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Monday, September 22, 2008

Now on DVD: The Foot Fist Way

Okay, that title was a lie. Kind of. The Foot Fist Way is not available on DVD until tomorrow. But it is on Itunes movie store now.... so maybe you should check it out.

Now I'll tell you what 'The Foot Fist Way' is. (Spoilers May Occur - Not Major Ones Though)

'Foot Fist' is the delightfully indy tale of a guy named Fred 'King of the Demo' Simmons (Danny McBride - Pineapple Express/ Tropic Thunder). Fred runs a Tae Kwon Do school, where he spends 60% of his life teaching children the fighting art of Tae Kwon Do. He's cocky, but sure of himself, and when it comes down to it, the school is just like any other Tae Kwon Do school that you may or may not have attended. On the weekends they set up a tent in a parking lot and Fred demonstrates Tae Kwon Do to potential new classmates (Hence: King of the Demo), and during the weekdays, they practice Tae Kwon Do in the classroom. The class is full of a whole assortment of characters. Usually Fred wanders away from class to attend to his own business and leaves one of the younger students, Julio (Spencer Moreno), in charge.

At home, Fred has his problems too. His wife Suzie (Mary Jane Bostic) is cheating on him, and he wants to figure out how to get his Tae Kwon Do hero Chuck 'The Truck' Wallace (Ben Best) to come to his class for the final testing. Naturally, this is a lot more action than Fred is used to handling, and soon he has to figure out how to be 'the bigger man' and handle it all to prove he really is 'King of the Demo'.

After Pineapple Express came out this summer many people sad 'Where did Danny McBride come from, and how did he land a role like this?" Well the answer is simply 'The Foot Fist Way". McBride's character of Fred is never really like-able, but you can't hate him either, just because he is so innocent. With most likely 90% improvised dialogue, McBride does well with making the viewer laugh with almost all of his lines. Chuck 'The Truck' is played by Ben Best almost as if Chuck Norris, and Willie Nelson were fused together into an epic Tae Kwon Do master. He's kind of a jerk and Chuck 'The Truck' is in no way a hero, at least in the way that Fred looks up to him. Jody Hill has a fun, but small role as well as Mike McAlister, a Tae Kwon Do maven, who is pretty quiet, but dresses pretty much like Draco Malfoy, from the Harry Potter franchise.

Also, watching Fred sign up students is a pretty good laugh as well, because Fred is so cocky that he does not seem to care if students join his school or not. Jonathan Ewart has a quick but funny spot as a guy who just wants to take Tae Kwon Do, but is literally berated out of the office by Fred. Collette Wolfe (Semi Pro) is a girl who does join the class, much to her disappointment when Fred falls in love with her and talks as if she is the one having relationship problems with him, instead of the other way around.

Written by Ben Best, Jody Hill, and Danny McBride, and shot in 2005 (Directed by Jody Hill) on a $70,000 budget, this is the true epitome of an indy comedy. A totally independent film, not like the kind of 'indy movie' you see today that were backed by big studios from day one. After premiering at the LA Film Festival in 2006, it was picked up by the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently picked up by Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay... who loved the movie and wanted to to gain cult status, but it seems they did not promote their new baby as much as they should have.

I don't know what the behind the scenes are, but I hear there may be an alternate ending, and probably interviews with the cast and a line-o-rama or something like that.

Pick up your copy of THE FOOT FIST WAY tomorrow!

Here's a trailer. It's pretty NSFW (Not Safe For Work - Language wise) so if you are in an office, standing next to grumpy elderly people, or substitute teaching at a nursery school - you may wish to turn your sound down a bit.

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Wilder Shaw said...

This may be Danny McBride's funniest role. Even though I didn't love his character, he had me laughing for most of the movie. I also think the guy that plays Henry stole the movie a little.

Mark Donica said...

I'm so happy that this came to DVD so soon. Can't wait

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