BY EMILY GAGNE
I have a love/hate relationship with movie fights. They either light up a movie like an overly strung Christmas tree (see: the entirety of Kill Bill Vol. 1), or they drag them down into the most boring depths of big screen hell (see, for me anyway, the Matrix sequels). While 2012 brought its fair share of blockbuster action flicks chock-a-block with villain-on-superhero fisticuffs, none of those could compare to the unconventional, but endlessly entertaining ones found in the following comedies.
3) Ross Rhea and Doug “The Thug” Glatt’s go gloves off in Goon
There’s a reason this scene is featured twice in the Jay Baruchel-co-penned comedy. To quote Baruchel’s foul-mouthed BFF character, “it’s fucking hilarious”! In the blood and sweat-drenched finale sequence our hero, gentle-hearted, but iron-fisted Halifax Highlanders goon Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Seann Williams Scott), takes on one of his all-time heroes, famously dirty Newfoundland hockey star Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Gloves are thrown, ankles are broken and lips are split, while we and Glatt’s gf (Allison Pill) watch on in utter horror/fascination. It’s every mom’s worst nightmare, every hockey fan’s wet dream and based on a true story!
2) Pitch Perfect‘s girl fight to projectile vom for
I tried oh-so-hard to find some photographic evidence of this particularly gross/awesome scene. Alas, the Interwebs is surprisingly bare when it comes to Pitch Perfect screenshots (I guess the DVD did just come out). Whatever the case, this fight, a memorable bitchfest between all-girl acapella group The Bellas, has to be seen to be believed. I believe this is the only movie of 2012 that can claim to feature a forever-whispering co-ed making a puke snow angel.
1) The graveyard showdown in Seven Psychopaths
To explain the guns-blazing-over-graves climax of Seven Psychopaths would be to ruin it. But I will say that it features almost every person in the marvelously meta Martin McDonagh comedy, including a bunny-toting Tom Waits, Christopher Walken jumping out of a coffin and a cutting jab at Mickey Rourke. And it’s all narrated by the glorious Sam Rockwell.