Going in to Kung Pow: Fists of Fury, I had amazingly low expectations. I knew that it was a spoof of old bad Kung-Fu movies, so I went in expecting low brow silliness. What I got was one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.
Director Steve Oedekerk known for Directing Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and doing pretty much everything for Thumb Wars and The Blair Thumb tries again to do it all in Kung Pow including: Write, Produce, Star and voice act for almost every character in the film. It ultimately proves to be too much, and the lack of other creative energies is appearant.
Kung Pow isn't exactly a 'new' film, much of it is a redub of "Savage Killers" a seventies Kung-Fu Movie with Oedekerk 'inserted' into the film (ala Forrest Gump). It's an interesting concept, and technically Oedekerk does a good job with the integration. But Oedekerk can't keep focused on the main story and often makes wide left turns in order to insert a gag or out right parody of other films. The gags feel forced and none of them are outrageously funny, in the end they seem to serve more to push the movie over the hour mark more than anything else.
One of the major problems with Kung Pow (aside from the fact that it really isn't funny) is that Oedekerk doesn't have the screen presence of actors like Jim Carrey or Tom Green. He comes off more like a film student acting in his own film than a comedic actor. Maybe had Oedekerk found a naturally funny actor the humor would have worked better. As it is Oedekerk ends up getting in the way of his own material.
In the screening that I saw Kung Pow in there were a few people who were cackling at the film, while I noticed a number of other people get up and walk out mid-way through. If your morbid curiosity gets the better of you for this film I'd highly recommend waiting for it to come to DVD . At a paltry 81 mins Kung Pow is a very short film, and I left the theater feeling like I had watched a bad movie that probably was better suited for a late night showing on Comedy Central rather than on the big screen.