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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Foot Fist Way

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A Tae Kwon Do teacher with a God complex finds out that his wife has cheated on him and is forced to re-evaluate the tenants of Tae Kwon Do in ways that only a narcissist would think of.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Danny McBride, Ben Best, Jody Hill, Mary Jane Bostic, Spencer Moreno, Carlos Lopez, Collette Wolfe

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. Like an R-rated Napoleon Dynamite, some people will laugh at how they feel like they know some guy just like this tool, while others will be vexed at the simple idea that a guy this offensive could even exist.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Those of you who like this type of humor will laugh from beginning to end, while the rest of you will stare at the screen in shock and awe.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It's aimed at a young male demographic, and everyone knows that boys don't cry.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: The film already got into Sundance, got Will Ferrell's stamp of approval, and made its filmmakers the hottest new kids in comedy, giving them the right to give the finger to their day jobs. If you ask me, at this point any further awards would just be gravy.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Danny McBride creates a character that will cause many roles to be written specifically for him from this point forward. Combining a Will Ferrell-style cluelessness with a Vince Vaughn-style mean, he's already being fast-tracked to the A-list. Ben Best is charismatic as his nemesis. And director, Jody Hill, makes interesting choices as the main character's unpredictable sidekick, who seems to have serial killer tendencies, although that's just my own personal assessment, and is in no way alluded to in the dialogue or the plot. Also look out for the only understated performance in the film, by Carlos Lopez, who hasn't done any acting before or since.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Deliberately low budget, and without any smooth transitions.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Sometimes the dialogue feels stilted, though in some cases that may be the fault of the acting. That said, the main character is distinct and consistent.

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R said...

Correction: You meant "TENETS" instead of "TENANTS" in the summary of the review.

Anonymous said...

Truly one of the worst films I've ever seen in my entire life. Avoid at all costs.