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  • Summary: The Foot Fist Way, an uproarious, full-contact comedy featuring one of this year’s least likely heroes, is the first project from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Included in Ain’t It Cool News’ Top 10 Films of 2007, The Foot Fist Way became a sensation at the 2006The Foot Fist Way, an uproarious, full-contact comedy featuring one of this year’s least likely heroes, is the first project from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Included in Ain’t It Cool News’ Top 10 Films of 2007, The Foot Fist Way became a sensation at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, as audiences fell in love with the seriously self-deluded Tae Kwon Do instructor Fred Simmons, who talks a big, macho game, but falls to pieces when his wife betrays him. (Paramount Vantage)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. The result is a comedy that's low budget in all the right ways - so hilarious, testosterone-charged and yet cringe-inducing to watch that the result is almost exhausting.
  2. 83
    The always thin tightrope between "laughing at" and "laughing with" is negotiated with success in the low-budget comedy The Foot Fist Way.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    80
    It's all saved by actor Danny McBride, who has created such a distinctive character in Simmons, at once engaging and repulsive, that it's hard not to keep watching even while cringing.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    The character of Fred Simmons is a Cliff Clavin-esque sensei deluxe in The Foot Fist Way, a low-budget, low-flying farce a la "Napoleon Dynamite" or "Jackass: The Movie."
  5. 63
    It's more amusing than not, but some scenes outlast the humor in them.
  6. There are enough droll moments to spark cult status, and McBride's commitment is impressive.
  7. Reviewed by: Gabe Oppenheim
    30
    Fails to generate a real plot, and the awkward moments work better in a context of adolescence. Quirk isn't funny when accompanied by adultery and brutality -- though a couple of lines zing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. ArtB.
    Mar 3, 2009
    10
    This movie was hilarious! I watched it again after just seeing it.
  2. SteveS.
    Jun 1, 2008
    8
    I enjoyed this movie, though you have to be able to empathize with a protagonist who is kind of a jerk.
  3. Sep 8, 2014
    8
    A cheap looking but very hilarious movie. More than just a lot physical humor. It succeeds thanks to how over-the-top McBride's character is,A cheap looking but very hilarious movie. More than just a lot physical humor. It succeeds thanks to how over-the-top McBride's character is, and how despite being initially unlikable it makes us root for him. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, and you'll overall just have a really good time with it. By now we basically the know the characters McBride plays, but that doesn't make this one any less funny. My total score is an 8.2/10. Expand
  4. C.B.
    Jun 9, 2008
    7
    For the most part, it's a bad, poorly made movie. But Danny McBride is fantastic. This will be a cult classic, and people will be For the most part, it's a bad, poorly made movie. But Danny McBride is fantastic. This will be a cult classic, and people will be repeating his lines for years to come... Expand
  5. Jul 12, 2014
    7
    Parade role for McBride, basically his warm up for eastbound & down.Parade role for McBride, basically his warm up for eastbound & down. underrated movie Expand
  6. JayH.
    Sep 18, 2008
    6
    It hits the mark more than it misses it, and Danny Mc Bride is terrific and has the character down pat. It has some really funny moments but It hits the mark more than it misses it, and Danny Mc Bride is terrific and has the character down pat. It has some really funny moments but it does wear thin after awhile. Expand

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