When he was 12 years old, Justin Schumacher (Jamie Kennedy) was the star of his wicked little break-dancing crew. During a heated competition, he tried a fancy move that put him in a coma—for 20 years. Fast-forward to 2006, and the now 32-year-old Justin wakes up to find that the world has moved on—but not that much.
The funniest thing about Kickin' It Old Skool , yet another in a long line of not particularly funny Kennedy movies (see Son of the Mask and Malibu's Most Wanted ), is how little we actually have advanced since the ‘80s, a few bits of technology notwithstanding. It's also funny that Kennedy has made yet another movie in which he's basically playing an aging white guy who thinks he's a young black guy and no one seems to notice.
In any case, in Kickin' It Old Skool everything from Justin's room to his clothes to his friends are more or less the same as they were in 1986, which, given the status of many post-Gen Xers, would likely have been true whether he was in a coma for 20 years or not. During the ensuing two decades, the only thing that seems to have changed in Justin's life is that his childhood girlfriend Jennifer (Maria Menounos) grew up and is about to marry his childhood nemesis, and his parents have collected enormous medical bills on his behalf. It's lucky, then, that Justin needs only to get the old crew together and win an upcoming big-money break-dancing contest (‘cuz there are a lot of those) to get back his girl and save the family from insolvency.
To be fair, this film has it moments. One is when Justin attempts to watch MTV only to find that there's no music but rather just a bunch of "…yelling and crying." And watching the not-yet middle-aged but nevertheless too-old-for-break-dancing likes of Kennedy and crew break-dancing anyway is funny for obvious reasons.
Cast: Jamie Kennedy, Mari Menounos, Michael Rosenbaum and Christopher MacDonald
Director: Harvey Glazer
Screenwriters: Trace Slobotkin and Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan
Producers: Bob Yari, John Hermansen, Phillip Glasser and Jamie Kennedy
Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content and language
Running time: 107 min.
Release date: April 27, 2007