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Release Date:
26 September 2008 (UK) See more »
An inept karate instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow karate enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Wallace. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Has its moments but never delivers on its potential and comes out being only average See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order)

Danny McBride ... Fred Simmons
Mary Jane Bostic ... Suzie Simmons

Ben Best ... Chuck 'The Truck' Wallace
Spencer Moreno ... Julio Chavez

Carlos Lopez ... Henry Harrison (as Carlos Lopez IV)

Jody Hill ... Mike McAlister
Ken Aguilar ... Rick

Collette Wolfe ... Denise
Jeff Hoffman ... Dr. Love
Deborah Loates ... Marge
Danielle Jarchow ... Connie
Juan-Carlos Guzman ... Carlos
Nicholas Stanley ... Lil' Stevie Fisher
Erica Owens ... Mrs. Fisher
Sean Baxter ... Roy Powers

Jonathan M. Ewart ... Charles
Bruce Cameron ... Bruce
Robert Short ... Pete (as Robert Short III)
Raul Doyle ... Raul
Mitchell Moreno ... Mitchell

Randy Gambill ... The Gentle Warrior
Chris Walldorf ... Shane
Tyler Baum ... Armand
Raymond Kowalski ... Brandon
Joseph Stephens ... Emmanuel (as Joey Stephens)
Paul C. Hill Jr. ... Man Who Buys Car
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erin Fisher ... Ticket Girl #1

Libertad Green ... Drunk Girl at Party
Samantha Hayford ... Hot Girl at Party #4
Melvyn Wallace ... Tournament MC announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jody Hill 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ben Best  written by
Jody Hill  written by
Danny McBride  written by

Produced by
Jennifer Chikes .... producer
David C. Cook .... associate producer
Erin Gates .... producer
Jody Hill .... producer
Paul Hill .... executive producer
Robbie Hill .... producer
Todd Ulman .... associate producer
Original Music by
The Dynamite Brothers 
Cinematography by
Brian Mandle 
Film Editing by
Zene Baker 
Jeff Seibenick 
Production Design by
Randy Gambill 
Art Direction by
Gia Ruiz 
Costume Design by
Johnna Lynn Gross 
Makeup Department
Emily Kwong .... hair stylist
Emily Kwong .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Fradley .... second unit director
Jonathan Grubbs .... second assistant director
Derek Patten .... first assistant director
Art Department
Erin Fisher .... assistant art director
Sound Department
David Barber .... dialogue editor
David Barber .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Ryan Blaine .... sound
Melissa Bylsma .... sound coordinator
Gonzalo Espinoza .... adr supervisor (as Bino Espinoza)
Gonzalo Espinoza .... foley supervisor (as Bino Espinoza)
Gonzalo Espinoza .... foley
Joe Garten .... sound assistant
Sean Gray .... dialogue assistant
David Kitchens .... foley artist
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Greg Krueger .... sound effects editor
Kimberly Quigley .... sound coordinator (as Kimberly Brennecke)
Ken Skoglund .... sound effects editor
Joseph Stephens .... sound (as Joey Stephens)
Jason Street .... boom operator
Keith Wells .... sound coordinator
Ben Zarai .... sound re-recording mixer
Ben Zarai .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Vincent Lavares .... data manager: Laser Pacific
Ryan Wieber .... digital compositor
Jeremy Johnson .... stunt double
Andrew Mcdowell .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Duvall .... grip
Jeremy Grant .... grip
Patrick Holley .... grip
Marie Ilene .... grip (as Marie Kennell)
Chase Livengood .... gaffer
David Martin .... assistant camera
Katherine Murray-Satchell .... second assistant camera
Troy Taylor .... electrician
Editorial Department
Zene Baker .... supervising editor
Nancy Fuller .... digital intermediate project manager
Joseph M. Gonzalez .... assistant editor
Chris Jacobson .... colorist
Jason King .... post-production assistant
Bill Missett .... on-line editor
Stacey Sexton .... assistant editor
Byron Smith .... digital intermediate project manager
Music Department
Milton Hopkins .... music clearance and licensing
Other crew
Alexis DeHart .... talent coordinator
Will Ferrell .... presenter
Erin McInnis .... production coordinator
Adam McKay .... presenter
Molly Somerville .... script supervisor
Michael Taing .... key set production assistant
Chad Benton .... thanks

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Rated R for strong language and some sexual content
USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Director Jody Hill is a third degree black belt in taekwondo.See more »
Fred Simmons:Derek, have you got your cup on? Because I will hit you there.See more »


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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Has its moments but never delivers on its potential and comes out being only average, 18 November 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

I came to this movie with talk of it being hilarious, brilliant and having apparently been the toast of Sundance. I didn't totally believe all the hype, mainly because that's always what the majority of such talk is, but I did have hopes that the film would be good at what it tries to do. Taking its lead from the painfully flawed David Brent in The Office, The Foot Fist Way focuses on taekwondo teacher Fred Simmons as he leads his class to be (perhaps) as good as him, fails to control his cheating wife and idolises taekwondo champion and film star Chuck "the truck" Wallace. In terms of narrative flow there isn't really much that justifies discussion because, rightly, the story is only a frame within which to put the character study of an arrogant man who has zero self-awareness. In this there is a lot of potential and accordingly the best parts of the film are not specific events or plot points but just little moments that remind the viewer what a self-important and embarrassingly pompous man we are watching.

It is not something you'll never have seen before of course and the many other variations will show you how painfully funny (and painfully painful) that this sort of thing can be, whether it is Spinal Tap or David Brent. Problem is with the Foot Fist Way is that it feels like a really good idea that has not been fully carried out. So there are moments which are both painful and funny but then there are also lots of scenes that are just surprisingly straightforward, failing to either be funny or to be insightful in regards the character of Fred. It is a shame but it does mean that the film is distinctly average. Even at a short running time of 83 minutes, the film still struggles and surprised me by feeling much longer – it should have sprinted and been over before you knew what was happening.

No fault to McBride though, he feels natural and is convincing in his character. As one of those involved in the writing he does share some responsibility though because the script just doesn't give him enough to work with often enough. He is the whole film though and when he has the material then it is at its best. Bostic is a good "white-trash" cliché but is surprisingly wooden for the majority. Best's turn is funny and produces some narrative drive but also has the detrimental effect of jostling for time with the comedy character study which I thought the film should have stuck with. The style of delivery could have been different and, although some say it is overused, I think the "making a documentary" approach would have worked in the favour of the material as we have seen countless other times.

I wanted to really like this film because you can see the potential but sadly it is never fully realised. This doesn't make for a terrible film though and it does still have its moments where things work but mostly I felt like it was a big case of "close but no cigar" in regards the script and the delivery. It is OK and perhaps worth a look on television but there are much better versions of the same idea out there, many of which leave this film looking distinctively average.

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