Throwback Thursday (February 28) – Fight Club

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

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  • Pick any bookish or literary-related media (or non-media item) released more than 5 years ago.
  • Write up a short summary (include the title, author, and cover art, if applicable) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
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My Throwback this week is…

Fight Club (1999) starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter

Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk

I had a hard day. This movie seemed appropriate. [Warning: This film is rated R, and contains alllll sorts of mature content – drugs, sex, violence, language. Please consider that when determining whether or not to watch it.]

I remember the first time I saw Fight Club. I was in college, and still trying to figure out exactly what my taste was. I watched chick flicks and action movies and Deep and Serious Films (spoiler: I didn’t wind up too keen on Deep and Serious Films). This movie was different from anything I’d seen. I wasn’t sure how to classify it. All I knew was that I loved it.

Fight Club follows an unnamed narrator (Norton) who starts faking ailments so he can crash various support groups as a cure for his insomnia. At one of these groups, he meets Marla (Bonham Carter), who is also crashing. They agree to stay away from each other. The narrator also crosses paths with Tyler Durden (Pitt), a businessman he met on an airplane, and they become friends. One night, outside a bar, Tyler tells the narrator to hit him. And he does. And they draw a crowd of other men who want to hit and be hit, and thus Fight Club is born. Tyler and the narrator also both develop a complicated relationship with Marla. Meanwhile, fight clubs have been spreading all across the country, and have morphed into an anti-materialist organization called Project Mayhem, whose exploits quickly escalate from misdemeanors into dangerous territory. The narrator has second thoughts, but Tyler is gung-ho, and their differing stances ultimately clash in an explosive and mind-bending final confrontation.

I will admit, I haven’t read the book, although I’ve meant to for years. I think the story is incredible, and honestly, I feel like not a month goes by where neither my husband nor I reference the rules of Fight Club. It’s one of those movies I don’t watch often, but when I do, it blows me away every time. If you’ve never seen it and like mind-bendy violent movies, check it out.*

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*With, of course, the stipulation that if you are under 17, this will not cause angst between you and your parents, as it would have with mine if I had watched this as a young teen. I don’t want to be the cause of your family trauma.

2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday (February 28) – Fight Club

  1. I love this movie. I’ve been meaning to give it a re-watch since it’s been a while. I made it through the book, but there is something about Chuck Palahniuk’s works that I can’t get into. There always seems to be a weird unreality thing going on that I will totally accept in movies, but not in books.

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