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Fight Club

  R HD Closed Captioning

David Fincher

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Plot Summary

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac (Edward Norton) and a slippery soap salesman (Brad Pitt) channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Together they create a new "fight club" where young men come to relieve their frustrations by beating each other to a pulp. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until a sensuous eccentric (Helena Bonham Carter) gets in the way and ignites an out-of control spiral toward oblivion.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 162
  • Fresh: 128
  • Rotten: 34
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It is working American Beauty-Susan Faludi territory, that illiberal, impious, inarticulate fringe that threatens the smug American center with an anger that cannot explain itself, can act out its frustrations only in inexplicable violence. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Apr 22, 2013

Fresh: [A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie... – David Rooney, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Extremely funny, surprisingly well-acted, and boldly designed -- at least until its steel-and-chrome souffle falls apart. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: We're meant to take the male bonding and the blood rituals as a protest against the sterility of corporate life and modern design, but Fincher's sadomasochistic kicks overwhelm any possible social critique. – David Denby, New Yorker, Apr 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews

This is Jack's movie review

I will admit that when I first heard of Fight Club back in 1999, I was not at all interested, what could possibly be interesting in a movie about some guys hitting each other, right? And I don't mind admitting I was wrong. This movie is NOT about some guys fighting in a basement. This is about "not being the rock stars and movie stars they promised we were going to be". This is about the ability to find meaning in the strangest of places. This movie may very well be one of the smartest things produced by Hollywood in the 90's. A lot of philosophy masked in catchy phrases. Give this movie a shot, you won't regret it.

the best film i've ever seen

almost every line could be used as a quote. this movie isn't just a movie. it's a lifestyle.

Do you know Tyler Durden?

I'm not going to lie to you. I love this movie. I saw it for the first time ever last summer (2007) and in one month alone, watched it 32 times. I've seen it just over 60 times altogether, I've read the book 12 times, and I own a copy of the screenplay. The movie is fantastic not just because it has a great story, great characters, and two of the most incredible actors of all time, but because it has a message. We meet the narrator, a thirty-something worker for a car company, and find out that he has insomnia. He is completely dissatisfied with life, and tries to fill the void by buying things that he feels define him as a person. That complete him. It's only once he meets a "single-serving friend" named Tyler Durden (under some very odd circumstances) that he realizes that buying things he doesn't need is not the answer. Tyler explains that society as a whole has become nothing but one mass consumer organization obsessed with celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, designer clothing, and materialism in general. So him and Tyler start up a group that is used to express their hate for the world around them and the fact that no matter how hard you work, everything you accomplish will eventually be forgotten. A club that uses violence as a form of psychotherapy. A fight club. Tyler, however, has bigger plans. Tyler wants to bring society into the next Ice Age. The only possible way this can be done? By moving fight club out of the basement and turning it into Project Mayhem... This is based on the first book that Chuck Palahniuk ever got published. It was also Jim Uhls' first screenplay, and amazingly, Chuck actually liked the ending of the movie better than what he wrote for the book. You won't be missing out on anything if you haven't read the book either, because this is a rare case in which the movie is just as good as the book for its own reasons and vice-versa. Highly recommended. 5 out of 5.

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