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The Karate Kid (2010)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Family  |  11 June 2010 (USA)
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Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.



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A Challenge He Never Imagined. A Teacher He Never Expected.


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Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Kid  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$55,665,805 (USA) (11 June 2010)


$176,591,618 (USA) (17 September 2010)

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You gotta be kidding me
13 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a waste of 36 bucks. And that doesn't count the popcorn and drinks. Somehow I got dragged into this movie by my kid and was prepared to see a Will Smith horror of a remake but figured I take one for the team.

It was worse.

Not only was the charm and creativity of the original completely absent from this gratuitous Smith family showcase, but the whole premise was preposterous. Although they claim he is 12, the actual actor is 10 going on 11 and so frail that you fear his limbs are actually going to snap should he land a blow in real life. Totally miscast project with such a offensive plot to actual Chinese culture that I have to believe it will be changed dramatically for Asian release or simply only available on bootleg in China.

Even if there was no original charismatic "Karate Kid" to compare this to, it was way too full of Will Smith ego and nepotism to be seriously considered as a piece of legitimate, quality film.

Simply put...awful.

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