Truth time: 2002’s “Kung Pow! Enter the Fist” not a movie everyone will like. This is not a movie for people who don’t like slapstick or silly comedies. But Kung Pow is one of my all time favorite movies. Why you ask?
Because this little movie got me to laugh, and laugh, during what turned out to be a rough month for me. There was a lot of stuff going on at home that January, and Kung Pow took me out my funk.
“Kung Pow! Enter the Fist” was another one of our famous Tuesday Movie Nights flicks. The night we saw Kung Pow, it was a smaller group than usual. Only Laneit, John, Laneit’s then girlfriend and myself made the journey to Patriot Cinemas that night. And for a while, we were the only ones in the theater. Then a lady we didn’t know came in, and for some reason told us that her and her boyfriend had a fight at the mall across the street and she decided to hide at the movies.
In other words, this lady didn’t want to see “Kung Pow! Enter the Fist,” it just happened to fit her fight schedule. She didn’t know what the movie was about, but to be fair, neither did we. In case you’ve never heard of Kung Pow either, here’s what you need to know from IMBD:
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is a movie within a movie, created to spoof the martial arts genre. Writer/director Steve Oedekerk uses contemporary characters and splices them into a 1970s kung-fu film, weaving the new and old together. As the main character, The Chosen One, Oedekerk sets off to avenge the deaths of his parents at the hands of kung-fu legend Master Pain. Along the way, he encounters some strange characters, one of which is a cow trained in the martial arts.
Anyways, we loved this movie. Everything about it was so damn insane we couldn’t help laughing our heads off. I don’t think Laneit’s girlfriend loved it as much as we did, but we didn’t care. We thought it was the funniest thing we’d seen in a while.
We enjoyed the movie so much that two weeks later when a co-worker gave me free passes to a General Cinema, Laneit and I went to see Kung Pow again. On this second trip to the movies there were a few more people in the theater, but we were the only two laughing.
About three months later, Laneit found out that a second run movie theater in East Providence, Rhode Island was showing Kung Pow. So what else are a couple of fans to do? We drove down in the middle of the week, grabbed lunch at Wendy’s, and saw Kung Pow again!
This time, we were the only two people in the theater. And once again, we laughed at all the stupid stuff like: piggy go oink-oink, the squeaky shoes, the tiny net, and swinging the chain. But this was the first time I saw the whale, and the after credit scene.
In the end we saw Kung Pow three times on the big screen in two different states, and each time we had a blast.