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The Karate Kid (2010)

 -  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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12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life. Written by Columbia Pictures

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

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Action | Drama | Family | Sport

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

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,882,306 (UK) (30 July 2010)

Gross:

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

Sony considered changing the film's title to "The Kung Fu Kid" but this idea was nixed by producer Jerry Weintraub. See more »

Goofs

The Qixi Festival that Dre attends with his mom and Mr. Han falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. Though the exact date in our modern calendar varies from year to year, it is usually sometime in August. However, a few scenes after this festival, Mr. Han says the date is June 8th. This is not possible unless 11 months had passed in those few scenes. See more »

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[first lines]
Sherry Parker: Dre, you ready?
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The opening and closing credits for the movie are shown in both English and Chinese. See more »

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Written by Jared Cotter, Sean Paul (as Sean Paul Henriques), Jay Sean (as Kamaljit Jhooti),
Robert Larow, Jeremy Skaller, Lil Jon (as Jonathan Smith) and Frankie Storm
Performed by Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul & Lil Jon
Courtesy of Cash Money/Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Lil Jon appears courtesy of Universal Republic Records
Sean Paul appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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If Disney made Karate Kid.
16 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clumsy exposition that is trying to be subtle, but ends up being super direct, in that intellectually insulting way. From the beginning to the end, this movie really talks down to its audience, even if the demographic aimed at is children. I found myself laughing at serious scenes which were not only bizarre but ridiculously overreaching. I really hate it when stories explain directly what is painfully obvious, or try to insert it, in unrealistic and absurd ways.

Jacket on and Jacket off is no wax on wax off. At least in the original film, Daniel thought he was being put to work, here it's just outright bizarre. Jaden's character seems to be oblivious of the obvious, and unquestioning of the ridiculous.

Ralph Macchio's performance was far more believable. Jaden Smith goes way to far way too quick, from wimp to kung fu champion. The exaggeration and elaborate fight scenes really removed me from a sense of realism, that its predecessor had.

I found the mother character to be at odds with this move. I would have preferred if her role was downplayed. She was ultimately lacking chemistry with Jaden and not an interesting character, mostly annoying.

Just a quick comparison with Pat Morita and Jacky Chan. Chan is flash with Chinese superstition. Pat was subtle with universal wisdom and was far more endearing.

There is just far too much mundane filler, it really slows the movie down and in conclusion when this movie wasn't extremely bizarre, I found it to be more flash than substance.


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