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Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)

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Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 47

A short sketch's worth of jokes stretched into a full-length feature.

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Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 13

A short sketch's worth of jokes stretched into a full-length feature.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 78,450

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Movie Info

Writer, director, and star Steve Oedekerk lampoons the martial arts genre with this action spoof that digitally mixes new scenes with poorly dubbed footage from the vintage 1976 film Savage Killers. Oedekerk stars as "the Chosen One," a kung-fu prodigy even from the womb, who grows up to seek vengeance on the evil, legendary "Master Pain" (aka Betty), who murdered his parents. Along the way, he is aided in his quest by the kindly, wizened Master Tang as well as Whoa (Jennifer Tung), a karate

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Comedy

Steve Oedekerk

Jul 23, 2002

$15.9M

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (47) | DVD (22)

Naturally, much fun is made of the poorly synchronized dialogue inherent in kung fu flicks, but the gag pales with repetition, especially since Billy Crystal and Robin Williams did it better years ago.

October 15, 2002 | Comments (4)
Hollywood Reporter
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Not since Freddy Got Fingered has a major release been so painful to sit through.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A processed comedy chop suey.

January 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
Entertainment Weekly
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Kung Pow is Oedekerk's realization of his childhood dream to be in a martial-arts flick, and proves that sometimes the dreams of youth should remain just that.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Full of flatulence jokes and mild sexual references, Kung Pow! is the kind of movie that's critic-proof, simply because it aims so low.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Totalement con et absurde, mais aussi totalement hilarant.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

Eu não me surpreenderia caso descobrisse que este filme foi realizado por um grupo de adolescentes bêbados durante um churrasco da escola.

September 15, 2003
Cinema em Cena

As deadly to brain cells as huffing paint thinner, but more delightful!

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I haven't seen such self-amused trash since Freddy Got Fingered.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The film is so bad it doesn't improve upon the experience of staring at a blank screen.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

If you like this sort of thing or this kind of genre, Kung-Pow has its brief yet fun moments.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

The year may be young but it's going to take something extraordinary to top this as the worst film of 2002.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Never has an 80 minute movie been so long

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: sbs.is | Comments (5)

This is a horrible film.

August 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (4)
Apollo Guide

I'd be lying if I said my ribcage didn't ache by the end of Kung Pow.

July 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

The concept behind Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is hilarious. It's too bad nothing else is.

July 13, 2002

The movie's plot is almost entirely witless and inane, carrying every gag two or three times beyond its limit to sustain a laugh.

July 2, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Kung Pow seems like some futile concoction that was developed hastily after Oedekerk and his fellow moviemakers got through crashing a college keg party.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

You'd have to search far and wide for a movie as gleefully stupid as Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, but you'd never find one so bereft of laughs.

February 20, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Oedekerk's latest exercise in what I like to call 'the cinema of screechy hellsuck.'

February 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Most of the time, this mess is about as much fun as being with a bunch of drunken frat boys who are talking back to a martial-arts film.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Oedekerk mugs mercilessly, and the genuinely funny jokes are few and far between.

January 31, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

Pointless, uninspired and above all awful parody of great martial arts films, Kung Pow is a film that is poorly conceived and has an awful, sloppy script to work with. I laughed maybe once during the entire length of the film, and once I was finished it, I realized that this was one of the stupidest films that I had seen. The film relies on bland jokes and crappy voice over, and yeah I know that's the whole point, but still, it's terrible. Even if the over exaggeration and bad dubbing is intentional, they could have made it funnier than this. This film is just bad. Kung Pow is a sloppy parody film that is lazy, uninspired and a total waste of time. I hated this film and thought it should never have been made. I just thought it was a pointless film that offered nothing anything funny or creative for the viewer. Seeing this was boring, and the result was a mediocre film that did not deliver anything funny. The humor in the film is more irritating than anything, and it just ends up making you feel made at how pointless this whole film is. The era of great parody films is over; Hollywood should stop making trash like this as it is quite unfunny, lazy and dull. If you want a great parody film, watch Airplane! That film is a classic and a perfect example of good satire. This, this is a sad example of a bad parody film that fails on every level. Avoid this if you're considering watching it. Watching paint dry was more hilarious than this.
November 14, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Really silly and kind of dumb, but the filmmaker's hearts were in the right place. It's just too bad that theiir skills are a little weak and evidence of ineptitude is obvious. They're not as bad as Ed Wood, but I think his films are a tad more entertaining. This wasn't real terrible, but I didn't laugh as much as they probably wanted me to.
August 18, 2010
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is a film you either get, or don't. It's incredibly stupid and simple, but it works. To view the trailer is to watch the worst parts of the movie, parts that should have been cut out. The kung-fu cow and the woman with one breast are really out of place and distract from Oedekerk's surreal genius of simply overdubbing an existing film. Technologically it's also impressive, inserting Oedekerk into an existing film seamlessly. Kung Pow also has some great characters which are all voiced by Oedekerk. Whether it's squeaky shoes or the ventriloquists, there's plenty here to love. Let's not forget the quoteability "THAT'S A LOT OF NUTS".
May 9, 2009
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

    1. Master Pain (Betty): Mmmm, memento
    – Submitted by Chuck N (17 months ago)
    1. Master Pain (Betty): What do you get when you cross an owl and a bungee cord, my ass.
    – Submitted by Chuck N (17 months ago)
    1. Master Pain (Betty): Swinging a chain, swinging a chain...
    – Submitted by Chris L (20 months ago)
    1. Master Pain (Betty): I have been called bad before. Many say, I do things things that are not, correct to do. I do not believe in such talk as this. I am nice man, with happy feelings, all of the time!
    – Submitted by Tyler K (20 months ago)
    1. Master Pain (Betty): I fell and hurt my tummy.
    – Submitted by Tyler K (20 months ago)
    1. Master Pain (Betty): Stinky pits and all baby...
    – Submitted by Chris L (21 months ago)
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