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By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 24, 2002

Spreading himself too thin?

All the crouching tigers and hidden dragons in the world can't save Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, a martial arts spoof that doesn't even look promising in preview trailers. Steve Oedekerk is the screenwriter; one look at his resume (Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Patch Adams, Nothing to Lose, the second, nonfunny Ace Ventura flick) pegs the limitations of his humor. Oedekerk also directs Kung Pow: Enter the Fist and drastically cuts corners by incorporating loads of action footage from a 1976 kung fu flick, Savage Killers, with his freshly produced crudeness. Oedekerk also stars as "the Chosen One," avenging the death of his parents. Sounds like moviegoers could be leaving the theater even before snatching the pebble from their master's hands.

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