THE FIGHT – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Comic actor Jessica Hynes makes an astonishing directorial debut with The Fight, an unpin-down-able little movie that is disconcerting on many levels… perhaps the first of which is that Hynes, who also stars, isn’t funny in it. (Hynes also wrote The Fight’s script; she’s written lots of stuff before, perhaps most notably the 1999–2001 sitcom Spaced, one of the best TV shows ever made, in which she starred with her cowriter, Simon Pegg; this was back when she was known as Jessica Stevenson.) For this is a movie about anger and resentment, and not in any light or easily dismissable way; it’s about how negative emotion festers, how it gets perpetuated, how it eats you up. Movies are often subtextually about such things; see: every action movie with a stoic yet wrathful male protagonist out for vengeance. The Fight, on the other hand, is that rarest of cinematic beasts: a movie overtly about women’s anger. Which you’d hardly ever know was a thing, if you were studying humanity from our pop culture. Continue reading…

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).