Despite its shoestring budget and limited resources, this hilarious flick about a small town Tae Kwon Do instructor the co-writer and comedy star of tomorrow Danny McBride whose delusions of grandeur collide with his pathetic personal life is an unholy cross between Bottle Rocket, Napoleon Dynamite, and Talladega Nights — only, like, funnier. Luckily, it eventually found its way to the eyeballs of kindred spirits Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who snatched it up and are now releasing it today! Vulture spoke to director Jody Hill via phone in New Mexico, where he is busy shooting his next film. How did you make the film? It seems like you basically maxed out all your credit cards. Right after graduation, I moved to Los Angeles for like five, six years.
He styles himself a big shot, driving a Ferrari and extolling the virtues of Taekwondo to potential new students, but loses his confidence after he discovers that his wife, Suzie Mary Jane Bostic gave her boss a handjob after a drunken office party. In order to restore his confidence, he attends a martial arts expo. He meets his idol, B movie action star Chuck "the Truck" Wallace Ben Best , who in reality turns out to be a dirty and drunken mess. After nearly brawling with Chuck's seedy friends, Fred persuades Chuck to make an appearance at his upcoming Taekwondo belt test and then parties with his friends and students in Chuck's hotel room. Shortly thereafter, Suzie returns to Fred after losing her job.
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Cast Ben Best There's nothing particularly subtle about the humor in Waiting For Guffman, Christopher Guest's mockumentary about a community theater group's attempts to celebrate its Missouri town's sesquicentennial, but there's nothing particularly mean about it either. Guest invites viewers to laugh at the film's parade of provincial eccentrics, but the invitation stops well short of cruelty. But not every small-town comedy knows better than to cross that line. Like an insult comic inviting the audience to applaud at a victim for being a good sport, Napoleon Dynamite gave its hero three minutes of redemption after 90 minutes of humiliation.