DO you ever wonder about your parents’ lives before you were born? That question waits beneath the surface of Allan Loeb’s screenplay for director Marc Webb’s agreeably brief (89 minutes) filming of the story of […]
SENIORS at Roosevelt High are celebrating end-of-year day by trashing buildings and abusing staff.
In area superintendent Johnson and principal Tyler’s staff review, nobody knows who will or won’t get laid off to meet a shrinking budget.
The wife of English teacher Andy (Charlie Day) is about to give birth. His petulant pre-pubescent daughter with an impure motive – to embarrass a classmate – expects him to join her performing a number before her school’s assembly at 2.30pm. The lyrics are straight from the gutter but Andy doesn’t know that until too late.
Muscle-man history teacher Strickland tolerates no nonsense from students and wields a baseball bat to make his position clear. In my view, he’s a good guy.
Chubby student counsellor Holly (Jillian Bell) is trying to get a good-looking senior student to satisfy her seething sexual hankering.
Bosomy, red-head, French teacher Monet regards Andy as a dweeb, nerd and pussy.
Security officer Merhar plays exactly by school rules – but only on campus and during class hours.
For reasons that some may support and others will abhor, Strickland
challenges Andy to a fight in the schoolyard at 3pm. Nobody expects Andy will survive. The student body is agog to watch.
Every actor in a cast of second-rates is obliged to deploy a gutter vocabulary – no terrible sin, merely a rapidly-developing bore. The comedy is immature. The drama is feeble. The outcome is a gigantic cliché.
The intentions of a second-rate writer and a second-rate director in creating this unedifying picture of a morsel of the US education system are difficult to discern. Were they making a political statement about the system’s parlous condition? Were they merely feeling a burgeoning wave of satire?
If this appeals to you, by all means go watch “Fist Fight”. But don’t say you’ve not been warned.
At Hoyts, Capitol 6 and Limelight