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The Foot Fist Way (2006)

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An inept tae kwon do instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow tae kwon do enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Wallace. --IMDb
Danny McBride
Danny McBride
Mary Jane Bostic
Mary Jane Bostic
Ben Best
Ben Best
Spencer Moreno
Spencer Moreno
Carlos Lopez
Carlos Lopez
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: October 30, 2008
Most people heard very little about this film. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay caught a screening of it just as it was about to hit the festival circuit. Before it could do that, they scooped it up and planned to release it, calling it one of the funniest films they had ever seen. So, "The Foot Fist Way" didn't have a chance to build up any steam on the circuit and was instead dumped into a handful of theatres and ushered to a quick DVD release. I doubt that's what Ferrell and McKay had in mind, but that's what happened. And it's a shame because "The Foot Fist Way" is one of the most insanely vicious comedies I have seen this year. It's absolutely hysterical.

The film stars Danny R. McBride as Fred Simmons, the owner and instructor of Concord Tae Kwon Do. He is an absolute son-of-a-bitch, but he's an absolute son-of-a-bitch who knows his Tae Kwon Do. Most of the film deals with Fred's whore of a wife, Suzie (Mary Jane Bostic) and Fred's love of Chuck 'The Truck' Wallace (Ben Best), a movie star and martial arts legend. Throughout the film, we see clips and sequences of Fred training kids and adults of all ages, giving them the wisdom he has learned through years of being a douche. Fred Simmons is not a likable character. He's mean and petty and sometimes absolutely hateful. But, he makes us laugh.

Danny R. McBride has such an unusual way of delivering his lines. He did it in "Pineapple Express" and he did it in "Tropic Thunder" and you can tell that this was the film that started it all. Sometimes, he will string the most odd and off-putting selection of words together. My favorite scene in the film comes at the end when he's telling off his wife for all the cheating she's done. That writing is gold -- and it probably wasn't writing so much as McBride just riffing on whatever the hell he wanted. Director Jody Hill was wise to let McBride improvise much of what we see because the man knows how to make people laugh and this picture is proof positive.

A lot of people have been comparing this film to "Napoleon Dynamite", and I would agree with that to the extent that they are both the lowest of low budget and both rely on an obnoxious character as the protagonist. However, "The Foot Fist Way" has no purpose other than to make the audience laugh. They're not going for some artsy fartsy quirk-out and they're not going for anything other than the blackest of black comedy. This is my type of humor. The more offensive, the better. "The Foot Fist Way" is easily one of the funniest films of the year.

9/10.
Tristan #1: Tristan - added 11/23/2008, 06:09 PM
I love Danny McBride, but this was so unfunny it hurts. I was so excited to watch it, but it let me down. As a regular comedy it's probably a 5, but because I was so disappointed I have to give this a 3.

3/10
Vash #2: Vash - added 11/25/2008, 10:17 AM
for the first time ever, tristan is an idiot, and bluemeanie is right. except for calling him "danny 'r' mcbride," which i don't even think he's billed as, but whatever. this movie is fucking hilarious, but i think it requires at least one additional viewing to pick up on exactly how witty and quotable it is. pretty much every single thing mcbride says is hilarious, and jody hill's character is incredible. the entire party scene with chuck... wow. amazing.
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 11/25/2008, 11:38 AM
I called him Danny R. McBride because that's his name. On IMDB, that's his name. On "Pineapple Express", that's his name.
bluemeanie #4: bluemeanie - added 11/25/2008, 11:39 AM
Oh, and he's billed as Danny R. McBride in this film also.
Tristan #5: Tristan - added 08/02/2009, 12:58 AM
He's not, actually.

The first time I watched this, I hated it. Second time around, I loved it. Go figure. Danny McBride - without the R. - is one of the funniest men working today. His HBO series (also written with Jody Hill) was hilarious. These two have a very bright future ahead of them if they keep up this kind of work. For the life of me I can't understand why I didn't like this the first time through.

9/10
Lucid Dreams #6: Lucid Dreams - added 01/06/2010, 02:19 AM
Better then I expected. 8/10
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