He lives his life, drudging through the dull minutia of modern existence, the very representation of the middle-class Single White American Male(tm) in the late 90s. His running narrator's commentary on social norms and expectations provides the lens through which our story examines the society we live in, and the inherent futility of our banal day-to-day lives.
He feels empty on the inside, and not even material goods bring him any comfort anymore.
His boring, workaday life, however, is punctuated by an individual who's, frankly, difficult to describe.
He's an iconoclast, he's a rebel, he questions the system and attempts to take it down from within.
You might describe him as self-employed, although that wouldn't be quite right as it's not clear exactly what he does for a living.
He's held a number of odd jobs throughout the years, but he mostly exists in the world of our hero.
His friend wears vintage clothing and smokes constantly. He's also been known to lie about his name and his origin story is very mysterious.
They live in the same building, and the mysterious confidante recruits eager but confused young men to help him carry out his schemes aimed at solving what he perceives to be society's biggest problems.
Together, these two are like yin and yang- our straightlaced protagonist is brought out of his shell by getting involved in his friend's crazy plans, and the iconoclastic outsider conforms himself to society's norms in order to infiltrate and change the corrupt establishments of oppression on the grassroots level.
Their primal expressions of angst even get physical.
Our hero's life is also complicated by a strangely intimate relationship with a dark-haired woman who exhibits odd behaviors.
Their relationship is further complicated by the fact that both of them have lots of psychological and sexual hangups and issues.
Either way, it's clear our hero has feelings for her, and as the story progresses, the complicated dance of their relationship provides both dramatic tension and comedic release. Especially when her sexual dalliances begin to involve his mysterious friend.
Overall, this 90s pop culture gem holds a mirror up to society and offers a unique perspective that hadn't been seen in the media before and hasn't been replicated since.
And that's why Fight Club is one of my favorite movies.