Kickin' It Old Skool is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Harvey Glazer and written by Trace Slobotkin. The film's cast includes Jamie Kennedy, Bobby Lee, Maria Menounos, Michael Rosenbaum, and Vivica A. Fox. This movie was released on April 27, 2007 and grossed $2.49 million in its opening weekend. The movie is about a young breakdancer who hits his head during a talent show and slips into a coma for twenty years. Waking up in 2006, he looks to revive his and his team's career with the help of his girlfriend and his parents.


In 1986, 12-year-old Justin "Rocketshoe" Schumacher (Alexander Calvert) and his breakdancing group, The Funky Fresh Boyz (Darnell "Prince Def Rock" Jackson, Ali "Chilly Chill" Terasaki and Hector "Popcorn" Jimenez) (J.R. Messado, Hanson Ng and Anthony Grant), are ready for the annual talent show. The somewhat shy Justin has a crush on Jennifer (Alexia Fast), giving her a Garbage Pail Kid card in exchange for her Smurfette figurine, before his rival, the obnoxious rich kid Kip (Taylor Beaumont), gives her an expensive necklace. Justin and the Funky Fresh Boyz start the show, and in an effort to impress Jen and win the contest, Justin uses a dangerous and untested headspin maneuver, causing him to flips off the stage and falls into a coma.

Twenty years later, Justin (Jamie Kennedy) is still in a coma. The doctors tell his desperate parents that at this point, there is little sign that Justin will recover, and they decide to pull the plug on him. As his parents say goodbye and leave, however, a janitor rolls by with a radio playing the same song from the 1986 talent competition, "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock, which jars his brain to function, waking him from his 20-year coma. Justin now finds himself suddenly 32 years old, his parents bankrupt from overdue life support payments, and Jennifer (Maria Menounos), who has become a girls' dance instructor, engaged to Kip (Michael Rosenbaum). Kip is now an obnoxious promoter, and is set to host a breakdance contest broadcast on national television, with a grand prize of $100,000. Justin realizes that the money could help him repay his parents for what they've spent on his medical bills. Kip is sarcastic and still despises Justin, and schemes to keep him off the show and away from Jennifer.

Justin has a difficult time adjusting to both his deteriorated physical condition and the severe culture shock he encounters after 20 years, and is nearly arrested as a child predator before being recognized by a mall security guard, his old friend and Funky Fresh Boy, Darnell (Miguel A. Núñez Jr.). Darnell, who is now both a toy store employee and a failed inventor frequently slapped around by his wife, explains much of what has changed in the past 20 years to Justin, before introducing him to the rest of the crew. Aki (Bobby Lee) is an accountant, and has lost his old stereotypical Asian accent thanks to English classes; he is also trying to woo a colleague who claims he might have a 2% chance of sleeping with her if he were a professional breakdancer. Hector (Aris Alvarado) is now a meter maid, and is even more overweight than he was in school. Despite their reluctance to return to the '80s lifestyle, they agree to try to retrain their faded breakdancing skills to help Justin.

Initially the four are terrible, but their skills improve greatly with Justin's help, as Aki studies a Robosapien toy to reclaim his mastery of the robot. Justin and Jennifer begin reminiscing about the old days, and he eventually asks her on a date, which she thinks is just still a harmless crush. However, with the help of the internet and practicing on Hector wearing a bra, Justin learns how to please a woman quite well. A surprise appearance by David Hasselhoff allows the pair to go on a date in KITT from Knight Rider, however, just as Justin has her shirt off and is making his move, Kip calls, and Jennifer is reminded that she is still engaged to him and runs off embarrassed.

During a rather sour birthday party celebration, Justin is confronted by the diminutive but talented Cole (Jesse Brown) of the Iced Cole Crew, a group hired by Kip to ensure that the Funky Fresh Boyz don't win the contest. Cole challenges Justin to a dance-off in the parking lot, and after Cole's impressive routine a nervous and depressed Justin vomits on Cole and runs off, too disillusioned to compete on the show. The rest of the Boyz decide to have a breakdancing homeless man stand in for him. Kip gloats to Jennifer about his psychological victory over Justin, causing her to finally break up with him. As the dance tournament progresses, the Funky Fresh Boyz and the Iced Cole Crew each progress in their individual brackets toward the finals. Jennifer finds Justin sulking in a local bar, and convinces him that she wants to be with him and to come back to compete in the show.

Justin convinces his worried parents that he will be alright, reciting the lyrics to the theme song from Diff'rent Strokes as an inspirational speech. Although Kip tries to prevent him from dancing, Jennifer stirs the crowd and Cole into letting him dance, and the FFB get the win when Justin is able to successfully complete the headspin maneuver from '86. Kip is outraged and has a huge tantrum leading to him challenging Justin to a last dance off but the FFB don't give in. Kip is fired from the network, knocked out by a man from earlier in the film for using the word "retarded" and is urinated on by the homeless dancer. The Funky Fresh Boyz win the prize money, and Justin marries Jen. In the epilogue, she is currently teaching him how to use an iPod, though he is having trouble finding out where he puts the cassette tape in. Darnell has invented the 98¢ store, but his wife is still rather abusive towards him. Hector finds work as a Jennifer Lopez impersonator in Las Vegas, and Aki marries his co-worker Yu in a lavish Jewish ceremony, which has increased his chances of sleeping with her to 3%. Kip never recovered fully from being punched, is a judge on Dancing with the Stars.


Kickin' It Old Skool
  • Jamie Kennedy as Justin "Rocketshoe" Schumacher
  • Alexander Calvert as Young Justin
  • Maria Menounos as Jennifer
  • Alexia Fast as Young Jennifer
  • Miguel A. Núñez Jr. as Darnell "Prince Def Rock" Jackson
  • J.R. Messado as Young Darnell
  • Michael Rosenbaum as Kip
  • Taylor Beaumont as Young Kip
  • Christopher McDonald as Marty Schumacher
  • Debra Jo Rupp as Sylvia Schumacher
  • Bobby Lee as Aki "Chilly Chill" Terasaki
  • Hanson Ng as Young Aki
  • Aris Alvarado as Hector "Popcorn" Jimenez
  • Anthony Grant as Young Hector
  • Alan Ruck as Dr. Frye
  • Jesse Brown as Cole
  • David Hasselhoff as Himself/Michael Knight (cameo appearance)
  • Vivica A. Fox as Roxanna Jackson, Darnell's Wife
  • Emmanuel Lewis as Himself (cameo appearance)
  • Kira Clavell as Yun
  • Regan Oey as Kid in Toy Store
  • Burkely Duffield as George Michael Kid


Box office

The film grossed 2.49 million at its opening weekend and went on to gross a total of 4.4 million as opposed to its 25.7 million dollar budget making it a box office flop.

Critical response

Reviews for the film were extremely negative. The film received a 2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


External links

Kickin' It Old Skool
  • Kickin' It Old Skool at the Internet Movie Database
  • Kickin' It Old Skool at AllMovie

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