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Release Date: April 27, 2007

Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Maria Menounos, Christopher McDonald, Miguel A Nunez, Jr., Aris Alavarado, and Bobby Lee

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 107 minutes

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Bob Yari, Chairman
Yari Film Group
10850 Wilshire Boulevard, Sixth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 689-1450

Content:

(RoRo, Ho, LLL, VV, SS, N, AA, MM) Godless Romantic worldview where problems are solved by winning a dance contest, plus some homosexual references; about 50 obscenities (including one "f" word), four strong profanities, 21 light profanities, man urinates on other people, man vomits on another man, and a couple uses of the "N" word; man knocked out while dancing and lands in coma for 20 years, pratfalls, scuffling, a couple slaps, tackling, punch knocks out man, and another man accidentally hits his head; strong implied sexual content and references includes pedophile jokes, homosexual jokes, males lust after women, men find Internet porn (nothing shown), instruction and practice on groping a woman, some suggestive dancing, passionate kissing, two references to oral sex, and a scene where woman opens blouse for man to grope; man in bathtub stands up and leaves with rear male nudity and additional scenes with brief rear male nudity; alcohol use at a party with drunken behavior; no smoking; and, dishonesty, taunting, jokes about the mentally handicapped, family talks about "pulling the plug" on son in 20-year coma, and name calling.

Summary:

ICKIN’ IT OLD SKOOL is stupid, poorly made movie about a man who comes out of a coma after 20 years, gathers his old middle school dance partners and competes in a modern rap dance contest. It has enough foul language and sexual references to warrant an “R” rating but somehow managed to swing a “PG-13.”

Review:

ICKIN’ IT OLD SKOOL is stupid. The script is horrible and the acting is almost unbearable. Anyone foolish enough to pay money for a ticket probably deserves to suffer through the whole movie.

The movie opens with a 1985 middle school dance contest where young Justin Schumacher tries his fanciest move, falls off the stage, breaks his neck, and goes into a coma (yes, it’s a comedy). Twenty years later, Justin (played by Jamie Kennedy) is still in the coma when his parents agree to turn off life support. He miraculously comes out of the coma when he hears some 80s dance music (yes, you’re supposed to laugh). In order to pay his parents back for his medical expenses, he gathers his old dance group friends and begins training them to win a modern rap dance contest. Jamie Kennedy is required to act like a child in a man’s body. While Tom Hanks pulled this off in the movie BIG, it falls as flat as a pancake here.

KICKIN’ IT OLD SKOOL tries to be slapstick, tries to be cute, tries to be hip, tries to be romantic, and just fails miserably at everything. Audiences are supposed to laugh at a man throwing up on another man and at the movie's great climax where the bad guy gets urinated on by the town wino. There’s even a scene where David Hasselhoff drives up in the talking car from the 1980s TV show KNIGHT RIDER and lets Justin use the car for a date.

The movie has enough foul language and sexual references to warrant an “R” rating but somehow managed to swing a “PG-13.” It appears to be aimed at children with its slapstick child-in-a-man’s-body routine but it's aimed at college kids in terms of language and indecency. Whatever the aim, it scores a bulls eye on the trash can.

In Brief:

KICKIN’ IT OLD SKOOL opens with a 1985 dance contest where young Justin Schumacher falls off the stage, breaks his neck, and goes into a coma. Twenty years later, Justin is still in the coma when his parents agree to turn off life support. He miraculously comes out of the coma when he hears some 80s dance music. In order to pay his parents back for his medical expenses, Justin gathers his old dance group friends and trains them to win a modern rap dance contest.

KICKIN’ IT OLD SKOOL tries to be slapstick, cute, hip, and romantic, but just fails miserably at everything. Audiences are supposed to laugh at a man throwing up on another man and at the movie's great climax when the bad guy gets urinated on by the town wino. The movie has enough foul language and sexual references to warrant an “R” rating but somehow managed to swing a “PG-13.” It appears to be aimed at children with its slapstick child-in-a-man’s-body routine but it's aimed at college kids in terms of language and indecency. Whatever the aim, it scores a bulls eye on the trash can.