TATM: Talkin’ About The Movies #252: Fist Fight & A Cure For Wellness




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After high school teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) accidentally gets his colleague Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) fired, Strickland challenges him to an after school fight.


Yeah, remember that movie, Three O’clock High about the kid who’s assigned to write a piece for the school paper about new kid Buddy Revell, who is rumored to be a psychopathic nutcase and they must fight in the parking lot at 3pm and the kid tries to do whatever it takes to avoid the confrontation? Yeah, imagine that but this time with adults, that’s basically what Fist Fight is.

I unfortunately have never seen Three O’clock High but I heard it’s all right but honestly, it’s probably way better than this movie was because wow, this was a massive disappointment.

To the film’s credit, the whole movie is not a disaster by any means, I laughed in this movie way more than I did with such terrible R rated comedies we’ve gotten recently like Vacation or Zoolander 2. Ice Cube & Charlie Day both have really good comedic chemistry together and it shows on the screen and some of the jokes do genuinely get some good laughs and hell, the movie doesn’t cocktease you and give you no fight, you see the actual fist fight and sure enough, it’s as hilarious and exciting as you could ask it to be.

Too bad the rest of the movie is not that, because my god, this movie drags on and on with the same damn problems every R rated comedy nowadays seems to have, they don’t want to be funny for something creative, they just want to be funny with as many pointless grossout jokes you can throw in there and that’s it, there’s nothing creative about a good third of the jokes in this movie and a lot of the jokes are nothing but bad recurring gags that the film doesn’t get are not funny. Just because a little kid wants to sing ‘Stupid Ass Bitch’ doesn’t make it funny.

Another problem is that the movie wastes its’ supporting cast, this is the second straight comedy in a row where Christina Hendricks is wasted, the other being Bad Santa 2, Tracy Morgan has his funny moments but he’s just here to be Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Kumail Nanjiani, Dean Norris, Dennis Haysbert, Joanna Garcia Swisher, Kym Whitley, they are all wasted in this movie with nothing to do except to just be stereotypes for the characters they are playing.

Too many of those moments plus a generic script that tries to blend Three O’clock High with Joe Somebody into an cliché riddled R rated comedy make Fist Fight a massive disappointment because there was so much potential in this that could’ve made this like Neighbors 2 where you had the raunchy comedy but with a message alongside it too but nope, this just wants to get your money quickly and leave you disappointed, it’s like a bad one night stand, avoid it like the plague.





An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.


This is Gore Verbinski’s latest directorial outing, his first after the disastrous The Long Ranger….and this isn’t any better, in fact I would even go as far as to say that this is even worse than The Lone Ranger because oh my god, this movie is just so boring, imagine if you crossed Crimson Peak and Shutter Island and added a two and a half hour running time of nice looking visuals and that’s it, that’s this movie.

That is the only really good thing I can say about this movie, the visual look of the film is impressive with this gothic style to it but as I have to keep telling you folks out there, visuals don’t make the fucking movie.

You know what else had great visuals to it and nothing else, Crimson Peak, and guess what, that shit sucked too…but you know what, Crimson Peak was at least trying to do something and failed miserably, this movie isn’t even trying. The whole movie’s existence is just to showcase creepy looking imagery with the most wooden acting you can possibly imagine.

Dane DeHaan, who started his career off nicely in Chronicle, really struggles to find his calling here, he’s trying too hard be like Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island and he’s just lost that acting spunk he had in the beginning of his career…it also doesn’t help that his love interest, Mia Goth, is a big plank of wood.

The film fails in every other department, cheap jump scares, lackluster character development, a predictable story that has been done numerous times in movies and TV shows, and a run time of 2 and a half hours that feels like a friggin’ eternity because nothing is happening.

A Cure For Wellness would be not to avoid your time with the garbage that this movie is, I expect better from director Verbinski but this is just pathetic, it’s the most boring two and a half hour movie going experience you could have this year.

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