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Three O'Clock High meets Joe Somebody
By Rouén Robinson
Mar 8, 2017 - 8:49:51 PM

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After School. Parking Lot. It’s On...

When a mild mannered high school teacher gets a hot headed high school teacher fired on the last day of school, he finds himself challenged to a fight after the school day ends. He must find a way to get out of the fight as well as make sure he keeps his job, is present for the birth of his second child and help his first child in her middle school talent show.

Andy Campbell is an English teacher at Roosevelt High School notorious for the pranks the students pull on teachers on the last day of school and as he is a bit of a doormat he soon finds himself in a situation he did not expect. Coach Crawford is an incompetent gym coach at the high school who is just trying to get through the last day of school without being the victim of a prank or be let go due to budget cuts. Counselor Holly is the guidance counselor at the high school who is under review by the school board, but spends her time trying to help Andy get out of the fight in the parking lot after school. Ron Strickland is the history teacher at the high school who loses his tempter during class and when his actions get him fired he decides to challenge Andy to a fight due to his involvement.

Fist Fight won me over due to the fact that there felt like a lot of improvisational humor through out the motion picture. If there was any strike against it I would have to point out that it felt like I was watching an adult version of Three O’Clock High, but centering on the teachers instead of the students. The sad thing that there is already an adult version of Three O’Clock High that is High Noon since that is the movie on which Three O’Clock High is loosely based and it had higher stakes. That being said, I still had some good laughs along with some eye rolls at just how hard this movie was trying to appeal to different demographics of moviegoers. This is Richie Keen’s first time directing a feature length theatrical release after directing tons of television so I am anxious to see what he does as his sophomore effort. The humor was not as forced as I though it would be and it was more homage than rip-off so I left the theater in a better mood than I entered.

I rate this movie a rating of 2 & 1/2 out of 5.

After the credits is a nice moment between a certain gym coach and 911 operator that I can not decide whether is smooth in a funny sort of way or funny in a smooth sort of way.

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See other reviews by Rouén HERE.

Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen

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