A bullied teen who fantasizes about being Chuck Norris' sidekick trains in martial arts to fulfill his dreams.

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Jerry Gabrewski
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Barry Gabrewski
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Mr. Lee
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Noreen Chan (as Julia Nickson-Soul)
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Kelly Stone
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Randy Cellini
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Horn
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Mapes
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Hank
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Man with Dog
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Old Chinese Man
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Storyline

Barry is an asthmatic kid having trouble in life. He lives with his father, a computer programmer, in Texas. Barry is struggling to get by in life, dealing with his rough school life, bullies, as well as his health. Barry's only source of enjoyment is fantasizing that he is with Chuck Norris. Barry becomes sick of getting picked on by the bigger guys, and decides to learn karate, in hopes of one day meeting the great Chuck Norris. Written by Anonymous

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A dreamer and a champion. An unbeatable team...Until his hero stepped out of his fantasies to fight at his side.


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Rated PG for mild violence and some language | See all certifications »

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30 April 1993 (USA)  »

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$17,180,393 (USA)
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Trivia

Jonathan Brandis later unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones", which Hayden Christensen was got the part. Anakin Skywalker bares some similarities to Barry Gabrewski: Anakin Skywalker lives with his mother Shmi Skywalker. Anakin dreams of being a Jedi Knight. Anakin is introduced to Obi-Wan Kenobi by Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan trains Anakin as a Jedi and instructs him with a lightsaber and in the ways of the force and Anakin fights the villains besides Obi-Wan. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chuck Norris has a beard. See more »

Goofs

During the tie breaker part of the competition, when Randy is doing his second break, he asks for another brick. The announcer states that he is attempting a record breaking 9 bricks, but in the original breaking competition, Mr. Lee asked for started with 8 bricks, then asked for a 9th to be added, and when he breaks the bricks, there are actually 10 bricks in his stack. This should have been a record. See more »

Quotes

Barry: Nobody likes me. Why would he?
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Referenced in Movie Nights: Gooby (2011) See more »

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In the Hall of the Mountain King
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by Edvard Grieg
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"It's not going to be so easy this time"
14 February 2002 | by (San Ho) – See all my reviews

Aaron Norris delivers a wonderful blend of kung fu fighting, day dreams and high school angst in this underrated family film. Jonathan Brandis (who was having a banner year in '92 with this and Ladybugs) dreams of being Chuck Norris' 'sidekick' in fighting terrorists, evil dictators and various other cardboard cut-outs. Why Norris you ask? Probably because they couldn't get Stallone or Schwarzenegger. This is surprisingly watchable if you don't let logic get in the way.


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