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WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
When Anna Wyncomb is introduced to an underground, all-female fight club, she discovers she is much more personally connected to the club's history than she could ever imagine.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
You know those movies that you have figured out within the first 10 seconds? That's what this is – a chick flick that follows every cliché in the book so closely that I was ten steps ahead of the film the entire time.
This may sound like I'm complaining, and a large part of me is, but there's also something very comforting about sitting down to a good chick flick. You can recognise it from the very first scene, the opening music, the first line – you're introduced to your protagonist at the beginning along with her long list of problems (they always have a long list of problems).
In this film, the lead is taken by Malin Akerman, who plays Anna.
Anna runs her own business but is struck by tragedy when it burns down in a freak accident. She's also still dealing with her mother's death while seeking solace in the arms of her dad.
Next, like every predictable comedy out there, we're introduced to the sassy Black friend. The one who carries the entire weight of the film really; who's there to balance out the tragic, with a bit of funny. In Chick Fight, that role is taken on by Dulcé Sloan. Side note: we love Dulcé, and her performance is exquisite.
Other characters include the random hot doctor who our lead falls for after seeing him only twice while in a barely conscious state, as well as the arch-rival, Olivia, played by Bella Thorne, and the washed-up coach (Alec Baldwin) who has to get Anna in tip-top shape for her fight – dramatic training montage included.
What did I tell you? Littered with clichés.
Still, if you're into chick flicks, you'll probably find this one entertaining too. This formula is, after all, what keeps fans coming back for more.
At just over one hour and thirty minutes in running time, the film also hits that sweet spot of being just long enough to allow the plot to unravel in a manner that does not feel rushed while being short enough to keep you entertained to the very end before any hint of boredom sets in.
Some more positives? I'm always here for a film with strong female leads, and Chick Fight provides that. The acting is believable, those fight scenes are epic, and the characters are easy to fall in love with.
The movie also highlights and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community, having fun with the storyline but not leaning too heavily on stereotypes often linked to sexuality in films.
Give this one a pass if you're looking for ground-breaking cinema with plot twists that will leave you gasping. Otherwise, if you're looking for something fun to watch with friends or family, Chick Fight has got you covered.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: