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This film will be more enjoyable for those who see it first and then read this analysis because like The Sixth Sense or The Crying Game Fight Club has a secret which this discussion will reveal As does Natural Born Killers wwwgeomaticskthsesjoberghomepagenbkhtm this film addresses morality and society by using the motif of violence But like that film it is not primarily about violence any more than Dog Day Afternoon is about bank robbery Nonetheless Fight Club wwwfoxmoviescomfightclub will inspire wringing of hands as critics and commentators call it a mirror held up to an empty and tormented contemporary consciousness This is a misinterpretation and not the central point of the film Prima facie Fight Club is also about masculinity but with the crucial proviso that it is about masculinity among a specific class of American men the burgeoning stratum of service or gray-collar workers There was a time when blue-collar workers could invest in a kind of honor and mythology of hard physical work but the world has changed as one Bruce Springsteen song laments wwwmusicaorgletrasing1Y19049htm and now former steelworkers are parking cars waiting tables and watching security monitors They have not even the solace of big muscles and the solidarity of unions from which to construct their identities and with which to salve their bruised egos And as a character says in the film they lack a great cause like a war or depression in which to test themselves With nihilistic aphorisms and near-poetry the story is told by the narrator Edward Norton wwwwashingtonpostcomwp-srvstylemoviesoscarsedwardnortonhtm whose name we never learn although he has aliases Call him Jack After suffering from insomnia for sixth months and developing a dependence on a comically wide array of support groups testicular cancer brain parasites tuberculosis and various 12-step groups Jack first encounters another faker at the support groups a derelict young predator named Marla Singer Helena Bonham Carter wwwwashingtonpostcomwp-srvstylelongtermfilmgrphhelenabonhamcarterhtm and soon after an alter ego
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