Chick Fight

Movie review by
Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Bawdy brawling comedy has drug use, crude language.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

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.  

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism
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. 

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDebily May 16, 2021

Waste of time

Awful acting, overly crude and sexual with the dialogue. Granted there are no actual sex scenes, the commentary throughout the movie is vile. Take the sex talk... Continue reading
Parent Written byK in cali December 20, 2020

Awful movie focused more on graphic homosexual jokes

No family should watch this. It focuses more on graphic, not funny homosexual jokes and lacks a story. Very offensive to straight and LGBTQ people. Very poor... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycupcake22 February 14, 2021

What's the story?

In CHICK FIGHT, as her financial struggles grow, Anna (Malin Akerman) is feeling a growing sense of hopelessness. Then her best friend, Charleen (Dulcé Sloan), introduces her to a therapeutic solution: punching out her frustrations in an all-woman fight club. 

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?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Chick Fight's messages. What rings true? What doesn't? Is "fighting" intended to be a metaphor -- or do you think they mean it literally?

  • Is this a feminist film? Do you think male filmmakers can tell a story about women authentically? What about the other way around? Why, or why not? Are there exceptions?

  • How are drug use and drinking portrayed in the film? Is substance use glamorized? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?

  • What positive representations did you notice in the film? Why is it important to see characters from different walks of life in movies and on TV? Can crude behavior detract from a character's effectiveness at representing a marginalized group?

  • Considering that nearly all of the film's violence is in a controlled atmosphere, would you consider this a "violent" movie? Do you think it glamorizes violence toward women?

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