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I am a David Fincher stan. Bottom line. He is a master. It would be absurd to try to recreate any of his work. Yes, this film might strike you as a women centered Fight Club, but it is so much more than that while also not trying to be that at all. Chill out filmbros, women can do stuff!
I was skeptical of a male-directed and written story about women. However, I truly think this is what made Chick Fight so great. The story and direction were not afraid to be unladylike in its approach. The bright and airy landscape contradicts the rough ladies who fight in the club, proving that women can be girly, tough, and unapologetic about it.
Anna’s (Malin Ackerman) life is going absolutely nowhere, fast. Her business is failing, she can’t pay her bills, her car is repossessed, her mother is dead, she is about to get evicted, she hasn’t had sex in a while, and I could keep listing off things that suck in her life--but you get the point, right? Her badass cop friend Charleen (Dulce Sloan) turns her world upside down by bringing her to the fight club. Anna is overwhelmed and terrified at first, but once she discovers that she has a very personal connection to the club, she completely throws herself into training to become a fighter. Olivia (Bella Thorne) is the club’s most notorious fighter, and now rival of Anna, who challenges her to a fight. Anna is not only fighting for her dignity, but for the good of the club, as Olivia desires to take over and change everything the club was founded on. Anna has a lot on her plate and the odds are against her, but she isn’t done fighting.
CHICK FIGHT Is Not Afraid To Be Unladylike In Its Approach
CHICK FIGHT (2020)
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The chemistry of this ensemble is fun and energetic. The dynamic of this taboo territory--a place where women can punch each other and still be friends, just in the way men do, is cathartic to watch unfold. The women characters discuss sex in a vulgar manner, resemblent of a boys night, and this is completely cathartic too. Women can be sexy, tough, violent, and horny just as much as men and become a better person because of it. There are many funny one-liners and a few other moments of comedic relief. Alec Baldwin is a forgettable drunk, but the other secondary characters are diverse and unique enough to make up for it.
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The music is fun and upbeat with a few moments when the carefully chosen lyrics are a perfect match for the scene. Although, the real reason for the full popcorn rating is the sound effects throughout the fight scenes because they are incredibly well done. The sounds of the punches make the fighting more intense and had me cringing and cheering all the same.
There are many fight sequences throughout this runtime, obviously, and I did not get tired of them one bit. The choreography of the fights is intense and fierce. The slow-motion clips throughout the fight scenes accent the brawls perfectly to show off the hard-hitting and often bloody punches. There is nothing delicate about it. The best part though is that these women are not sexualized--this is no jello fight in a kiddie pool for spectators to gaze upon.
I loved Chick Fight, and if you give it an open-minded chance, you will too. Watching was an absolutely cathartic experience for me. See ya later--I’m gonna go punch something!
CHICK FIGHT - In Theaters, Digital & VOD (11.13.20)