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Fight Club
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Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Meat Loaf
MPAA Rated:  
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Web Site: www.foxmovies.com/fightclub
Kiddie Movie: You better leave them at home.
Date Movie: She might like it, but maybe send her to "The Story of Us."
Gratuitous Sex: Some, kinda dreamy like, but some nonetheless.
Gratuitous Violence: It IS called "Fight Club."
Action: Especially at the end.
Laughs: Quite a few, maybe oddly enough.
Memorable Scene: Way many, but I loved the scene of Jack and Tyler getting the lypo-suctioned fat for the soap, seeing the emergency cards that were replaced in the airplane, and Jack getting "beat up" in his boss' office.
Memorable Quote: Wow. Many. Some were: Marlena - "I haven't been fucked like that since grade school." Jack - "I'd fight Ghandi." Jack (and he should be in the right spot to say this for real) - "I'd like to thank the academy." and Jack - "Being there, pressed against his tits, and this was my vacation."
Directed By: David Fincher
Produced By: Art Linson, Cean Chaffin, Ross Grayson Bell

Fight Club
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:19 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
"Fight Club" is one of those few movies that, as I left, mostly all I could think was "That was fucked up." Sadly I can't explain what made it so fucked up else I'll ruin it for the rest of you, but I guess all I can say is the heart of the story is nothing like the previews. Sure, you see Brad Pitt and Edward Norton creating this Fight Club, and sure, you see a bunch of dudes being "real men" and beating the crap out of each other, but the wrap-up of the movie is twisted, foreshadowed slightly but not blatantly, and I can't believe I didn't see it coming. I also couldn't figure out if the makers of the movie intended it to be sometimes more comical than dramatic, but as much as "Fight Club" showed masculinity in its finest, it had some very funny moments.

The simple things I can tell you about "Fight Club" without giving too much away are things like this. Edward Norton plays Jack. He pretty much hates his job and finds solace in attending support groups, actually pretty much becoming addicted, ironically enough, to support groups where he will give himself a new name and a new life and be comforted by the fact that others will listen to his problems, even if made up. First support group - men with testicular cancer, where we are introduced to Robert Paulsen (Meat Loaf), a group attendee with tits due to hormonal changes from the loss of his testicles. Jack seems just a little more happy in his alternate world until entering into it is Marlena (Helena Bonham Carter). She too is addicted to support groups and Jack can't stand seeing her at all of the same places he is, making up stories as he does, and gets threatened. Alright, what about Brad Pitt (playing Tyler). Well, Jack returns from a trip, meeting Tyler on a plane, only to find his apartment blown up. Looking for maybe a friend and a place to stay, Jack calls Tyler and they meet in a bar. And this is where Fight Club is born, Tyler and Jack beating the crap out of each other outside a bar.

As Fight Club grows so do we find Jack influencing its participants, making them perform tasks other than beating each other up, and eventually creating an army of regular folks getting back at society that has fucked them for so long. And that's all I can tell you.

Me, even walking out of the movie saying "That was fucked up," I really liked "Fight Club." Meat Loaf gave one of his best performances, transforming himself from a support group attendee to a member of Fight Club, able to make you feel kind of sad for him in the support group, but becoming slyly scary as he finds Fight Club. Brad Pitt gives a performance that I actually enjoyed, he was manipulative and weirdly kind, both at the same time. And then there was Edward Norton who with each film grows as one of the most phenomenal actors out there. But as great as his acting was in "Fight Club," it was his narration of his story that kept you gripped throughout the film.

There is a lot more to "Fight Club" than dudes beating the crap out of each other and getting off on it, a lot more which I can't explain in this review, so I'll just give "Fight Club" 4 ½ stars out of 5 and leave it at that.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!

 

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