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At one point during Fist Fight, the new comedy starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, I could only think of Step Brothers, an inverted Bugsy Malone that casts adults as childish characters and stands up as Adam McKay's masterpiece. Although there's plenty of comic mileage in adults acting like kids, Fist Fight is sadly not a patch on those farcical heights.
The film takes place at Roosevelt High School, an inner city school where budget cuts have left the entire faculty fearing for their jobs, and also fearing the students' designated Senior Pranks Day on the last day of term. As English teacher Mr. Campbell (Day) observes, the pranks don't really seem like pranks - mostly, they involve criminal damage and horse-kidnapping.
History teacher Mr. Strickland (Cube) is having none »
Two years ago the acclaimed director of Bugsy Malone swapped his camera for canvas
From Bugsy Malone to Mississippi Burning to The Commitments, Sir Alan Parker has a hugely impressive back catalogue of cinema successes. But almost two years ago, at the age of 70, he decided to call time on a career that touched the heights.
He had written “a contemporary anarchic piece – a sort of Glaswegian Commitments,” he says, “only with darker humour. A friend of mine said he’d finance the whole thing. When it came to the nitty gritty, however … I had a bust-up with him over releasing a piddling amount of money for the art department to do a location recce. It was the final straw for me.
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- Dalya Alberge
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