October 17, 2009

#043: The Foot Fist Way

     The Foot Fist Way is a small, low-budget comedy that came out in 2008 starring Danny McBride as an over confident taekwondo instructor. If you have seen Napolean Dynamite, this is basically an entire film about that Rex-kwondo guy. In fact, this movie bares a strong resemblance to Napolean Dynamite. It is almost like a mash-up of The Office and Napolean Dynamite... with saltier language. Fred Simmons, our main character, shares characteristics with all of our favorite office personalities: Andy, Dwight, & Michael. Just think of them all put together, and then imagine that person trying to act like Will Ferrell. If you think that sounds like it would be funny, then you might want to check out Foot Fist Way at some point. However, don't get your hopes up too high. I did find it to be pretty funny. All of the humor comes from the performance of McBride. The plot is only there to take us from one uncomfortable or ridiculous scene to the next. Some of the acting by secondary characters is bad, but overall wasn't too distracting. While I liked what it was trying to do, and found some individual scenes to be really humorous, this film just didn't come together for me as a whole. I can't really put my finger on it, but it just seemed messy to me. After watching it I saw that it was shot in 19 days, and that makes a lot of sense. It has a quick, thrown together feel to it. This is one of those movies that surely will have a cult following. A group of friends will quote this movie and laugh heartily. They will remember it being much funnier than what it actually was.
This post is short and sweet, but I don't really have much else to say about it. The Foot Fist Way has enough funny scenes to be worth watching. But be aware that some people(girls), may find it completely stupid.


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