Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Never Back Down

The first rule of High School Fight Club is never talk about High School Fight Club.

The second rule of of High School Fight Club is....ah fuck it. Let's talk about High School Fight Club.

I was given a recommendation for this film by a dude I know who smells like a wet dog. He knows that I like "bad" films. Like we all know Road House is a shitty film, but it's an awesome way to spend an hour and a half. Same thing with cinematic pieces of crap like Best of the Best. It won't win any awards...well, maybe a Razzie. But it'll sure be a fun ride. I was told that this film was in that vein.

It's about a hot-headed kid who moves to that tough town called Orlando (seriously?) and winds up embroiled in an underground fight club with just about the douchiest kid you ever did see. It was like a sequel to Troy with a young Eric Bana fighting a young Brad Pitt. But, ya know...without even the lame charisma that those two stars brought to the screen in that flop-o-rama.

Seems that boring Eric Bana lookalike guy has a bit of a temper. He is like Marty McFly in the sequels to Back to the Future. Except instead of going nuts when someone calls him yellow (really?), his trigger is any knock against his drunk and dead father. I understand that last item was a bit vague. I guess he was drunk before he was dead, but you get the picture.

And he's got a crush against the crushiest girl in school. She looks way hotter than Brooke Hogan. I only mention Brooke Hogan because I think the Hogans are from Orlando. Or somewhere in Florida. I really don't know. Florida, besides the Keys, is a mystery to me. It looks like it is warm down there, but so is Hell. And I don't want to go to Hell. Well, not yet.

So this Brad Pitt dude kicks his ass in a backyard brawl. And young Eric Bana wants to pay him back in spades, so he starts taking lessons with a Mixed Martial Arts teacher. And he looks surprisingly like Djimon Hounsou. Hey wait...it is Djimon Hounsou! Guess he needed some money to buy Kimora Lee some new makeup. We are all whores, aren't we Djimon?

The rest of the film plays out like the classic kung fu flicks of yore. Which is why it is awesome, with a capital A! Douchey good guy gets his ass kicked by douchey bad guy then he picks up a spunky (and douchey) sidekick and trains with a martial arts GOD so that he can return the ass kicking to the douchey guy. It all has to lead up to that. But he has to learn a lesson in there somewhere, right?

Well, not from what I could see. Apparently if you train for a few weeks with an annoying ginger kid and roll around the floor with Djimon Hounsou for a while then you can beat the douchiest kid in school in a backyard brawl. There is even one silly scene when the race like Rocky and Apollo from Rocky III. That surely helped.

So do I recommend this film? Not really. I don't know. Was Karate Kid worth it? Was any of it's imitators? I mean, I enjoyed it. Much like I enjoy softcore porn or low-proof beer. It will get you where you are going, but it's gonna take you a long time getting there. Unless you are generally into that kinda thing. Which I am. Mostly*.

*Not the low-proof beer. That shit is a waste of time.

10 comments:

Faiqa said...

Telling me that a young Eric Bana and Brad Pitt are in this movie is a contraindication to telling me NOT to watch it. Did they have there shirts off for five minutes or more? It's going in my NetFlix cue, then.

B.E. Earl said...

@Faiqa - it's an Eric Bana/Brad Pitt mastubatory fantasy. Shot 15 years ago. Enjoy!

Avitable said...

Wait - what's the name of the actual movie? High School Fight Club?

Slyde said...

Telling me that a young Eric Bana and Brad Pitt are in this movie is a contraindication to telling me NOT to watch it. Did they have there shirts off for five minutes or more? It's going in my NetFlix cue, then.

B.E. Earl said...

@Avitable - Never Back Down is the title. It should have been High School Fight Club, because that is what it was.

Slyde - It's fun copying and pasting Faiqa's comments, right? I do it all the time. ;)

Avitable said...

Oh. Ha! I'm a moron.

Faiqa said...

Wait. Why did Slyde copy my comment? Am I really that awesome? Or was that YOU, Earl, trying to make Slyde look silly?

Faiqa said...

And wow. I meant "contraindicative." And "their" not "there."

Drinking and commenting clearly do not mix.

B.E. Earl said...

@Faiqa - big drinker these days, eh? ;)

Faiqa said...

Sshyeah. Isn't Wild Turkey supposed to increase a fetus' IQ? That's what I read, anyway.