VOD REVIEW: Chick Fight packs a familiar, energetic punch

I’m starting to really love seeing Malin Akerman’s name in a credit sequence. She is a force to be reckoned with, and since her time on the interesting HBO show Billions, she’s shown huge range.

With Chick Fight, she further proves that she can do just about anything. This feminist, hilarious riff on my favourite flick ever, Fight Club, sees a group of women enjoying an underground, all-female fighting ring.

Anna is seeing her life crumble when her coffee shop burns down, leaving her with nothing. But she’s introduced to the club her mother founded, and becomes connected to a huge, loving group of women.

As she begins with a new trainer, tries to woo a doctor, and faces a worthy adversary in a scrappy fighter named Olivia, she finds her life transformed for the better.

Akerman, in short, kicks ass here, and she’s so much fun. Bella Thorne is totally in a different element as our antagonist here, and the hilarious Alec Baldwin is a treat as the drunken trainer.

Throw in Entourage’s Kevin Connolly as the doctor, and some lovely performances from Kevin Nash and Fortune Feimster, this is one heck of a movie.

But please, for the love of God, give me more Dulce Sloan, who is hilarious as a lesbian cop and Akerman’s best friend. She is so, so funny and deserves some larger roles very soon.

Chick Fight may be a pretty straight-forward endeavour, and it offers no surprises, but director Paul Leyden’s film, led by the fearless Akerman, is enough to warrant a rainy Sunday afternoon recommendation.

3.5/5 Stars

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