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Kickin' It Old Skool is one big unfunny pop culture reference that doesn't feature many laughs. Read critic reviews

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At a talent show in 1986, young Justin Schumacher suffers a head injury and slips into a coma. Twenty years later, Justin (Jamie Kennedy) awakes with the mindset and experience of a 12-year-old. He decides to reunite the members of his former dance team and revive their short-lived careers.

Cast & Crew

Miguel Núñez Jr.
Darnelll Jackson
Maria Menounos
Jennifer Stone
Bobby Lee
Aki Terasaki
Debra Jo Rupp
Sylvia Schumacher
Christopher McDonald
Marty Schumacher
Vivica A. Fox
Roxanne Jackson
Bob Yari
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Josh Etting
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Paul Rogers
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Critic Reviews for Kickin' It Old Skool

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (42)

  • Were the filmmakers really so wedded to every scene they couldn't find 15 minutes to cut? Besides, shouldn't we as a culture being moving on to depleting the comic potential of '90s nostalgia by now?

    December 3, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The funniest thing about Kickin' It Old Skool, yet another in a long line of not particularly funny Kennedy movies, is how little we actually have advanced since the '80s.

    May 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The writers make sure to fill their script with only the most obvious jokes and cultural references so that their star's particular comedic talents will shine brightest and he can work his magic without the risk of causing any audience members to think.

    May 7, 2007 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • Although technically a coming-of-age film, Kickin' It is, in every way, regressive.

    May 5, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…
  • Despite some legitimately entertaining dance sequences, no amount of parachute pants can disguise the fact that Kickin' is a very stupid movie, with many more failed jokes than successful ones.

    April 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Laugh proof and choreographically blah.

    April 30, 2007 | Rating: 0.5/4

Audience Reviews for Kickin' It Old Skool

  • Dec 31, 2011
    Torture throughout. The plot was horrible. Even the romantic part. I found absolutely nothing funny except for when the kid wakes up after his coma and asks why they don't show music videos on MTV anymore. Everything else was absolutely unnecessary. The dance scenes weren't even fun. This looks like a film for teens, so I want nothing to do with it. If you like dancing films then at least watch films like Dirty Dancing or Step Up, not this garbage.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2010
    Midway through the brainless ‘80s-flavored comedy Kickin’ It Old Skool, wannabe third stooge Jamie Kennedy is actually heard to utter “I wish they had taken me off life support.” Appropriately enough, no statement could better sum up an audience’s reaction to seeing this dense endeavor—whether they have been in assisted living or not. Despite an unsuccessful and decidedly short tenure on television, Freaks and Geeks employed funnier ‘80s-inspited gags in 1 minute than this movie did in its entire running time. Of course, any movie featuring a cameo by legendary Him-Bo David Hasselhoff, ex-wrestler Roddy Piper, CHiP's actor Erik Estrada, AND diminutive Webster star Emmauel Lewis should have been suspect from the get-go. But sadly, these fleeting cameos provided the only respite from moviegoers going into a self-induced boredom coma. In the PG-13-rated comedy Kickin’ It Old Skool, a man (Kennedy) wakes up in a drastically changed world after being put into a coma 20 years earlier by a freak break-dancing accident. Employing a formula more clandestine than Colonel Sander’s 11 secret herbs and spices, Kennedy’s (Malibu’s Most Wanted) inane brand of comedy must have been dreamt up in a high school study hall. Only this would explain Kickin’ It Old Skool’s reliance on insulting jokes that chiefly diss Asian-Americans and the mentally-challenged, which is troubling for a film whose hook had promised a comedy taking aim at the Me Generation. What results is a D.O.A. movie that ironically could only be construed as funny to someone born well after the ‘80s…like, say, yesterday. Bottom line: Should've been dropped like third period French.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2010
    Extremely enjoyable! I have no idea why it's rated soo damn low!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2009
    I have to say as dumb as it looks, this movie was pretty funny! Filled with old 80's songs and retro suggestions with a really funny cast, it was not that bad. Bobby Lee and Miguel Nunez were hilarious and the story although weak and predictable was not horrible. Jamie Kennedy in the lead was funny as well and kept it moving.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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