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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Be brave, and don't back down from whatever life hands you. "The only thing that separates fear from bravery is one small step." That said, under guise of feminism, movie implies that if women handle their frustrations like men, they'll be better equipped to deal with life's challenges. Also suggests that pummeling another person is therapeutic.
Positive Role Models
Lead character demonstrates resilience. Strong LGBTQ+ representation and ethnic diversity among supporting characters. But movie's title has sexist, demeaning connotations, drumming up stereotypes of women at one another's throats (over a man, to boot).
Violence & Scariness
Organized ring fighting among women includes punching, shoving, kicking, and body slamming -- much of it accented with a good deal of blood. A couple of bar fights, one of which involves a baseball bat. Bloody, detached ear shown for humor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Raunchy sexual humor, lewd sexual gestures, crude terminology about sex. Lead character agrees to go into a broom closet to start a sexual relationship with a man she hasn't been dating. Suggestions to make money by stripping. Mature content about sex lives of characters in the LGBTQ+ community, including discussing plans to have sex in explicit detail. A man shares details of his sexual activity with a new partner with crass descriptions.
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Extremely strong, frequent strong language, including lots of innuendo about body parts in a sexual context: "ass," "boobs," "bitch," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "poon," "p---y," "s--t," and many uses of "f--k." "Jesus" used as an exclamation. A brown-skinned woman is called "Abu" as a derogatory remark.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heavy drinking throughout, especially one character who drinks excessively all day long. Lead character and top supporting character smoke pot together. Supporting characters are shown smoking cigarettes and cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chick Fight is a female-driven comedy from mostly male filmmakers about an underground women's fight club. The idea is that beating other people up is therapeutic and gives you courage to make bold decisions in life. Under the guise of feminism, the movie suggests that if women handle their frustrations like men, they'll be better equipped to deal with life's challenges. This problematic message is accentuated by the fact that apparently the only person capable of training lead character Anna (Malin Akerman, also a producer) is a grizzled, drunken man (Alec Baldwin). The movie's title also has sexist, demeaning connotations. In addition to heavy drinking, characters smoke pot, cigars, and cigarettes. Extremely raunchy language ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), crude gestures, and explicit sexual details are abundant, but on-camera activity is limited to kissing. One character realizes late in life that he's bisexual. Other than one bar fight to counteract bullies, all the fighting (punching, kicking, body slamming) occurs in the ring -- and it gets bloody. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Adults can figure out whether this funny-but-imperfect film rings their bell, but as a go-girl comedy for teens, Chick Fight doesn't quite make weight. When you're creating a (supposed) female-empowerment film, you can't ask women to lace up the gloves and then also make them the punchline. "Learn to fight, stay in the ring, and beat the s--t out of life" is this film's oft-repeated mantra. As a metaphor, it's a cheer line: Yes! But then the concept gets KO'd. First, there's the message's literal execution, earnestly stating that pummeling another person is therapeutic. Things get further confused by making female fighters a joke. And then there's the demeaning title, which drums up stereotypes of women at each other's throats. While stating that women put on gloves to let off steam or settle a beef ("we fight it out, then we hug it out"), primary characters Anna and Olivia (Bella Thorne) are squabbling about a man (sigh).
The issue could be that men made this film about women. At moments, the lack of an authentic voice is felt. For example, Anna has taken a vow of chastity, but when a male doctor (Kevin Connolly) makes a lewd overture to her, she jumps on him, and they have sex in a hospital broom closet. Is it funny? To a few. Is it straight male fantasy? More likely. Does it completely sell out Anna and her values and beliefs? Absolutely. The raunchy humor doesn't ring true either -- it's not Bridesmaids, it's Beavis and Butthead. It could be that women aren't so much the audience here as the packaging -- after all, who does child-actress-turned-erotica-provacateur Thorne wearing tight, revealing fight gear really appeal to?
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