Fight Club

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

(Only partial summary film not seen in its entirety)

Edward Nortons central, yet unnamed, character narrates a story of violent self-destruction with the misguided hope of redemption. Norton has all the trappings of a successful life a good job, a high rise condo, designer clothes and furniture yet he is miserable. He cant sleep, has little motivation, even less excitement, and absolutely no energy. That is until he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Norton has tried self-help groups of all kinds, but the psychological fixes wear off quickly. Tyler offers a new life, a kind of redemption. And that redemption comes from Fight Club, where men recover their lost masculine souls. They experience intense pain for a few moments but in the pain they are born again. Or so the story goes. FIGHT CLUB has the strength of two of Hollywoods brightest and best, Pitt and Norton, in addition to a mesmerizing screenplay. However, beware of disturbing, sadistic violence and extreme anti-social behavior in this dark satire.

Tylers little tidbits of wisdom, like the things you own end up owning you, come originally from ideas expressed by Jesus Christ. But the redemption found in Fight Club cannot compare with that found in Christ. Fight Club is a sado-masochistic venue to physical self-destruction and offers no real hope to its members. The film became so graphic that this reviewer walked out. So any redeeming values which might have surfaced near the end were missed. Suffice it to say, however, that blood flows freely as men beat each other to a bloody pulp like pit bulls in an illegal dog fight. And along with the blood bath comes a river of obscenities. Also, violent sex, manifested by screams and shaking floorboards in Tylers house, is evidently part of this new life through pain. Reminiscent of PULP FICTION, any redemptive messages in FIGHT CLUB are obscured by the satirical exploitation of gory violence, seedy sex and highly offensive language. [Ed. note - Because our reviewer left earlier, a reader informed us that a male genital is seen near the end, which adds one more objectionable element]

Preview Reviewer: Cliff McNeely
Fox Searchlight, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (13+)times Mild 1, Moderate 12

Obscene Language: Many (40+)times F-word 28, s-word 9, other 3

Profanity: Several (8+)times Regular 4 (for C sake 1, JC 1, G 1, GD 1); Exclamatory 4 (Oh G 2, My G 1, OMG 1)

Violence: Many times Severe and exploitative (gun threat in mouth; sadistic fights for fun-excessive blood, broken bones, etc; man pulls tooth out with fingers, intentional chemical burn on hand, man bleeds profusely from face and vomits on another man after fight, man beats/cuts himself up)

Sex: Several times sounds and floor shaking from violent sex but no nudity

Nudity: Few times - brief (breast nudity in adult film clip, breast nudity and sexual images in dream)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: References to men growing breasts, intercourse and adult movies, sexual toys, self-gratification, male genitals)

Drugs: Smoking and drinking in night clubs, woman overdoses on prescription drugs.

Other: Twisted messages of human redemption, anti-consumerism message, man urinates in food at restaurant, men make soap from human fat-disgusting scene, man checks womans breasts for lumps

Running Time: 139 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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