The Foot Fist Way

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The rough edges and biting humor of this martial arts comedy will keep audiences laughing and cringing in turns.

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Self-control, perseverance, integrity, indomitable spirit--that's what it's supposed to be all about at the Concord Tae Kwon Do Studio, where boys are turned into black-belts and suburbanites are chiseled into great warriors, all under the watchful tutelage of proud sensei Fred Simmons. That is, until Fred discovers his wife has been unfaithful and instantly descends into a blubbering mess. OK, so maybe Fred is far more blowhard than kick-ass hero. But, when he sets out on a last-ditch quest to meet his kung-fu idol--the eight-time undefeated champ and star of the "Seven Rings of Pain" trilogy, Chuck "The Truck" Wallace--Fred winds up on a wild, comic journey that will take him from egomaniacal bluster all to the way to becoming the stand-up man of his delusional dreams.

Cast

Danny McBride (IV)
as Fred Simmons
Mary Jane Bostic
as Suzie Simmons
Ben Best
as Chuck "The Truck" Wallace
Spencer Moreno
as Julio Chavez
Carlos Lopez IV
as Henry Harrison
Jody Hill
as Mike McAllister
Jeff Hoffman
as Dr. Love
Nicholas Stanley
as Little Stevie Fisher
Erica Owens
as Mrs. Fisher
Sean Baxter
as Roy Powers
Randy Gambill
as The Gentle Warrior
Tyler Baum
as Armand
Joey Stephens
as Emmanuel
Paul C. Hill Jr.
as Man Who Buys Car
Christianna Wallace
as Little Girl with Flyer
Richard Murrell
as Guy at BBQ Demo
Sandra Cox
as Woman at BBQ Demo #1
Donna Mae Roberts
as Woman at BBQ Demo #2
Matthew Diskin
as Flyer Boy
Meagan Diskin
as Flyer Girl
Jennifer Brayley
as Nice Lady at BBQ Demo
Jeremy Mynes
as BBQ Demo Board Holder
Joseph Cox
as BBQ Spectator #1
Heather Edmisten
as BBQ Spectator #2
Lucy Hill
as BBQ Spectator #3
Anthony Noles
as BBQ Spectator #4
Thome Tarleton
as BBQ Spectator #5
Karen Diskin
as BBQ Spectator #6
Chasity Newton
as BBQ Spectator #7
Jon Drake
as Suzie's Co-Worker #1
William Grady Jr.
as Suzie's Co-Worker #2
Chad Simpson
as Suzie's Co-Worker #3
Molly Somerville
as O'Landers Waitress
Chase Livengood
as Frustrated Guy on Date
Gia Ruiz
as Frustrated Girl on Date
Emily Kwong
as Happy Woman
Jason Street
as Happy Man
Erin Fisher
as Ticket Girl #1
Jon Henning
as Kung Fu Dork at Expo
Chon Black
as Kid That Gets Autograph
Carla Black
as Mom of Autograph Kid
Mariah Black
as Sister of Autograph Kid
Kaitlyn Abromitis
as Hot Girl at Party #1
Courtney Clifford
as Hot Girl at Party #2
Erin Gates
as Hot Girl at Party #3
Samantha Hayford
as Hot Girl at Party #4
Courtney Mays
as Hot Girl at Party #5
Libertad Green
as Drunk Girl at Party
Jason Herring
as Chuck's Friend
Anna Hollifield
as Armand's Girl
Scott Nurkin
as Guy at Party #1
Ad Paroo
as Guy at Party #2
Craig Zobel
as Julio's Punching Bag
Dante Gibby
as Board Member
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Critic Reviews for The Foot Fist Way

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Audience Reviews for The Foot Fist Way

  • Aug 07, 2016
    I remember hearing about this movie some years ago and wanting to see it. It wasn't the type of movie that I'd probably would've gone out of my way to buy, there was a period there between 2006-08 where I bought a ton of DVDs and even then I probably wouldn't have bought this movie. Anyway, thanks to Amazon Prime I was finally able to watch this movie. And, honestly, I gotta say I'm a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love the film's parodying tone of martial arts instructors and even those super cheap 90s martial arts movie that you'd see on TV, like the sequels to Cyborg or Bloodsport. So that is appreciated. But, realistically speaking, this isn't a good movie. I really like Danny McBride, in fact, I think he's supremely underrated in some respects, though Eastbound and Down did him a lot of favors, but I think this guy is perfection personified at these roles where he's a major dick to everyone. His persona is the type that would make fun of someone in a wheelchair without even thinking or hesitating about it. This film sees some of that, but it's more toned down. Really, his character is more delusional, as he fashions himself an incredible teacher and he assumes that the new, pretty girl that signs up at his school has some sort of romantic interest in him (she doesn't), and he goes after her in one of the film's funniest scenes when he finds out his wife has cheated on him. But, much like Napoleon Dynamite, this film was picked up hoping it would have replicated that Napoleon's success, this has to be one of those acquired tastes. Though this isn't nearly the extreme that Napoleon Dynamite is, where people either loved it or hated it. Danny McBride is real good in this film, and he's a surprisingly likable character that you actually somewhat root for in the end. It took me off guard because, like I said, Danny has made his bread and butter in playing utterly detestable, yet hilarious, characters. So it's a bit of a change of pace seeing him play someone that you actually like. But the fact of the matter is that the film feels more like a series of skits barely held together by a plot thread. And not all of the skits are hits, if we're being honest. And the ones that do aren't really that hilarious. There's little plot threads here and there, like Henry struggling with self-confidence, Fred's wife cheating on her and Fred's obsession with his hero, Chuck 'The Truck' Wallace (a movie star from one of those cheap direct-to-video martial arts films). Inevitably, Chuck and Frank's wife meet and you know what happens, but it's not like the film was really leading to that. It's something they just stumble upon. And that's fine, I think it's a pretty cool idea to have Fred confront his hero for being a piece of shit, but that doesn't really constitute much of an actual narrative. This is really average at best, it's never bad at any point, but considering the people involved and considering what they went on to do, this includes Jody Hill, then you would have expected something much better. It's not bad, not nearly close to that, but I came out of it a little disappointed. There's a couple of bright spots here and there, but there's not enough of this movie that's good. I wouldn't recommend it, but I'm sure there's others that will absolutely love this and that's totally fine as well. Average at best.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2011
    mcbride is hilarious as always but the film isn't all that good.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2010
    The filmmaking brings out a lot of nuances, about our fantasies about personal victory and the fantasizing in American fight movies. Some of the humor might not be as upfront as in most of the higher-budget vehicles. Collette Wolfe's disappearance from the story is beguiling. She's attractive and sympathetic and open-minded, and you realize that one thing movies tend to do for an audience is to keep charming people like this around to light the place up, when in real life the hijinks would feel as homey as your best friend's 10-day manic episode.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2010
    An ammusing film in a pathetic/painful sort of way. And impressive when you take into consideration that it was made for about $79,000 dollars. Though it's never quite as funny or clever as it THINKS it is.
    Robert C Super Reviewer

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