This one did, despite featuring Edward Norton, and a Brad Pitt at the peak of his popularity, in leading roles. Two decades on, viewers still debate the merits of Fight Club: Is it an astute critique of consumerism, or a hymn to toxic masculinity? And in fact its nameless main character, played by Norton, appears to be a familiar comic type—the hapless office worker, stuck low on the workplace totem pole, bored with his job and afraid of his boss. At one of these sessions, he meets Marla Singer Helena Bonham Carterwho becomes his love interest of sorts—a black-clad, chain-smoking figure as muddled and self-destructive as himself.
A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
Positive Messages The plot is pretty much an album of calculated, anti-social acts, from pointless brawls and hazing to impersonating leukemia victims and organized vandalism sprees, all explained as rebellion against a desolate consumer society.
Meets female lead character at cancer support group meetings, where they both go to vicariously observe the suffering of others.
Lead character begins to believe that fighting is a solution to the emasculation of contemporary society, which leads to vandalism and more extreme acts of terrorism. Violence As the title implies, frequent fighting between men, under the pretense of reclaiming their masculinity and getting in touch with the primal in a sterile consumer society.
Faces beaten and bruised, including one man's face beaten until pulpy and covered in blood.
Members of the "fight club" are told to start a fight with a total stranger in public. Threats of and actual suicide by gun to mouth. Car crash after character stops steering and allows the car to careen into oncoming traffic before crashing into a ditch.
Graphic scene in which scalding acid is burned on character's hand as a test of strength as the character screams and writhes in intense pain. Character has visions of a plane crash. Skyscrapers detonated by planted explosives.
Sex Two characters have loud and passionate sex. Nudity: Female breasts, male buttocks.
The female character says she "hasn't been f--ked like that since grade school. While working as a projectionist in a movie theater, one of the characters splices in frames of pornography into family entertainment, one frame shots of penises; this is done in the actual movie at the very end.
Reference to sex toys.
Language After sex, a female character says she has "not been fked like that since grade school. Consumerism Addresses and satirizes materialism and commercialism, and how consumer culture is, for many Americans, linked to self esteem.
References to Starbucks. One of the characters orders from an Ikea catalog. Characters drink Busch beer. Cigarette smoking. Scenes in bars.
While threatening suicide, a woman talks of being high on Xanax. What parents need to know Parents need to know that Fight Club is the movie based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel in which Edward Norton plays an insomniac office worker who meets his masculine ideal opposite with whom he begins to get in touch with his primal self as well as a desire to sabotage consumer culture.
There's also frequent profanity, nudity, smoking, and drinking. Stay up to date on new reviews.
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