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The Foot Fist Way (2008)

The Foot Fist Way




Release Date

May 30, 2008 (Limited)

MPAA Rating



85 min.


Paramount Vantage

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  1 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Jody Hill


Jennifer Chikes, Erin Gates, Jody Hill, Robbie Hill


Jody Hill, Ben Best, Danny R. McBride


  • Danny McBride as Fred Simmons
  • Ben Best
  • Mary Jane Bostic
  • Ken Aguilar
  • Tyler Baum
  • Sean Baxter
  • Bruce Cameron


"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. "The Foot Fist Way" became a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, 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.

Self-control, courtesy, perseverance, integrity and an indomitable spirit - those are the basic tenets preached by the proud but stern Master instructor Simmons at the Concord Tae Kwon Do Studio. There "the way of the foot and the fist," a.k.a. the definition of the featured Korean martial art, turns boys into black belts and suburbanites into great warriors.

That is, until Simmons' seemingly perfect life starts collapsing when he discovers his wife having an affair on him. Twice. A chance to resurrect his life by battling his hero - the 8-time undefeated champ and star of the "Seven Rings of Pain" trilogy, Chuck "The Truck" Wallace - gives Simmons' life purpose as he winds up on a wild, comic journey that will take him from egomaniacal bluster all the way to becoming the stand-up man of his delusional dreams.

"The Foot Fist Way" is the comedy that some of the funniest guys in America think is the funniest movie in America. The film was shot in just 19 days on a credit card-financed micro-budget with a cast of mostly newcomers. Featuring the debut of North Carolina native Jody Hill as writer, director and producer and two hilariously tough-yet-tender performances from co-writers Danny McBride as Fred and Ben Best as Chuck "The Truck," the film helped Hill, McBride and Best garner a place on Variety's "Ten Comics to Watch" list.


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“..Not bad for a one-joke movie, but still unmistakably a one-joke movie..”
by Bob Strauss [LA Daily News]
“..an itsy-bitsy, ultra-indie, super-silly comedy..”
by Nathan Lee [NY Times]
“..The Foot Fist Way is a refreshingly silly and clever portrait of a strikingly daft and clueless man..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]