Slick Production (for the older guys)
Fight Club does a pretty smart job of staying relevant nearly 20 years after release. We are no longer living in the world of 1999 but there's very little that feels different now. It was something of a minor miracle that this film was even made. It's an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, anarchistic orgy of violent masculinity turned self-help seminar. It's a bit masculist too and I'v yet to meet a woman who has enjoyed it but I'm sure they are out there. Frankly, it mocks so much (in ways both satirical and silly) about modern life from "the IKEA nesting instinct" to organized religion to corporate America that it's no wonder it did not do well in theatres on release. It's an R, which certainly detracts from box office gross. It's very violent. Characters bareknuckle box one another until bones crack and blood spills in the name of male empowerment. It's also laced with lots of language (most of the usual culprits from F*#$ to Sh*#) and a few scenes of sex and nudity. This one is certainly for older teens (mature ones at best) but content aside the movie is extremely slick in production and execution which makes it stand up to scrutiny today in ways that a lot of 90s films do not. There's a lot of mid-depth philosophy on remaking one's self but I enjoy the film for some excellent performances by the 3 leads and the cleverly teased out story told in gritty, washed out, celluloid glory.