Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 29, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fight Club

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
139 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/15/99
performer
Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Jared Leto, Meat Loaf
director
David Fincher
distributor
Fox 2000 Pictures
author
Jim Uhls
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an D

David Fincher’s brutal shock show floats the idiotic premise that a modern-day onslaught of girly pop-cultural destinations (including IKEA and support groups) has resulted in a generation of spongy young men unable to express themselves as fully erect males. And that the remedy lies in beating the crap out of each other. Brad Pitt stars as a brute who introduces a nameless company man (Edward Norton) to the catharsis of slugging and stomping. If, as Fincher has said, this is supposed to be funny, then the joke’s on us. D

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