Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Year: 2002
Directed By: Steve Oedekerk
Written By: Steve Oedekerk

RYAN’S REVIEW

Are there words to describe this movie? Is there anything I can even say about it to put into words how funny or weird it all is? I suppose I should start by simply mentioning that it came out when I was in college and I was often in the right state of mind to really enjoy it.  Some movies are made for that state of mind and this movie definitely is if I have ever seen one. You know what I’m talking about and given we have watched this movie on my birthday, which happens to be 420, I suggest this is one you see if you have celebrated the holiday on your own, or will in the future.

This is definitely one of those movies I can mention and say, “I have never seen another one like it.” This movie is a combination of new footage and Steve Oedekerk inserted into old footage from a forgotten movie called The Savage KillersThe entire movie was dubbed with new dialouge, even the scenes in which only Oedekerk is talking.  He specifically shot his own scenes with different dialogue so that his lips wouldn’t match up with the dubbing of real lines.  Oedekerk did all the voices with the exception of the only female in the movie.  Again, I don’t really have the words to describe this dialogue anymore than I have words to describe the movie as a whole but that is just the type of film it is.

I think Steve Oedekerk is a really funny guy and appreciate many of the movies he has made.  He has often collaborated with Jim Carrey and I’m not sure which one influences the other when that happens.  He directed Carrey in his second Ace Ventura movie and I have always thought that was the funnier film of the two.  He later reunited with Carrey as a writer for Bruce Almighty and he will be working with him again for an upcoming movie called Ricky StanickyBased on their prior collaborations I really do think these guys were made to make movies together and look forward to what they might do.  I have been really disappointed in Carrey lately who just really seems to be out of the limelight these days.  He is a really talented comedian and actor so I hope his next collaboration with Oedekerk gets him back on top.

This movie is undoubtedly as goofy as any movie can get, but that’s what makes it fun. It’s also what makes it a perfect movie to watch on 420 but that is beside the point.  You will never see another movie like this and you might not know what to make of it if you do see it.  I think it is hilarious and will walk around for weeks after seeing it quoting lines from the film.  The movie ends with a preview for a sequel that never happened.  For years I had hoped it would eventually come out and for a while it was something always listed as being in production.  Sadly it never happened though and at this point it is safe to assume it will never happen.  Still, it appeared to be on its way to being just as awesome as this one was.

I only recommend this movie to certain people and even then I do so with reservations.  This movie isn’t for everyone but I would consider it a cult classic and one I will still laugh at as an old man one day.  No one will ever “tell you of the significance” of this movie because it is hardly significant at all.  It is a very funny movie though that you will either love or hate with a passion.  Watch at your own risk and let me know what you think about it.  I won’t tell you it is worth your time but will admit I think it was more than worth mine.

AMBER’S REVIEW

This movie is hilarious. I don’t care if you don’t get it, and hate it. THIS MOVIE IS HILARIOUS. It makes little to no sense at all, but isn’t that the genius of it all?

kungpow

This poster is beyond ridiculous, just like the movie. There is a gradient in the title and a STARBURST! He is using gopher chucks! Which he does in the movie; see, I told you it made no sense. I’m sorry I can’t really do this one, it’s just too funny and not serious.

NEXT MOVIE: L.A. Confidential (1997)

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