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Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

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All-Reviews.com Movie Review: Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

Starring: Steve Oedekerk, Tad Horino
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 81 Minutes
Release Date: January 2002
Genres: Action, Comedy


*Also starring: Philip Tan, Jimmy Wang Yu, Liu Chia Yung, Jennifer Tung, Lung Fai, Lau Kar Wing



Review by Steve Rhodes
½ star out of 4

You've probably seen the ads for KUNG POW!: ENTER THE FIST by writer/director Steve Oedekerk (ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS) and thought to yourself, it can't be as bad as it looks. Well, I am here to report that you're right but for the wrong reason. It's actually quite a bit worse. It could well end up being the worst movie of 2002. It's that bad.

The Chosen One (Oedekerk) is a kung fu master who was raised by rodents. The opening scene, when he is a baby, is so darkly lit as to be indecipherable. It's too bad that all of the movie wasn't shot in shades of black. This is a movie that you'll wish you hadn't seen.

The Chosen One is a lightening fast martial arts master whose fists can shred people's clothes like a pair of scissors. One of his opponents runs away in embarrassment after the Chosen One cuts his wardrobe down to something that looks like a bikini.

The film has the most pathetic English dubbing that I've ever seen. Frequently several seconds go by after a character's mouth moves before his speech comes out.

One of the unfunniest of the recurring sight gags comes from the Chosen One's mouth. Inside it is something he calls "tonguey." His tongue has a face on the front of it and its own little tongue that it sticks out at those whom it wishes to ridicule. Like most of the film's comedy attempts, this one plays like a Saturday Night Live skit reject.

Buy a couple of tickets to KUNG POW!: ENTER THE FIST and give them to your worst enemy. And, if you accidentally find yourself at this movie, demand your money back.

KUNG POW!: ENTER THE FIST runs an extremely long 1:23. It is rated PG-13 for "comic violence, crude and sexual humor" and would be acceptable for kids around 12 and up.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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