Director: Richie Keen
Starring: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan
Written by Louie Fecou
At the last day of high school, seniors have prank day on their teachers. In this particular school. the pupils have lifted their game. Meanwhile, said teachers are facing redundancies and are worried about their positions. You laughing yet?
One ultra violent teacher, Ice Cube, is feared by all and sundry, and after brandishing a fire axe in the class room, due to a prank, destroys a pupils desk with said weapon. Anything yet? Even a smile?
English teacher Charlie Day gets involved, and to save his own job rats Ice Cube out. Ice Cube then of course challenges Charlie to a Fist Fight. Charlie has a pregnant wife, and a annoying daughter that he has to appear with at her school talent show, while trying to avoid Ice Cube, the pranks and losing his job. This is a mess of a movie.
Charlie Day annoyed me by constantly whining his lines from start to finish, and you wonder how any of the staff at this school got their jobs in the first place.
The humor is shallow, the set pieces are weak, the story is nonsensical and the whole thing looks and sounds terrible.
The inevitable fist fight at the end of the movie seems to project the feeling that violence and threat are ok and if you want to be the good guy you have to be able to take a beating, and give as good as you get.
I got the feeling they were trying for a John Hughes style flick here, but unlike Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller, this film has no heart and no soul. The laughs are badly judged and the performances terrible. I know this will find an audience, but it certainly wasn’t made for me. It was like an extended episode of Workaholics, without the laughs. Basically, unfunny and awkward, but hey what do I know?