The Foot Fist Way (2006)



Critic Consensus: The rough edges and biting humor of this martial arts comedy will keep audiences laughing and cringing in turns.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong language and some sexual content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Best, Danny McBride, Jody Hill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2008
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for The Foot Fist Way

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (31)

It's almost funny, or theoretically funny. It's just not actually funny.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

If I had my way, every indie comedy would be done The Foot Fist Way.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Milks the character and his foibles for all the laughs he's worth--which prove to be plenty.

Full Review… | June 4, 2012

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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Sin Magazine

Has an irresistible charm and infectious energy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Foot Fist Way

The filmmaking brings out a lot of nuances, about our fantasies about personal victory and the fantasizing in American fight movies. Some of the humor might not be as upfront as in most of the higher-budget vehicles.

Collette Wolfe's disappearance from the story is beguiling. She's attractive and sympathetic and open-minded, and you realize that one thing movies tend to do for an audience is to keep charming people like this around to light the place up, when in real life the hijinks would feel as homey as your best friend's 10-day manic episode.

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

An ammusing film in a pathetic/painful sort of way.
And impressive when you take into consideration that it was made for about $79,000 dollars.
Though it's never quite as funny or clever as it THINKS it is.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

Low budget comedy with a good intro performance by McBride, extremely one-dimensional but original delivery. Lot of filler and obviously a lot of first time actors, but it wasn't bad for a movie with a $79,000 budget.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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