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Feature 4.5
Video 7.0
Audio 8.5
Special Features   0.0
Total 6.5
Distributor: Warner Bros
Running Time: 108 minutes
Classification: M15+
Reviewer:
Mark Beresford

6.5


Kickin' It Old Skool

Kickin' It Old Skool introduces up to April, 1986, where twelve year old Justin Schumacher is getting ready for his dance battle with his crew 'The Funky Fresh Boys' at the local talent show. After the promise of a post show date with his school yard crush Jennifer, Justin takes to the stage and attempts to finish off school bully Kip's crew with a dangerous and untested move that results in Justin back flipping off the stage and into a coma.

Twenty years roll on and Justin (Now played by Jamie Kennedy) is still in a coma and due to the increasing medical expenses on his parents Marty & Sylvia (Christopher McDonald & Debra Jo Rupp) they are forced to 'pull the plug' on Justins thirty second birthday. As they get ready to sign the necessary paperwork Justin is suddenly awoken from his coma by the passing sound of eighties hip-hop. Justin is now forced to adjust to life as a thirty year old and pickup his life again. After reconnecting with schoolyard funky fresh member and now home inventor Darnell (Miguel A. Núñez Jr) the pair come across Justins classic crush Jen (Maria Menounos) who is coordinating a dance competition with a hundred thousand dollar grand prize. Unfortunately for Justin, the competition is hosted by his school bully Kip, who is also now Jens fiancé.

With the finances of his coma still looming over his families head, Justin decides to get his crew back together, win the dance competition and get Jen back in the process. But with each Funky Fresh member they find, they also find that it's going to be harder than expected.

Jamie Kennedy has been struggling to find his Hollywood feet the last few years, and Kickin' It Old Skool is only going to make things tougher for him. His performance is extremely monotone, and aside from a few unique moments, it's just plain boring. It's not just Kennedys fault though, the script is dull and predictable, and leaves very little for the audience member to enjoy. Most of the jokes are simply eighties pop culture references and their novelty wears off about as quickly as the pop culture items themselves. The only true entertainment besides an occasional glimmer in the eighties dance soundtrack in this picture is the supporting cast. Christopher McDonald and Debra Jo Rupp are very scarce throughout the picture but provide instant comic relief whenever they hit the screen. Núñez does a great job as the best friend and keeps the movie rolling in most places while Vivica A Fox is truly memorable although she only appears in one scene as Darnells wife, and finally Menounos gives the film some sort of grounding from its epically wild plot.

This is one Kennedy will have to file away with 'The Mask 2: Son Of The Mask', it relies way to heavily on past fad references and does nothing to allow you to connect with the characters. For a comedy, the script is massively unfunny and about as interesting as watching paint dry. If you see it on the DVD shelf, just move along.

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