEB 22

1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:20

THU FEB 23

1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:20

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle  512/523-9009

www.evo-entertainment.com

TUE FEB 21

12:20, 3:00, 5:45, 7:15, 8:10, 10:35

WED FEB 22

12:20, 3:00, 5:45, 7:15, 8:10, 10:35

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock  512/244-3549

www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

TUE FEB 21

Reserved Seating: 4:00, 7:30, 10:00

WED FEB 22

Reserved Seating: 1:45, 4:00, 7:30, 10:00

THU FEB 23

Reserved Seating: 1:45, 3:45, 7:30, 10:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville  512/467-7305

www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

TUE FEB 21

12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7:00, 9:30

WED FEB 22

12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7:00, 9:30

THU FEB 23

12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7:00, 9:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake  512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

TUE FEB 21

CC/DVS: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:15

WED FEB 22

CC/DVS: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:15

THU FEB 23

CC/DVS: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:15

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart  512/398-4100

www.hometowncinemas.com

TUE FEB 21

12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25

WED FEB 22

12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25

THU FEB 23

12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza  512/568-3400

www.ipic.com

TUE FEB 21

1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:55

WED FEB 22

1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:55

THU FEB 23

11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop  512/321-0123

www.schulmantheatres.com

TUE FEB 21

10:25am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:15, 10:40

WED FEB 22

10:25am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:15, 10:40

THU FEB 23

10:25am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:15, 10:40

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas  512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

TUE FEB 21

CC/DVS: 12:20, 3:00, 5:30, 8:15, 10:45

WED FEB 22

CC/DVS: 12:20, 3:00, 5:30, 8:15, 10:45

THU FEB 23

CC/DVS: 12:20, 3:00, 5:30, 8:15, 10:45

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B  512/501-3520

www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

TUE FEB 21

11:20am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:45, 10:30

WED FEB 22

11:20am, 4:30, 7:45, 10:30

THU FEB 23

11:20am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:45, 10:30

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

TUE FEB 21

2:20, 5:10, 7:50

WED FEB 22

2:20, 5:10, 7:50

THU FEB 23

2:20, 5:10, 7:50

The Spot Cinema Eatery & Social Haus

1180 Thorpe Lane #130, San Marcos  512/210-8600

https://www.evo-entertainment.com/locations/the-spot/

TUE FEB 21

7:00, 7:45, 10:30, 11:05

WED FEB 22

7:00, 7:45, 10:30, 11:05

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos  512/805-8000

TUE FEB 21

12:20, 3:00, 5:40, 8:10, 10:35

WED FEB 22

12:20, 3:00, 5:40, 8:10, 10:35

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, Pflugerville  512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

TUE FEB 21

digital: 12:00, 2:45, 5:20, 8:05, 10:40

WED FEB 22

digital: 12:00, 2:45, 5:20, 8:05, 10:40

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd  512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

TUE FEB 21

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:25, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10

WED FEB 22

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:25, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10

THU FEB 23

CC/DVS: 11:00am, 1:25, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10
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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

Fist Fight, Richie Keen, Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Dean Norris, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Kumail Nanjiani, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert

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