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Kickin' It Old Skool 2007

A young breakdancer hits his head during a talent show and slips into a coma for twenty years. Waking up in 2006, he looks to revive his and his team's career with the help of his girlfriend and his parents...

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call me biased but i have a big crush on bobby lee... i am so so looking forward to see this movie. i wonder if anybody can come with me to see this... my treat (and i don't mean movie tickets, if you know what i mean... ;) - my treat ... popcorn that is, silly. teehee ^_^
I sat through 75 mins of this before i walked out... Jamie Kennedey is bad already as an adult but as a 13 year old kid... its aweful!
Kickin' It Old Skool (Harvey Glazer, 2007) *
Theater First Viewing, 1 Glazer film seen

Nothing to say about this one. I am embarassed to say I laughed about 5 or 6 times during it. They were not genuine laughs, by any means, but there is almost something funny about the premise - if it wasn't tired after three minutes and product-placement-ridden.

Kickin' It Old Skool 0/10
The movie that gives all amateurs hope of getting their films produced and distributed on a national scale, Kickin' It Old Skool is probably the worst piece of film making, at least in recent years, that I have ever seen in theaters. It takes a real effort to get a movie to bomb in every notable facet of its existence. But make no mistake, Kickin' It Old Skool puts forth a valiant effort in this regard.

The acting, supposedly led by Jamie Kennedy, is the down right horrible. Kennedy can't hide his awful acting behind the character he plays and the audience realizes it right off the bat. The supporting cast of actors is equally shallow. The guy dressed as a burrito/taco and the old homeless guy ("AKA Big Jennifer Garner AKA Ca-Ca-Ca...") provide a couple of comedic parts only because of the absolute stupidity, randomness, and lack of aid they provide in moving this story along its plot line. The cameo of David Hasselhoff with his "Don't Hassle the Hoff" T-shirt provides only a glimpse of escape out of this supposed comedy.

Speaking of plot, it is just plain abominable. It seems to get lost during the middle hour of the movie and suddenly reappears in the last half hour. The weak plot tries to instill some sort of appearance of order, but it ends up just being a mess of scenes with no real purpose.

Consequently, this movie fulfills all categories of bad film making and seems not to realize it. Maybe one day, the film makers and the actors will all write letters of apology to those who had to suffer through it. One can only hope...

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So why did Khan see this film? Confession: two of my guilty pleasures are Blast From The Past (Hugh Wilson, 1999) and Malibu's Most Wanted (John Whitesell, 1999). This movie is not as cute as the former, and not as funny as the latter. It's just plain awful.

I hate this movie. Let's just start there. No wait, I have to summarize it. Okay, fine: it's what my friend John and I call a "save grandma's farm" plot: dude who's been in a coma after a freak breakdancing accident in the '80's wakes up and realizes he has to win a dance competition so his parents can keep their house. I really don't feel like telling you anything else about this movie because it's so formulaic, you could leave in the middle of it and still know what happened while you were gone. I do not understand why they write these movies at a fifth grade level. I do not understand why they keep making this same film over and over again. And I do not understand why Jamie Kennedy thought this was a good career move, at a time when he no longer has a show, and EIGHT YEARS since his last film. Kennedy had no input into the writing of this film (not the case with Malibu) and bas almost nothing to do here. I'm giving this movie a point because he does a decent job playing a kid, but doesn't say or do anything funny. Which is probably the best way to approach the rest of this review:

THINGS THAT ARE NOT FUNNY:

1) Sitting on a cake and covering it up.
2) Doctors complaining about how much money they make.
3) Fish out of water stories
4) Mom and dad arguing about nothing; dad caring a lot about his TiVo
5) The "n" word
6) Debunking Asian stereotypes so you're justified in using them.
7) Watching fat people dance badly
8) "The Hoff"
9) Eighties references for the sake of making eighties references.
10) InterNET porn
11) Men in drag
12) People who know nothing about sex trying to get some
13) Vomit

Have I covered everything? Probably not, but I hope you get my point. This movie tries desperately hard to make you laugh, and the only time I even chuckled was when Maria Menounos's character says, "he's got more balls than you," and Michael Rosenbaum's responds with, "what, he's got three?" I don't know if that line was ad-libbed or not, but it draws attention to how shitty the screenplay is. And Rosenbaum seemed to be the only cast member having any semblance of fun with this material. Well, maybe Vivica A. Fox, becuz it gave her an excuse to be ghetto. This movie is worse than White Chicks (Keenan Ivory Wayans, 2004). At least I laughed in that film.

Again, this movie isn't a complete loss only because many of the women in it are attractive, it uses some great eighties songs (like Herbie Hancock's "Rockit", a personal favorite of mine), and Kennedy's performance is okay. But the breakdancing isn't even well shot, so it's not very impressive, and when you consider that this is a save grandma's farm plot in a movie about breakdancing, you might as well see Breakin' (Joel Silberg, 1984), which is the same thing, only it's entertaining /and/ nostalgic. This movie tries to be both, and fails miserably.

Look, the way to do a movie like this is either like Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Jay Roach, 1997) or UHF (Jay Levey, 1989). In the former, you have genuinely funny jokes where you let your lead actor really do his thing 100%. He has to carry the whole film, sure, but it's a great showcase for his talent (which was the case in Malibu too). The original Austin Powers was so funny that the serious parts of the story detracted from it, I thought, which is why I liked the sequal better. UHF, on the other hand, is so over the top that it seems to be making fun of itself. The filmmakers know how stupid the material is, and just go with it 100%. That too makes it funny.

This movie attempts to recycle old crap exactly as it was. And it just plain doesn't work.
Yet another promising plot idea shot to hell. There are so many clever and fun things they could have done with this story, but the writers instead stooped to idiotic humor and bad and unfunny jokes. The cast has no charisma or style. There are a few good scenes, but hardly enough to carry the movie.
Very cool flick, I recommend it to everyone of all ages. You won't regret watching this movie if you have any kind of humor or soul in you :). Kicks ass!
This movie had some funny moments, but not enough to save this Jamie Kennedy break dancing clunker. First of all, I grew up in the 80's so I loved all the pop culture references. This movie did not use Bobby Lee's comedic talent at all, his character was just kind of blah and not written well just like the rest of Kennedy's dance posse. Finally as pretty and sweet as Maria Menounos is, she is not a very good actress. She has no charisma in her voice just like Beyonce and Jessica Simpson when they act. She should probably stick to entertainment reporting.
(** 1/2):

It has its moments but overall, it is not a particulary laugh-out-loud film. It did bring back some old and wonderful memories, though.
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