The Foot Fist Way
- Eddie Harrison
- 18 September 2008
Getting a cinema release through the endorsement of Will Ferrell and his Anchorman/Tallegeda Nights director Adam McKay, The Foot Fist Way is a low-budget mockumentary about a small-time martial arts training school. Made in 2006, the central role of inept tae kwon do instructor Fred Simmons is played by Danny McBride, who has since gone on to appear in Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder and his man-child routine makes it easy to see why Ferrell and McKay have taken him under their wing.
The Foot Fist Way is a decent enough, if somewhat repetitive attack on the misguided macho attitudes of Simmons. Beaten up by children and rejected by women, including his unfaithful wife Susie (Mary Jane Bostic), Simmons hits the skids until he takes a road trip to seek inspiration from his idol Chuck ‘The Truck’ Wallace, played by Ben Best, who co-wrote the film with director Jody Hill. The film inevitably feels more like an inspired home movie than a proper feature, without much in the way of plot development or a satisfying pay-off. While a breakthrough success for McBride and his knockabout pals, wider audiences may well feel that, like the unfortunate customers who pay Simmons for instruction, that they’ve been offered something rather less than their hard-won cash deserves.
General release from Fri 26 Sep.