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Fight Club

Fight Club (1996) is a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, in which an unnamed protagonist struggles with the commercialization of American culture and male disenfranchisement through fighting.

Fight Club (1999) is a movie based on this book. It is directed by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter, and features an original soundtrack by the Dust Brothers.

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Both the book and the film centre around a nameless protagonist (named in publicity for the movie as 'Jack') who hates his job and is addicted to support groups. Faking dying of terminal disease is the only way that 'Jack' has of relieving his chronic insomnia.

'Jack' works for an unnamed car company, organising recalls on defective models if and only if the cost of the recall is less than the total cost of out-of-court settlements paid to relatives of the deceased. This parallels with the 1970s story of Ford Pinto recalls.

His life changes when he meets Tyler Durden (a soap salesman in the film, a beach artist in the book). After the protagonist's flat is destroyed by an explosion, he asks Tyler if he can stay at his place. Tyler agrees, but asks for one favor: I want you to hit me as hard as you can. The resulting fight in a bar's parking lot attracts more disenchanted males, and the first fight club is born, a new form of self-help group.

Tyler slowly changes the clubs from a fun if brutal sport venue to a breeding ground for revolutionary "space monkeys" who graduate from the club to "Project Mayhem", which forms a growing army that carries out increasingly elaborate attacks on symbols of corporate America. The protagonist finds himself slowly losing control of what he helped create until he realizes that not only is Tyler trying to bring down civilization, but also that Tyler is in fact his night-time split personality. The final battle is between the increasingly frantic "real" protagonist trying to prevent disaster and the shrewd, calculating Tyler who always seems to be one step ahead.

The film was critized for its graphic violence, though only one person is killed. Its highly critical view of consumerism and modern living echoes Naomi Klein's book No Logo and also caused discomfort among some critics. Some elements from the film have found their way into the mainstream, such as the first two [sic] rules of fight club -- You do not talk about fight club -- or the name "Tyler Durden" itself.

Parallels are also drawn between Tyler Durden's vision of the world after his revolution, and the views of Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber. This can be seen in one scene where Tyler talks about abseiling down the Sears Tower in clothes that will last you the rest of your life and hunting elk on abandoned freeways.

The movie appears to take place in Wilmington, Delaware, home to most credit card companies. Tyler's business card includes the Wilmington zip code 19808. Moreover, the cities specifically mentioned in the car-smashing scene are New Castle, Delaware City and Penns Grove, NJ, which are close to Wilmington.

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