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The Foot Fist Way (2006)

May 31, 2009

6/10 Kiddie Beatdowns

Freaking hilarious at times, but also one of the darkest and most depressing comedies I’ve ever seen in my life.

The Foot Fist Way is about a thirty-something tae-kwon-do instructor played by Danny McBride whose life is quickly and soundly going right down the shitter in every aspect. I’m all for dark comedies, but Jesus Christ. You know when you’re in bed and sometimes it’s so dark that you can wave your hand in front of your face and not see it? It’s that dark.

I had pretty high expectations going into this movie considering it was the first thing directed by Jody Hill, starring Danny McBride, and it was written by the same guys who did Eastbound and Down, one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in recent memory. The Foot Fist Way is a pretty straightforward effort with a promising premise and simple production value. I say it’s a promising premise because I’m one of those guys who thinks it’s funny to watch guys curse out kids in comedies. Don’t believe me? Watch this.

Still don’t believe me? Then you can probably do without seeing this movie.

There are flashes of comedic brilliance in The Foot Fist Way, but it’s crazy how starkly contrasted they are by an overwhelming amount of horribly depressing plot developments that all result in Danny McBride getting shit on even harder than the time before. God, this movie had me cringing at times.

I haven’t seen Observe and Report yet, Jody Hill’s most recent movie, but from what I’ve heard, the overall grim tone is pretty similar. Just a really strange direction to take the movie in.

On the other hand, I am completely converted to the comedic genius that is Danny McBride. His performance and some of the choice lines he’s given are the only reasons to see this movie, and that’s pretty good reason. If you get a chance to see this, I’d recommend fast-forwarding through the downer scenes and just skipping over to McBride’s better scenes.

Then again, you can probably just save yourself a lot of trouble and wait for Eastbound and Down to come out on DVD.

The Foot Fist Way is a decent movie, and while it can be completely hilarious, it sucks that I can’t shake how borderline unsettling it is. It’s really crude, really raunchy, has lots of bad words in it, and when it works it’s gold. But when it doesn’t, God almighty does it bomb.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2010 8:52 am

    Whoa, don’t remember reading this first time round. Finally caught it and my hopes were too high. It’s almost like a warm-up for McBride’s role as Kenny Fuckin Powers… Will stick to Eastbound & Down for now. Good review though.

    • March 24, 2010 9:24 am

      Thanks, man. Definitely not up to snuff with Eastbound & Down or Observe & Report, but still has its moments. That last scene where he chews her out on the baseball field was awesome.

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