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The Foot Fist Way


A review of the movie “The Foot Fist Way.” 

The reason I created a page for this movie is because of where it was shot. It was filmed at Concord Taekwondo America in Concord, North Carolina, which is one of the core schools of the Taekwondo America organization to which I belonged. Many of the cast are students in the school who I have worked out with and competed against. The school is owned by Master Sean Baxter (Roy Powers in the movie), a friend of mine.


The Foot Fist Way (Official trailer) is a very funny low-budget film about a strip-mall taekwondo school owner, Fred Simmons (played by Hot Rod’s Danny McBride), an egomaniacal dolt who is self-deluded, obnoxious, and bullying, particularly with small children and women. His behavior may make you cringe, but he is often hilarious. As a taekwondo instructor, he espouses the tenets of taekwondo as piously as a preacher does the Ten Commandments, but he behaves as an egotistical moron.

Simmons is a small-time, out-of-shape. 4th degree black belt who fancies himself as the “King of the Demo,” still brags about the championship he won in 1991, and who idolizes a dopey martial arts/movie star named Chuck "the Truck" Wallace (Ben Best), the 8-time undefeated champ and star of the "Seven Rings of Pain" trilogy.

Simmons is married to Suzie (Mary Jane Bostic), who is ultra-blonde-haired, aggressively tanned, and loves spandex. When Fred finds out she has cheated on him (a habit he refers to as her "ways"), he begins to fall apart. His inexplicably loyal students become fodder for his misplaced rage, and a young female student must endure his pathetic efforts to impress and romance her, which develop into disturbing stalker-like behaviors.

Fred takes two students and a creepy friend (played by director Hill) on a road trip to meet his idol Chuck the Truck and sells his red sports car to get enough money to lure Chuck to his school. After Chuck and Suzie hook up, Fred seems likable compared to these two lowlifes.

About the movie

Writer/director/producer/co-star Jody Hill shot the movie in 19 days in the summer of 2005 on a $70,000 budget, financed by credit cards. The film won over midnight audiences at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006, but only landed a United Kingdom distributor. After the festival, DVDs were passed around Hollywood talent agencies and finally, things began to come together. Judd Apatow asked Hill to come by the set, Ben Stiller became a fan, and Tom Cruise met with Hill. Eventually, Will Ferrell and his producing partner Adam McKay purchased the movie for distribution through Paramount Vantage.

To promote the movie, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride appeared as guests on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 26, 2008. Ferrell appeared first and played things relatively straight. Then McBride appeared as the character Fred Simmons. Most viewers were not familiar with the film, the character, or the actor, so to them, the seemingly disastrous taekwondo demonstration in which Simmons asked for a "redo" after a failed attempt to break a block seemed real. During his interview segment, Simmons repeatedly lashed out at Ferrell for dancing around in a sexual nature during his earlier interview segment. A hint that the whole situation was set up was when the film’s website address was flashed on screen during the interview.

Credited cast

  • Danny R. McBride (Fred Simmons)
  • Ben Best (Chuck "The Truck" Wallace)
  • Mary Jane Bostic (Suzie Simmons)

Other cast listed alphabetically

  • Ken Aguilar (Rick)
  • Tyler Baum (Armand)
  • Sean Baxter (Roy Powers)
  • Bruce Cameron (Bruce)
  • Erin Fisher (Ticket Girl #1)
  • Libertad Green (Drunk Model)
  • Juan-Carlos Guzman (Carlos)
  • Jody Hill (Mike McAlister)
  • Jeff Hoffman (Dr. Love)


Running Time: 1 hr. 27 min
MPAA Rating: R for strong language and some sexual content
Distributors: Paramount Vantage
Production Company: You Know I Can't Kiss You, Inc., Gary Sanchez Productions 

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