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Bar Fight!

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Breakup comedy has clichés, drinking, sex, swearing.

Movie NR 2022 84 minutes
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This comedy is an hour and 24 minutes long, but it feels like two given how aggressively not funny it is. Bar Fight! feels more like a sitcom, with the types of characters you'd find in Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Grand Crew, two shows that do the ensemble comedy thing much better and more successfully than this film does.

While most of the characters are just fine -- if thinly developed -- Nina's best friend, Chelsea (Rachel Bloom), is very grating. She seems to hate being married and having children and aggressively wants her friend to have a rip-roaring sex life so that she can live vicariously through her. Between how the character was written and Bloom's acting choices, Chelsea comes off as a real problem area for the film. It makes no sense that someone like Nina -- who isn't sexually aggressive or rude -- would have her as a best friend. Also bizarre is how the film decides to call out the fact that Allen's best friend, Milan (Julian Gant), is, indeed fulfilling the tired "Black sidekick" cliché. With Milan breaking the fourth wall in a sense by accusing Allen of thinking of him in such a way, it begs the question as to why the character wasn't written differently in the first place. Bottom line? Bar Fight! isn't worth fighting for.

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