CHICAGO – Like the awesome Engine Who Could, the mighty Nothing Without a Company stage crafters have constructed another triumph at their new home in Berger Mansion on Chicago’s north side. “The Kid Thing” – written by Sarah Gubbins – is a terse, convincing and emotional play about fear, identity and breeding, and it is performed by its cast of five with utter authenticity. The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Berger North Mansion through April 15th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.
Film Review: Report Card on ‘Fist Fight’ is a Failing Grade
CHICAGO – “Fist Fight” is such a thin premise it can’t even sustain its own two minute trailer, much less a feature length film. That premise, what there is of it, is simple – English teacher (Charlie Day) and History Teacher (Ice Cube) get involved in an altercation with a student on the last day of class, at a failing high school known for senior pranks. Teacher Ice Cube gets fired, and blames Charlie Day. So they act like children and settle their differences with a fist fight outside.
And that’s it. The entire running time is spent with Ice Cube glowering, and Charlie Day sputtering about trying to avoid the impending beatdown. There have been a lot of crappy studio comedies over the past few years, but this one stands out as something you can imagine even Adam Sandler turning down because of its shoddiness.
The film has no basis in reality, and doesn’t even come up with its own zany alternate reality. It’s just lazy and haphazardly slapped together hoping that a few extra F-Bombs will save the day. This is the type of movie where Charlie Day can make two trips to the Apple Store, makes attempts to buy drugs, attempts to plant drugs on Ice Cube, gets arrested, and is released all in the course of a single school day, without anyone noticing he’s gone.
Confrontation: Charlie Day and Ice Cube in ‘Fist Fight’
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