Slumpy - Right-On Film Reviews

Monday, 28 January 2013

The Foot Fist Way (2006)

In 7 words or less: King of the Demo...Tae-Kwon-Do that is

What's it all About? Fred Simmons (McBride) runs a Tae Kwon Do school but not everything is hunky dory. His marriage is on the rocks his self confidence is shot and his martial arts hero is a turns out to be tool. 

Best bits? When Fred tries selling his car there's a good little back and forth with the prospective buyer.

Did it make you think thoughts? Sure did. I always thought I liked Danny McBride but I've discovered I'm not really a fan. Cameos in Superbad, Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder (all rubbish films btw) all made me laugh but recent appearances in Your Highness and 30 Minutes or Less made me cringe. With this in mind I thought if I delved into his back catalogue I might find a gem and added to this I'd heard good things about Foot Fist. Sadly it was not to be. This is just a poorly made, unfunny film that has no real redeeming qualities.
'I will beat your ass little kid'
I think the film makers were going for a Napoleon Dynamite vibe with a kooky off beat lead character and not much plot. It that was the case it worked but it's now also made me question whether or not I should re-watch the aforementioned ND as maybe I'll now think that is turd as well. 

The film flip flops between Fred being an inept joke of an instructor to him being competent and worthy of his skills. Strange. Ultimately I just didn't get it. What I mean to say is, I understood what was happening on the screen but I didn't understand what the point of it all was or what the film makers were trying to achieve. 
'Your Kung Fu is weak'
Would you watch it again? No. 

Rating (out of 100%): This falls down on the main concept of what a comedy should be. It's just not funny. I give The Foot Fist Way a two-footed 32%

Worse than: Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby (2006)
As good as: Beverley Hills Ninja (1997)

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