Late last year, we pointed our readers in the direction of The Paramount Vault, a YouTube channel where Paramount Pictures uploads full-length films from decades past. Admittedly, most of the movies aren’t going to make you consider canceling your Netflix subscription, but there was one very interesting addition this week.
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Long before he was terrorizing his family in Eastbound & Down or running from a hail of bullets with Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, Danny McBride starred in a ridiculous low-budget movie about a black belt Taekwondo instructor from North Carolina called The Foot Fist Way.
Based on the movie’s 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you might want to temper your expectations if you’ve never seen it before, but if you’re a fan of the Adam McKay/Will Ferrell brand of humor and want to see what McBride was up to long before he became a hot commodity in the industry, it’s worth a watch.
Here’s the film’s synopsis from the Paramount Vault Youtube description:
“Danny McBride (Pineapple Express & Tropic Thunder) stars in his breakout comedic performance as Fred Simmons, an inept, egotistical, outrageous Tae Kwon Do Master who rules his mini-mall dojo with an iron fist. Fred thinks he’s the ultimate sensei, but suffers a ferocious karate chop to the ego when he finds out his wife’s been having an affair. To regain his fleeting honor, he embarks on a rip-roaring journey to meet his idol martial arts celebrity Chuck “The Truck” Wallace — a debauched karate master and total jerk. Between the dojo throw-downs, hand-to-face combat, and serious board-breaking, you’ll never recover from the comedic fury of The Foot Fist Way.”