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Fist Fight [2017] [R] - 6.6.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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On the last day before summer vacation a mild-mannered high school English teacher (Charlie Day) tries to remain calm during senior pranks and impending job loss. Then he inadvertently offends another teacher (Ice Cube), who demands a schoolyard fight after the closing bell. Also with Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, Jillian Bell and Dean Norris. Directed by Richie Keen. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Two teen boys watch two women (nude from the waist up) on a laptop screen rubbing each other's breasts and nipples and kissing for several seconds. A teen boy sits in a toilet with a laptop in front of him that covers his midsection and groin; his upper body moves rhythmically as if he is masturbating (we do not see any flesh) in three scenes. A man and a woman hug briefly and in a hospital delivery room they kiss briefly.
 Two teen boys mow the outline of a large penis and testicles into an athletic field, get a chalk line drawing machine and make lines coming out the top of the penis to represent semen, and then mow two huge breasts and nipples within the lines to simulate ejaculation onto the breasts. An outline drawing of a penis and testicles is shown on a school whiteboard twice.
 A woman guidance counselor tells a male teacher that a teen boy has flirted with her all year and wants to have sex with her and she lusts after him; on the last day of school, he tells her he is no longer a student and says, "Let's do this" as he stands close to her outside the school and the scene ends (sex is implied off screen).
 A young girl does two pelvic thrusts toward the audience in an elementary school variety show and the camera cuts to three same-age girls looking shocked, and then we see the shocked faces of two women in the audience. Two teen boys stare at the clothed buttocks of girls wearing longish shorts who are bending over away from them.
 A woman wears a tight-fitting dress under an open sweater and we see cleavage. A few high school girls wear mid-thigh length shorts and a few cheerleaders wear skirts that reach to mid-thigh.
 A man tells another man that a boy was masturbating in the washroom. A woman sends fake texts to two men; one text reads, "I'm pregnant," and the other man says that he received a text that someone was being raped (both men become angry briefly).
 In a hospital scene a woman sits on a delivery table, covered by a gown and drape-clothes, grunting and groaning; a doctor reaches under the drape and the camera cuts to her husband a few weeks later, holding the baby at home.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Teen boys, teen girls, and some teachers crowd into a schoolyard to watch two men fight, shouting, cheering and applauding as a fight ensues with bloodshed among loud punches, kicks, head-butts, grappling and choking; one man throws the other man into a wall and a bus and the second man is knocked down a few times, one of the fighters bites his opponent in the thigh (without bloodshed), one man breaks a tennis racket over the other man's head and swings him around in a circle with the handle, one fighter hits his opponent in the head loudly with a thick textbook, the men run into the school and one man jumps down off a locker onto the other man, they smash into a stall in a washroom, they smash into a small car parked in the corridor, and one man is knocked out (his face and nose are covered with streaming and caked blood and both men have some blood around the nose). A fight takes place between a teacher and a huge prisoner in a holding cell; the teacher punches the big man in the stomach, head-butts him and then chokes him unconscious. At the order of a coach, a teen boy punches another teen boy in the jaw and the struck boy falls without blood or bruising evident. A male teacher slaps a teen boy in the face without injury and they argue. A woman punches a man in the jaw and he falls into a wall, shouting in pain, but shows no injury.
 An angry, grimacing male teacher shouts at teenagers in high school several times, points a ball bat at one of them, and grabs a teen boy's cell phone and throws it against a wall breaking it into pieces. A male teacher grimaces at other teachers and shouts at them and they look frightened. A male teacher carries an axe into a classroom, chops a student desk and chair in half, but drops the axe when other adults arrive; teen boys and teen girls run out of the room during the chopping. A man pounds his hand onto a table loudly and slams a door. A man flips a switchblade in close-up and cuts a trip wire rigged by students on "prank day" (we do not see the related prank). A woman twirls a balisong knife in circles and later makes a cutting motion across her throat with a finger and gags.
 Two male teachers are slammed face down onto the hood of a police cruiser and arrested (please see the Substance Use category for more details).
 In a teen boy's imagination, a man hits another man in the head with a ball bat below the frame, a man beats a man who is off-screen with a ball bat or club and then screams into the camera, and a soldier loudly shoots three men who fall off-screen, without bloodshed.
 Teen boys shake a golf cart where a man is sitting. Two teen boys ride an air mattress down a high school staircase. A horse runs through a school corridor; after the end credits, we see the horse run in the hallway and the camera zooms down to the floor to show piles of defecation. In a classroom, a rope snaps around a man, whom we see pulled down a hallway on his back as blue paint splashes onto him several times. A man says that a horse dragged him through a hall. Two teen boys squirt baby oil all over a hallway; a woman teacher skips a little and a man falls flat on his back without serious injury. A car runs into a building, breaking off the bumper.
 A man threatens another man several times, saying: "I'm gonna fight you. I'm gonna kill you." A man yells, "I'm gonna kick your [anatomical term deleted]. I'm gonna kill your [anatomical term deleted]." A teacher tells a teen boy, "I will push your smartphone up your [anatomical term deleted]. I will rip off your head and [scatological term deleted] down your throat." A news headline on a laptop reads that a male teacher will die in a school yard fight. A male teacher tells a class, "The world is going to take down its pants and take a giant [scatological term deleted] on you guys." A man shouts loudly at a school superintendent and principal about teachers being left without the proper tools and backup from the administration. A man says about another man, "He's going to knock the sex out of you." A male teacher yells at new students, "I will kick you into dust."

PROFANITY 10 - About 130 F-words and its derivatives plus an F-word mouthed silently and another yelled for several seconds from a rooftop (about a dozen by a 9-year-old girl in an elementary school variety show), 5 obscene hand gestures (one by a 9-year-old girl), 61 scatological terms, 30 anatomical terms, 34 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, crazy, unhinged, shifty, lame, coward, idiot, pushover, homophobic, snitches, douchebags, fat, dumb, toothpick, worm, sneak, hophead, maniac, bully), exclamations (shut-up, shucks, shoot, yikes), 14 religious profanities (GD), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus Christ, Holy Crap, My God, God, Thank God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man says a horse is using homemade meth (we do not see any drugs), a woman tells a man that she uses meth but not at a high school, a woman pulls out a marijuana cigarette and a lighter (she does not smoke), a woman says that "weed" is not a drug, a man lights and puffs on a marijuana cigarette and tosses it out a window, and a man takes a bag of white powder from a teen boy who says it is molly "Ecstasy" and puts it into another man's briefcase (police arrest him and another man before finding out that the powder is ground-up aspirin). A man smokes a cigarette while playing the piano.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - High school experiences, teacher-student interactions, bullies, senior prank day, maturity, anger management, violence, drug use, how to handle threats, budget cuts, job loss, integrity, courage, dedication, standing up for what is right, being heard, bringing about social change, friendship.

MESSAGE - Teachers need to be solid role models for students and need support to do so.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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