Mary Jane Bostic
McBride is Fred Simmons, “King of the Demo,” a cocky Tae Kwon Do instructor with what we can safely assume is a store-bought black belt. And the Inept Martial Artist could’ve been a funny gimmick, if Simmons weren’t written with the dimension of an abandoned Saturday Night Live character.
McBride co-authored the screenplay with Ben Best (also Simmons’ hero, Chuck “The Truck” Wallace) and Jody Hill (also director and buddy Mike), using every scene to focus almost exclusively on insult humor, both verbal and physical. Simmons calls his young students “jerks,” spinkicks his wife’s (Mary Jane Bostic) lover’s son in a rather harsh form of retaliation, and assures himself that every woman and child will be pounced and beaten before training is over.
Remember when Jack Black punted Ron Burgundy’s dog off a bridge in Anchorman and how it only had to happen once for the gag to work? That’s kind of the case in The Foot Fist Way, only the innocents (and the audience) are bombarded with cheap kicks for 80 minutes. Now, how many of you are still reading? Which of you jetted for the videostore at “insult humor?” May Bruce Lee have mercy on your souls.
Behind the Scenes Featurette (25:13) is an overlong addition made up of silent, amateur footage set to electronic music. One of the most irritating special features ever included on a DVD.
Bloopers (2:12): There are two clips, with Danny McBride flubbing lines and laughing at himself.
Additional Scenes (30:51): There are 20 here, some of which could have been included in the film, which runs 80 minutes without credits. Fans will get a kick out of these.
Alternate Ending (1:11): It’s titled ‘Fred Murders Suzie,’ so that gives you a pretty clear idea of what goes down here.