Thursday, August 23, 2007

Kickin’ It Old Skool DVD

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Headline: Jamie Kennedy Dud about Dude Destined to Breakdance Due on DVD

Justin (Jamie Kennedy) was left in a vegetative state after landing on his head while breakdancing as an adolescent. Fast forward twenty years and we find his parents (Christopher McDonald and Debra Jo Rupp) pulling the plug on their son’s life support system due to their mounting debt.
Miraculously, the kid recovers, though he is now 32 but still with the mind of a 12 year-old. So, he tracks down the other members of his pre-teen posse, The Funky Fresh Boys, to see if they’re interested in entering a dance contest with $100,000 grand prize.
First, he finds his best friend Darnell (Miguel Nunez, Jr.) who is married but unemployed and gets no respect from his sassy wife, Roxanne (Vivica A. Fox). Though her husband denies that he’s the father of her three kids, she warns him as he leaves, “I don’t want to see your black ass again till you get a whole lot of money or a whole lot of diapers.”
There’s also morbidly obese Hector (Aris Alvarado), and Aki Terasaki (Bobby Lee) whom the others ask to say “booby traps” just so they can laugh at his Asian accent. This sort of bad taste humor is par for the course in Kickin’ It Old Skool, one of the most offensive gross-out comedies in recent memory.
Not one scene of this disgusting shocksploit is either entertaining or funny. The film features a variety of graphically-depicted sanitation issues, ranging from urination to feces to projectile vomiting. And its disgusting dialogue repeatedly resorts to ethnic, gender and other assorted slurs, with blacks, Asians, females, gays and Jews taking turns as the brunt of the joke.
In the future, Jamie Kennedy ought to let a bomb-sniffing dog check out scripts for him.

Poor (0 stars)
Rated PG-13 for profanity, ethnic slurs, sexuality and crude humor.
Running time: 108 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home EntertainmentDVD Extras: Previews and a theatrical trailer.

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