High School Teachers Throw Punches And Crude Jokes In 'Fist Fight'

"Fist Fight" asks you to accept a weird parallel universe in which inner-city school teachers settle their differences with after-school rumbles that are advertised by Taiwanese animators on YouTube. I have no complaints right now.

This conspicuous social commentary about classroom conditions comes to define what's ultimately at stake in the eponymous fist fight. Or anything of substance that makes any damn sense.

"Fist Fight", starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day as feuding teachers, is also expected to debut to roughly $17 million over the four-day President's Day weekend at 3,185 locations.

This R-rated comedy from director Richie Keen starts with a ridiculous premise: One high-school teacher insists that another fight him after school to settle a professional beef.

A running gag in which Strickland calls Campbell "light roast" is about as racist as it gets, at least verbally.

Instead of giving viewers reasons to like this movie and root for Ice Cube's character, history teacher Ron Strickland, it does the complete opposite. Breaking Bad's Dean Norris has a small appearance as the principal, and has to endure a multitude of end-of-the-year pranks from all those demonic seniors.

This is not a nice movie, and while its devil-may-care nastiness is occasionally bracing, it's just as often frustrating. I say "interesting" because, as anyone who's been to the movies with any kind of regularity can tell you, public schools on film are pretty much always dens of unspeakable chaos and violence - a land where administrations are always corrupt and dysfunctional, everything is constantly falling apart and dumb, apathetic, possibly sociopathic kids regularly terrorize weak-kneed teachers. Kumail Nanjiani shines as the ineffectual campus security guard, and 10-year-old newcomer Alexa Nisenson is a scene-stealer with her school talent show performance. Kids mow pornographic cartoons into the athletic field and park the principal's vandalized vehicle inside the building. Literal running gags involving a horse on meth and a mariachi band get as repetitive and tiresome as the graffiti decorating Roosevelt High's halls. Writer and comedian Jillian Bell shines in some of the funniest scene stealing moments in the movie. Morgan's character, Coach Freddie Coward, is goofy and just not that bright, but it makes for a few laughs, especially when Morgan's longtime bit about getting someone pregnant is thrown into the script.

It doesn't matter if it's "just a comedy" when so much of the humor is at the expense of the movie's meaning. Campbell then spends the rest of the school day trying to get out of the fight by any means necessary.

Not really. I don't feel better or worse or anything.

One of the most compelling storylines ended up being one only loosely tied to the main plotline-the one involving Campbell and his interactions with his family.

They also deliver on the goods.

Why can't movies of this sort have more structure?

Within the first three minutes of the movie, a scan of a high school parking lot on its final day of classes, coinciding with senior prank day, show signs like "Last day of school, [expletive]!", "Eat [expletive], not meat" and a guy wearing a shirt that says "I'm a senior, [expletive] you!"