Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club

This week on Alcohollywood, our Disney princess Cherish joins us as we hit you as hard as we can with our review and drinking game of 1999’s cult hit Fight Club! This adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name follows an unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) who finds a release from his disaffected, postmodern life by falling in with radical soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Together, they create fight clubs and rebel against the establishment, all the time creating something even more dangerous. In the meantime, the narrator learns more about himself and his relationship with an aimless, misanthropic drifter (Helena Bonham Carter).

David Fincher’s gritty-yet-slick style, combined with great cinematography, deft scripting and a dynamic electronic score from the Dust Brothers help make this a greatly watchable dark comedy/thriller with a wonderful sense of pulp complexity. Meanwhile, we’ve got our signature cocktail and drinking rules – check ‘em out!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Fighting Irish Spring

fight club cocktail

2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
2 cups Irish cream
½ cup milk
1 bar white chocolate (optionally Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Cream)
1 cup espresso vodka
½ cup green crème de menthe
1 cup Irish whiskey
Crushed peppermint candies

Prepare gelatin as directed on package. Heat up cream, milk, and chocolate until fully combined, pour into bowl with gelatin and fold to combine. After that, add whiskey, crème de menthe and peppermints. Pour into soap bar molds or small rectangular containers and keep in fridge for 2-3 hours until solid. (Makes 6-7 bars.)

DRINKING RULES FOR FIGHT CLUB:

  1. Whenever someone talks about Fight Club.
  2. Whenever someone talks about Fight Club.
  3. Every time the film points out it’s a film (you see film splices, characters talk to the camera, etc.)
  4. Any time you see stimulants (coffee, cigarettes, etc.)

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

The narrator (Edward Norton) turns to Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) and says, “You met me at a very strange time in my life.”

Next week, Connickuh comes once again as we take to the sea with the Harry Connick Jr. vehicle Dolphin Tale!

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