Kickin' It Old Skool

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 43


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Rendered comatose for 20 years after a freak breakdancing accident, former child dancer Justin Schumacher (Jamie Kennedy) awakens from his extended repose with no motor skills and the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. So much has changed since Justin lapsed into a coma; not only have people stopped wearing parachute pants, the Internet has connected people in a manner that no child of the 1980s could have ever imagined. Dancing, however, is the one constant that remains as popular as ever. Upon discovering that his mountainous medical bills have drained mom and dad's bank account and the love of his life (Maria Menounos) is engaged to his lifelong nemesis (Michael Rosenbaum), the breakdancing Rip Van Winkle attempts to reassemble his former dance troupe in hopes of winning back the girl and saving his parents' failing yogurt shop.


Jamie Kennedy
as Justin Schumacher/Rocketshoe
Maria Menounos
as Jennifer Stone
Bobby Lee
as Aki Terasaki
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
as Darnell Jackson
Aris Alvarado
as Hector Jimenez
Vivica A. Fox
as Roxanne Jackson
Stuart Stone
as DJ Tanner
Debra Jo Rupp
as Sylvia Schumacher
Alan Ruck
as Dr. Fry
Roddy Piper
as Himself
Sean Amsing
as Falafel Vendor
Frank C. Turner
as Crazy Homeless Man
Richard O'Sullivan
as Krumping Guy
Meisha Lee
as Dancer
Hafj Rai
as Dancer
Kim Sato
as Dancer
Matt Ward
as Dancer
Reza Zadeh
as Dancer
Alexia Fast
as Jennifer Stone--Age 12
Taylor Beaumont
as Young Kip
J.R. Messado
as Young Darnell
Anthony Grant
as Young Hector
Ryan Schilke
as Andrew Ridgeley Kid
Harvey Glazer
as Chimichanga
Keith Dallas
as Security Guard
Lakota Huffman
as Six-Year-Old Girl
Leah Cairns
as Woman at Table
Bill Mondy
as TV Bigwig
Terri Anne Welyki
as Female Bartender
Christopher McDonald
as Marty Schumacher
Alexander Calvert
as Justin Schumacher--Age 12
Hanson Ng
as Young Aki
David Pearson
as Bank Person
Burkely Duffield
as George Michael Kid
Michael Hanus
as Gay Dude
Alvin Sanders
as School Principal
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Critic Reviews for Kickin' It Old Skool

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (15) | 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?

    Dec 3, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Although technically a coming-of-age film, Kickin' It is, in every way, regressive.

    May 5, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

    Jane Borden

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

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

    Apr 30, 2007 | Rating: 0.5/4
  • A pathetically unfunny comedy that should have been shipped straight to video, if not recycled as guitar picks.

    Apr 30, 2007 | Rating: 0/4
  • As appealing as acid-washed jeans.

    Apr 30, 2007 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

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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