The Foot Fist Way
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's almost funny, or theoretically funny. It's just not actually funny."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A very cool comedy based on character -- real, and really self-deluded characters -- and not on shtick."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Milks the character and his foibles for all the laughs he's worth--which prove to be plenty."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Watching the movie, even when it's not working -- which is a lot of the time -- one doesn't tire of McBride."
‑ Brent Simon, Screen International
"But the annoying McBride often resorts to foul-mouthed tirades and so lacks Ricky Gervais's warmth."
‑ , Sun Online
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Boasting outrageous laughs and a performance with real heart beneath its dim-bulb exterior, The Foot Fist Way is a ragged delight."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Being a filmmaker myself, I have an affection for directors who gather all the money they can and just go for it. But the humor is not consistent enough for me to fully recommend this."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Watchable mockumentary with strong performances, but it's not as funny as it should have been and is ultimately both depressing and uncomfortable to sit through."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"When it works, The Foot Fist Way is among the most painfully funny comedies of the year. Alas, there's just as much here that doesn't quite hit home, making for a lot of dead air between the gags."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"If I had my way, every indie comedy would be done The Foot Fist Way."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Some bits fall flat well before they're driven into the ground, such as when Simmons tries to seduce a new female student. Others are painfully telegraphed so that when the payoff arrives, you've anticipated the blow and have become inured to it."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Has an irresistible charm and infectious energy."
‑ Phil Contrino, Boxoffice Magazine
"The blatant, inarticulate idiocy of McBride's Simmons is, in a certain way, endearing."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Cut from the same cringe-inducing cloth as The Office and Napoleon Dynamite, this low-budget comedy about a clueless Tae Kwan Do tutor punches, chops and karate-kicks above its weight."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
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