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Kickin' It Old Skool

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
4 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Jamie Kennedy as Justin Schumacher
Maria Menounos as Jennifer Stone
Miguel A. Nez Jr. as Darnell Jackson
Michael Rosenbaum as Kip Unger
Christopher McDonald as Marty Schumacher
Debra Jo Rupp as Sylvia Schumacher
Bobby Lee as Aki Terasaki
Aris Alvarado as Hector Jimenez
Alan Ruck as Dr. Fry
Jesse Brown as Cole
Stuart Stone as DJ Tanner
Vivica A. Fox as Roxanne Jackson
David Hasselhoff as Himself
Emmanuel Lewis as Himself
Alexander Calvert as Justin Schumacher (Age 12)

Special Features:
12 Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 109 Minute

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Break Dancing Isn't Dead - It's Been In A Coma!

It's 1986, when greed is good, leg warmers are great, and break dancing is the greatest! But, right in the middle of a break dancing contest, Justin Schumacher (Jamie Kennedy) hits his head so hard he winds up in a coma! When he wakes up 20 years later, his poodle haircut is out of style, the woman of his dreams (Maria Menounos) is engaged to his worst rival and his parents are drowning in his medical bills. Now Justin must jump-start his break dancing career in order to regain a normal life - and his girlfriend. So whether you miss the '80s or missed the '80s, here's your chance to fall on the floor laughing - and bust a move while you're down there!"

"Kickin' It Old Skool" is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content and language.

Mini-Review:
"Kickin' It Old Skool" starts out promising enough. As a child of the '80s, any film that opens featuring Transformers and He-Man figures is OK in my book. Unfortunately, things go downhill from there. Toy references alone don't save a bad movie.

"Kickin' It Old Skool" rips off several other films. It features the man-child aspects of "Big," the crude comedy of the Farrellys, and the dancing of basically any of the recent dance movies. Sadly, it doesn't imitate any of them successfully.

I don't think I laughed once during this film. Jamie Kennedy plays a pre-teen in an adult's body. However, I've never seen a pre-teen act the way he does in the film, even if he was from the '80s. Kennedy plays him more like an 8 year old. The end result is a lot of stupid jokes about sex, differences between 1986 and 2006, and break dancing. The supporting cast doesn't help much, either. Maria Menounos is beautiful to stare at, but the script doesn't use her well. She's a choreographer that we never actually see dance. None of the other actors do much that's funny, either.

I'd really suggest passing on "Kickin' It Old Skool." It's simply not amusing enough to waste two hours of your life on.

The only notable bonus features are the 12 deleted scenes. The best one actually features Rowdy Roddy Piper, John Ratzenberger, and Erik Estrada as more of Kennedy's drug induced hallucinations.

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