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The Foot Fist Way

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Jody Hill

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Plot Summary

A new hero of martial arts rises from a North Carolina strip mall in this independent comedy. Fred Simmons is one of the world's most gifted practitioners of the Korean fighting style known as Tae Kwon Do — or at least that's what he likes to tell people. Despite his supposed skills, Fred teaches students out of a shabby dojo, where for the most part, he browbeats kids into learning the aggressive points of the martial arts without having much understanding of the philosophy or reasoning behind it. Not that most folks care — in the small town where he teaches, Fred is considered to be the real deal, and his talent as a fighter earns him plenty of respect. But Fred's reputation (and ego) takes a serious blow when he learns his wife, Suzie (Mary Jane Bostwick), has been fooling around with another man, and Fred challenges him to a fight that doesn't go well. Falling into an emotional tailspin, Fred goes on a pilgrimage to meet his hero and role model, martial arts celebrity Chuck "The Truck" Wallace (Ben Best). The Foot Fist Way was the first feature film from writer and director Jody Hill.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 85
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 40
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's almost funny, or theoretically funny. It's just not actually funny. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Oct 20, 2008

Fresh: Morning zoo radio DJs can rejoice: You'll be mining quotes from this movie for the next several decades. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

Rotten: Just as the dish begins to sizzle, Foot Fist turns off the burners. This is fare meant to be served cool. – Gabe Oppenheim, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It plays exactly like a Will Ferrell comedy, but better, because Ferrell's not in it. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

the foot fist way

A must see movie with dry humor and lots of sarcasm. You have to take into account though that this movie's budget was under 100 K. This movie jumpstarted the careers of Jody Hill, Danny McBride, and Ben Best. The three will never have to make do with such a tight budget ever again. Reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite and Joe Dirt. Dont rent it, buy it and save it for those nights when you want a good laugh.


I had heard about this movie through interviews with Will Ferrell, and he said it was one of the funniest movies he'd ever seen. So, I checked it out. It's hilarious, probably up there with Step Brothers for the goofy humor. But yea, check it out.

Sick movie

this movie is sweet and dont listen to all them haters out there

The Foot Fist Way
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2008

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