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The Foot Fist Way
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Sep 26, 2008 By: Mathew Plale
The Foot Fist Way order
Director:
Jody Hill

Actors:
Danny McBride
Ben Best
Mary Jane Bostic

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A Tae Kwon Do instructor (McBride) jabs his way through the troubles brought upon by his wife and his hero, Chuck "The Truck" (Best).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
So this is what Danny McBride did before he was the other guy in Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express? A shoddy Will Ferrell impersonation? To be fair, McBride also co-wrote The Foot Fist Way. To be even fairer, its one of the most shameless comedies to come out this decade. Some of you are sold already. Some of you have already Xed out of this review and made it to the video store. But to those still reading:

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 couldve been a funny gimmick, if Simmons werent 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 wifes (Mary Jane Bostic) lovers 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 Burgundys dog off a bridge in Anchorman and how it only had to happen once for the gag to work? Thats 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.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Director Jody Hill, Actor Danny McBride, and Production Designer Randy Gambill: The trio has great chemistry and share a number of stories, but this commentary is strictly for fans of The Foot Fist Way.

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): Its titled Fred Murders Suzie, so that gives you a pretty clear idea of what goes down here.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The Foot Fist Way takes one joke and runs it for 80 long minutes. McBride fans might be curious to see him in a starring role, but all others are advised to steer clear...unless rude shtick is up your alley.
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