Kung Pow!: Enter the Fist (2002) 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… 2002-01-25 PG-13 PT81M Action/Adventure Comedy Steve Oedekerk Tad Horino Joon B. Kim Fei Lung 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

Kung Pow!: Enter the Fist (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Steve Oedekerk, Kung Pow! Enter the Fist | KUNG POW LICKIN' A fighting mad Oedekerk makes eye contact with his foes
Image credit: Kung Pow!: Enter the Fist: Peter Iovino
KUNG POW LICKIN' A fighting mad Oedekerk makes eye contact with his foes

Details Release Date: Jan 25, 2002; Rated: PG-13; Length: 81 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy; With: Steve Oedekerk; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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 Kung Pow!: Enter the Fist, a 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.

Originally posted Jan 30, 2002