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The Foot Fist Way [DVD]
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Comedy starring Danny R McBride as Fred Simmons, an inept but extremely arrogant Tae Kwon Do instructor in a small town who fancies himself as an action hero in the vein of his idol, B-movie martial arts star Chuck 'The Truck' Wallace (Ben Best). When he finds out that his wife Suzie (Mary Jane Bostic) is having an affair with her boss, Fred suffers a major confidence crisis, and embarks on a pilgrimage with his best friend Mike (Jody Hill) to a Tae Kwon Do convention to see his hero in person.
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This movie is made in the style of a documentary and is painfully true to life and therefore embarrassing.
The 'hero' drives an old red Ferrari 308 GTS and his buxom, blonde trophy wife could only be described as a lady whose nature rhymes with 'hut' and is an anagram of 'luts'.
She sleeps with everyone - much to our hero's dismay.
Chapters are titled as the 'tenets' of TKD: self-control, perseverance, indomitable spirit etc.
It's great entertainment.
A word of caution. DO NOT TRY BREAKING WOOD OR CEMENT BLOCKS.
Doing so has given me arthritis in both hands.
The human body is not designed for such things!
REMEMBER: it's a just movie; do not try this at home!
Another in along line of comedies about idiots who takes themselves very seriously, The Foot Fist Way follows McBride's Fred Simmons - in a style not unlike docu-drama - as his marriage falls apart and his biggest hero becomes a rival. It's the little details that stand out though over the plot; line readings, awkward acting, all the things that made Napoleon Dynamite such a treat a few years back.
You'll enjoy the film on first watching, moreso on the second, and by the third you'll have already started recommending to friends and quoting dialogue. Ignore the hilarious and completely irrelevant other review and give it a go, it deserves to be seen by you.
It has some elements of the the martial arts world down pat.
The film itself revolves around a self-absorbed Tae Kwan Do instructor, Fred Simmons, played to perfection by Danny McBride in the role that brought him to Hollywood's attention, during the period that his life seems to be collapsing around him. His wife is repeatedly unfaithful, he makes awkward advances on his students, and he works himself into a near-religious fervour over his devotion to his martial arts hero, Chuck 'The Truck' Wallace, whilst all the time Fred remains painfully oblivious to his own self-importance.
There are some classic moments, and as I mentioned previously McBride's performance is excellent. The fly-on-the-wall shooting adds a great deal of realism to the film, and the rough edges are forgiveable for such a low-budget movie. The film does suffer slightly in other respects - in particular, due to the film being centred solely on Simmons, other characters that are along for most of the narrative remain underdeveloped by the end.
Ultimately though, this is Fred Simmons' story, and it is very well told!
I and everyone I've made watch this film love it!
Filmed in a 'fly on the wall' documentary style, like the office, you'll laugh and cringe at the same time as it captures the break down of Mr. Simmons: a Martial Arts instructor who, by the way he simultaneously bullies and shows off to the children in his Tae Kwon Do class, we can only assume has some rather deep rooted, inner inferiority complexes and issues going on. Don't worry though - he eventually rises up, digs deep, and overcomes them of course.
This film has some truly hysterical lines in it (the party scene in particular is just awesome) and I thoroughly laughed my foot fist butt off. I think you will too.
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This film is very low budget and won't be to everyones taste but ultimately i think its a very good even feelgood movie focusing on a man with a Tae Quan Doe studio and trying to be a role model for kids and adults alike.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excruciating to watch in places. But oh so funny. Hes the David Brent of martial arts.Published 5 months ago by M. Dyne
Very very witty,if you like Danny McBride from Pinapple Express then see this,same character,only in this hes a Tae Kwan Do instructor.very funny.Published 21 months ago by agent smith
Awesome old school mc bride. I have met this character many times in my own personal Martial arts experiences!! FactPublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by Malibu Benn
not as good as I thought it would be maybe I should have read up on it more before purchachingPublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by Trevor D
Its a documentary style film that is a tad short on laughs but is an interesting viewing on the humble beginnings of his career.Published on 5 Mar. 2014 by Spacecadet
I love danny Mcbride but this film is terrible.
Go buy the eastbound & down boxset & watch real danny Mcbride.
DO NOT BUY THIS !!!