Release Date: April 27th, 2007 by Yari Film Group.
The Cast: Jamie Kennedy, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Maria Menounos, Michael Rosenbaum, Bobby Lee, Aris Alvarado, Debra Jo Rupp.
Directed by Harvey Glazer.
BASIC PREMISE: 20 years after an accident during a breakdancing competition leaves him comatose, Justin (Kennedy) wakes up with a childish spirit in the year 2006, sets out to win prize money in another breakdancing competition and to win back his high school sweetheart, Jennifer (Menounos).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Your enjoyment of Kickin’ it Old Skool depends heavily on how much you can tolerate Jamie Kennedy as a comedic actor. When he awakes from a 20-year coma, Justin, a.k.a. Rocket Shoe, still has his childish behavior intact along with the spirit of the 80’s. He gathers together his old breakdancing crew, Chilly Chill (Lee), Popcorn (Alvarado) and Prince Def Rock (Núñez Jr.) and gets them back in the groove of breakdancing—even Prince Def Rock, who’s a bit overweight now. Justin has two goals in mind: winning the breakdancing competition as well as getting back together with his sexy high school sweetheart, Jennifer. His only obstacle is Jennifer’s smarmy boyfriend, Kip (Rosenbaum), who happens to be host of the competition. Jamie Kennedy gives an expectedly silly performance which occasionally feels irritating in the same way that Pauly Shore’s comic shtick can get. Most of the humor is juvenile and there’s some toilet humor—i.e. Justin vomits and elderly homeless man who breakdances has the habit of letting one rip and urinating whenever he falls down. Director Harvey Glazer films the breakdancing scenes with lots of energy and excitement, much like in another movie with breakdancing, You Got Served. Despite its silly, predictable plot and cardboard characters, Kickin’ it Old Skool never takes itself too seriously while often paying homage to the 80’s groove. It falls under the same kind of mindless entertainment just like the recent Blades of Glory. Watch for a few hilarious cameos, especially one by David Hasselhoff.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you check your brain at the door.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
IN A NUTSHELL: Outrageously funny, mindless entertainment with the funky spirit of the 80’s. If you loved Blades of Glory, you'll get a kick out of this one.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater
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