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Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
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Oct 6, 2004 By: Scott Weinberg
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist order
Director:
Steve Oedekerk

Actors:
Steve Oedekerk
Jennifer Tung
Leo Lee

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Steve Oedekerk inserts himself (and a whole lotta retarded sound effects) into a 1970’s martial arts flick - in an effort to make a slapstick spoof on par with Airplane! It’s a failed effort.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Rare is the bald-faced farce that works so hard for so little returns. Oedekerk (the screenwriter behind comedies like Patch Adams, Ace Ventura 2 and The Nutty Professor) must have grown weary of writing gags for other comedians and set off to create himself a comic cult character in the Ace Ventura vein. What Oedekerk failed to realize is that as a comedy star, he's no Jim Carrey. He's not even a Mariah Carey. The gag here is that Oedekerk has inserted himself into a corny old kung-fu flick and re-recorded all of the dialogue with some wacky (I said wacky, not funny) voices and strained attempts at D-grade poopy jokes. Not content to merely spoof an already self-mocking film, Oedekerk also injects his own jokes, most of which involve a talking tongue, a woman with one breast and a cow that knows all the Matrix moves.

Not for a lack of trying, but the hapless Oedekerk manages to make not one iota of it worthy of one good laugh. There’s nothing wrong with a good stupid comedy, but it’s important that the laughs are there. Aside from a few mild smirks at some of the more squishy sound effects, I simply couldn’t find any laughs in this one. Sitting through Kung Pow is a lot like babysitting a hyperactive child who fancies himself the next Carrot Top. You'll be amazed by his non-stop and frantic efforts to get your attention, you may even smile and chuckle politely out of sheer decency, but ultimately you'll either fling the child across the room or simply run screaming from the room.
THE EXTRAS
It’s a little odd how lots of box-office duds receive such elaborate DVD presentations, but heck – if there are fans of this flick somewhere out there, they’re in for a real treat. If you’re a real glutton for punishment, you’ll want to take note of the THREE alternate language tracks. OK, one’s actually a full-length audio commentary with Oedekerk and Producer/Editor Paul Marshal, but you’ll have to sit through the movie to check it out, and that’s an activity I wouldn’t recommend. If two run-throughs aren’t enough, you can then check out the “What Are They Really Saying?” track, which is essentially the original film intact, and if you have the constitution for one more go, you can watch the film with the Long Lost Book on Tape Version, which is the movie dubbed over with a proper-speaking Englishman. How Oedekerk expects this one-joke gimmick to warrant a second viewing is beyond me.

So once you’re done watching the film with its four separate soundtracks, you can dig into the more traditional features. First up is a disposable Behind-the-Scenes featurette, which runs about 5 minutes and is your basic EPK junk. There are three short features that delve into the special effects: Visual Effects: Before and After Shots gives us some of the original footage, cross-cut with Oedekerk’s FX work, and finally the end product. At the very least, the technical aspects of this flick are something to check out. Next up is Cow Visual Effects: Before & After Shots, which covers the same ground as the previous feature, only this time the focus is on that interminable Matrix-ish cow battle. The third FX piece is a Pre-Visualization Cow Animatic, basically a computer animated version of that damn cow fight. Enough with the cow! You’ll also find a collection of 14 deleted scenes, a few extended scenes with alternate dialogue, a series of TV promos and the theatrical trailer, a photo gallery, and a few silly Easter Eggs that feature screaming tongues, screaming thumbs, and a ‘dancing penis’ gag that may be funnier than anything in the entire movie.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I’d never begrudge any ten-year-old who’s giggling incessantly at the overt stupidity of Kung Pow, but I could find nothing amusing about it…and I generally adore infantile humor.
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