By Fred Topel | Image property of Paramount Vantage
The Foot Fist Way
Danny McBride is the Rob Schneider of Will Ferrell's group. Just as Schneider gets the characters that aren't quite funny enough for Adam Sandler to play, McBride is taking on Ferrell-esque personas, on a smaller scale.
The Foot Fist Way casts him as an abrasive Tae Kwon Do instructor. He's not very good, but he has a lot of bravado. It's just like Will Ferrell playing a NASCAR racer, a figure skater, a basketball player or an anchorman, only it's not quite ironic. It borders on unpleasant, but hey, if you're looking for an overweight dude acting like a kung fu master, it's here.
Movie Review: The Foot Fist Way
The film is exactly what it promises to be, so there's no sense complaining about it. It never suggests there will be more than just profanity and violence, so it's giving you exactly what you'd expect.
It is a total commitment to character. McBride plays the A-hole sensei, swearing with children, making inappropriate conversation and allowing extreme violence to go on in his dojo.
There's no joke that's unexpected. It sets up a situation and then executes it. If hitting an old lady or a kid is funny itself, it's in there. I sort of think that if you already know the joke before it happens, it doesn't quite work.
It's so low budget and raw that the film just looks ugly. It's hairy, barefoot drunks jumping around a plain white room. There are a few cute moments where they spoof documentary style, making an overly big deal out of sophomorically dramatic moments, but only twice.
So yeah, The Foot Fist Way is amusing. It definitely plays as an extended skit with little narrative drive, but more importantly with less humor per scene, but for the money it's probably got more laughs than Made of Honor and Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.