Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 08, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
81 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/25/02
performer
Steve Oedekerk, Tad Horino, Joon B. Kim, Fei Lung
director
Steve Oedekerk
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Steve Oedekerk
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a D

Steve Oedekerk wrote Patch Adams and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. He wrote and directed Ace Ventura 2 and Nothing to Lose. His audience does not prize subtlety; it prefers talking butt cheeks. But even hardcore Oedekerkians may roll their eyes during stretches of this processed comedy chop suey. It’s a scrambled version of Tiger & Crane Fists, a mediocre 1976 Hong Kong martial-arts flick that the writer-director-star has redubbed and digitally altered to suit the tastes of novices who have never seen Woody Allen’s What’s Up Tiger Lily? Or watched Mystery Science Theater 3000. Or Saturday Night Live. Or parodies of The Matrix and The Lion King. Or turned on a television. Oedekerk plays an orphan (raised by rodents) who’s looking for the villain who killed his parents. During the long sequence in which the hero fights a digital cow, with much attention paid to squirting udders, why not take a break and purchase some Milk Duds.

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