The Foot Fist Way

6.21 h 23 min2008X-RayR
After discovering his wife's infidelity, a bombastic but hopelessly inept martial artist sets out on a quest to meet his idol.
Jody Hill
Danny McBrideMary Jane BostwickJody Hill
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Spencer MorenoBen Best
Jennifer ChikesDavid C. CookErin GatesJody HillPaul HillRobbie HillTodd Ulman
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4.0 out of 5 stars

525 global ratings

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Adrian Acevedo SmithReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not funny and not that great
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I went into this film with really low expectations. Danny McBride's humor can be a hit or miss, but I was hoping it be a hit this time judging by the short and funny trailer.

The way it was marketed was a complete and total lie. This isn't a comedy. It's a drama with sad/pathetic elements of comedy. The funniest scene is in the trailer.

It's a depressing story about a completely self absorbed dumb TKD instructor whose life is crumbling around him. No good one liners or set pieces. The movie just drags on.

I rented this thinking it be a fun way to pass the time, I'm a black belt in TKD so I thought there would be some inside jokes at least, but no. All we get is an extremely mediocre slice of life kind of movie with very few legitimate laughs.

I can't recommend against it enough. Please don't waste your time or money.
24 people found this helpful
Charles Edgar HamptonReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely disgusting human being at his worst; I couldn't finish it at all.
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I watched for about 25 minutes hoping to see a hint of comeuppance (experiencing an undesirable event in proportion to your heinous acts), but saw none. Once he got creepy, I skimmed through the thumbnails hoping to see him like literally die and/or be tortured, (it IS a damn movie after all) but I didn't, so I stopped it. I could no longer stomach any more of "concentrated sewage in human form". I hope to God that a man like him would never exists; THAT'S HOW DESPICABLE THIS GUY IS. Like he would deserve the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" face melting.

I HAD to leave this accurate review, because participation and our voices matter.

The folks responsible for this film should actually apologize for such content.

9 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
McBride gets to play a jerk whose life is coming apart & he can't handle it
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Foot Fist Way is a comedy featuring Danny McBride doing what he does best which is being a jerk. Here he runs his own Tae Kwon Do school. The story is about McBride’s life coming apart and his inability to deal with it because of his flawed personality.

The movie really has some hilarious moments. For instance, he tells two students about a combination to use during sparring. McBride brags about how effective it will be and tells a woman student to try it out. Then he tells the two students to go full throttle. The other student who is a man, grabs the woman by the head punches her in the face and then kicks her when she’s down. McBride than asks some of his students to check her pulse to see if she’s still alive. Most of it however is McBride being inconsiderate and mean to people because he’s dysfunctional himself.

The story does get a bit meandering at time, but I just really enjoy watching McBride do his thing so I’m forgiving with The Foot Fist Way.
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Wylie CoyoteReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't waste your time on either this movie or TKD
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Nothing funny about this movie. Another review mentioned Basil Fawlty, which is why I watched it, and nothing could be further from the truth. I could find nothing redeeming about this movie. I would not blame the wife who cheated on the protagonist. I don't see a good comedy or drama. A couple secondary characters gave good performances, but the script failed to give anything for them to work with. The one thing that viewers can take away is that there is a constant recruiting to get new students and then bleeding them of money before they wise up. You will be just as prepared and save a lot of money if you buy a bath robe with a black belt from Amazon and call it a day.
TKD is also a waste of time and money. There are better forms of cardio. The fighting technique depends on set ups and unrealistic assumptions of your adversary. To learn to defend yourself, go to BJJ or MMA studios that don't try to impress people with breaking wood along it's grain or using weakened materials. Learn the basics and spar with people who want to teach and not impress you.
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J. NickReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Strip Mall Way...
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This is the kind of movie that has a limited audience. The first would be anybody who has ever stepped foot into a strip mall martial arts place with a typical out of shape instructor. I guess discipline stops at the dinner table, but I digress. I think anyone who grew up in the late 80's early 90's will find this movie to be nostalgic as well. It's not laugh out funny but it is funny. A well written parody.

(If you plan on writing your own review, please use the word karate instead of martial arts if you wish to receive lots of comments from strip mall martial art instructors correcting you about the difference. And you might be able to even insult him enough to get challenged to defend your own honor just like in the movie.)
19 people found this helpful
BReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you enjoy Tropic Thunder
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This is one of the most underrated movies ever. If you enjoy Tropic Thunder, Talladega nights or Eastbound and down" type of humor youll love this. Extremely dry and awkward comedy that Danny Mcbride is known for. This one is a classic.
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GWReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible. Missed potential.
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If you have ever taken martial arts, you will realize that this movie misses the boat on easy targets. Like aggressive parents, kids that cry when they slip on the mat, bandannas around the head and other ridiculous things. This movie was terrible. He should've been leveled up in the end. The fight should've occurred at the end of the movie. The band should've attacked the kids at the party and more. Not worth watching.
2 people found this helpful
S. PopaReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
unfunny, uninteresting, unwatchable. unfortunately
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The movie could have had some martial arts related jokes, of any kind, unfortunately plays on the generic loser (which just incidentally is a martial-arts instructor, could have been anything) struggling through generic issues while the movie executes all of the awfully stereotypical middle-age clishes. Rather heart wrenching. But maybe more patient people find something good in the later parts, couldn't take more than 15min of this.
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