The Foot Fist Way (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Foot Fist Way (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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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

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (36)

It's almost funny, or theoretically funny. It's just not actually funny.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4

From a bunch of minor Judd Apatow protégés, a dispiriting low-budget series of witless, misogynistic sketches masquerading as comedy.

September 26, 2008 | Full Review…

Shot on video, more vérité than mockumentary in style, Foot Fist shames bigger-budgeted fare with its gags-to-bucks ratio.

September 26, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The comedy is of the kind that makes you wince rather than laugh; the camerawork is defiantly ugly and the performances are unpolished.

September 26, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While most of the deadpan remarks hit the spot, the erratic sketch-like editing and overall slapdash structure give it an air of incompleteness. Fun in parts, slipshod in others.

September 26, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A striking low-budget debut that manages to combine deadpan one-liners, pathos, physical comedy and fighting stars.

September 26, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Foot Fist Way

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 Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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
Robert C

Super Reviewer

Low budget comedy with a good intro performance by McBride, extremely one-dimensional but original delivery. Lot of filler and obviously a lot of first time actors, but it wasn't bad for a movie with a $79,000 budget.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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