The Foot Fist Way

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Released 2008

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Director:
Jody Hill
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
The Foot Fist Way is a 2006 martial arts comedy directed by Jody Hill. Fred (Danny McBride) is an unlikely Tae Kwon Do instructor, a former champion who now struggles through even a single demonstration. However, Fred lives in a small town without much competition and, not recognizing his failings, still considers himself the "king of the demo." Fred idolizes two people in life: a martial arts movie star, Chuck "The Truck" Wallace (Ben Best), and Fred's wife Suzie (Mary Jane Bostic). When he discovers that Suzie has been unfaithful to him, Fred leaves her and finds his life turned upside down by the shock. His Tae Kwon Do skills slip drastically and Fred becomes a bully towards his students, alienating everyone except two loyal young students, Julio (Spencer Moreno) and Henry (Carlos Lopez). Julio, Henry, Fred and Fred's friend Mike (Jody Hill) set off on a pilgrimage to meet Chuck "The Truck" and restore Fred's former confidence and bravado.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Nathan Lee

    An itsy-bitsy, ultra-indie, super-silly comedy packing huge laughs and unexpected heart.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    It's all saved by actor Danny McBride, who has created such a distinctive character in Simmons, at once engaging and repulsive, that it's hard not to keep watching even while cring...

  • 70

    Variety

    The character of Fred Simmons is a Cliff Clavin-esque sensei deluxe in The Foot Fist Way, a low-budget, low-flying farce a la "Napoleon Dynamite" or "Jackass: The Movie."

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