I am Jack’s Intriguing Movie Theory

Edit: This post deals with a theory about the movie Fight Club. In discussing the theory, the ending is revealed (after the jump). If you haven’t watched Fight Club… well, why haven’t you? But you may want to avoid reading this until you have.

As someone who has an outside-the-norm view on a few movies, I really enjoyed reading this interpretation of Fight Club. It’s almost seven years old, but it was new to me, and I thought it was great.

The idea is that the movie Fight Club is a continuation of the Calvin & Hobbes comic strips, some 15-20 years later. The author offers a lot of great comparisons, and overall it’s very enjoyable reading.

The one point that I got caught up on was an overlooked distinction between Hobbes and Tyler Durden: Whereas Tyler was purely imaginary (his actions were really “Jack’s” actions), Hobbes wasn’t 100% imaginary. He was a stuffed animal who came to life (in Calvin’s mind anyway):

An image of Hobbes the stuffed animal.

Does this hurt the theory or add to it? The latter, I think. The notion that Calvin got made fun of in 7th grade would only be that much worse if he had a stuffed animal that came to life. So when the imaginary friend (Tyler Durden) comes back with a vengeance, avoiding a real manifestation for Tyler would make sense in Calvin’s / Jack’s troubled psyche.

Maybe it’s putting too much thought into Fight Club… but those are the types of movie theories I love! I hope you enjoy it.

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  1. On February 20th, 2008 at 10:21 pm, julian said:

    Ah ha ha, that’s awesome. I love Calvin & Hobbes. Thanks!

  2. On February 21st, 2008 at 9:25 am, Eric said:

    Spoiler alert!

  3. On February 21st, 2008 at 10:19 am, zsz said:

    Oops, good point. I guess I should modify the post for people who have never seen Fight Club.

    But you can’t enjoy the theory if you haven’t seen it. Honestly.

  4. On February 22nd, 2008 at 10:13 pm, Vince said:

    I knew there was something about that movie that I was connecting to on a deeper level. I always thought it was because I, too, have an imaginary friend that tells me to destroy things. But now I know it’s just my deep seeded love for Calvin and Hobbes.

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