those inspiring high school movies where a dedicated but
unconventional teacher is assigned to the worst class and, defying
the odds, transforms them all into well-behaved honor students? Well,
New Line Cinema’s upcoming comedy Fist Fight isn't
one of those.
Richie Keen says, "This is definitely a heightened experience of
high school. It takes place entirely over one day -- the last day of
the year at Roosevelt High, which is the traditional Senior Prank
Day, so it's utter chaos. We wanted to see how far we could push that
starts out as the teachers versus the students, or, as Keen puts it,
"the prison guards versus the inmates." But everything
changes when two teachers are pitted against each other. Suddenly
Senior Prank Day is overshadowed by the promised faculty fracas that
quickly goes viral. #TeacherFight.
Cube and Charlie Day head the cast as the two teachers about to come
to blows, and the actors also serve as executive producers on the
film. Cube relates, "When I first got the script for 'Fist
Fight,' I was like, 'Yo, this is what you go to the movies for; it's
the kind of film that you can just have fun with.' "It's like
one of those movies where you have a ticking time bomb, but the time
bomb here is my character, Ron Strickland."
who stars as Strickland's opponent, Andy Campbell, agrees. "I
mean, who doesn't love a good high school movie? And I thought the
dynamic between my character and Ice Cube's character jumped off the
page. I liked the ticking clock scenario, where it's a pressure
cooker and the heat keeps getting turned up. Those were the elements
that made the script exciting to me."
before Andy's date with destiny-or death, depending on whom you talk
to-he is not exactly having a good day. Keen elaborates, "The
kids at school are crazy; his pregnant wife is three days past due;
and he's nervously waiting to find out if he's among the teachers
being fired due to budget cuts. Then, being in the wrong place at the
absolute wrong time, he happens to witness Strickland having a 'final
straw' moment with his students, who have pushed him one time too
many. He's put in a tough spot when he and Strickland are called in
by the principal who wants to know what happened. With his job on the
line, Andy reluctantly points a finger at Strickland, at which point
Strickland tells him to meet him in the parking lot after school
at 3:00. That's when things really get started."
the longsuffering school manages to survive Senior Prank Day, the
faculty and students will witness a no-holds-barred brawl between two
of their own. Unfortunately for Andy Campbell, this test is pass or
fail -- and they're not grading on a curve.
Fight also stars Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Jillian Bell
(22 Jump Street), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Christina
Hendricks (Mad Men), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit) and
JoAnna Garcia Swisher (The Astronaut Wives Club).
Keen directs from a screenplay by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser
(Funny or Die’s What’s Going On? WithMike
Mitchell), story by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser and Max
across the Philippines on February 22, Fist Fight is distributed
in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros.