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Underdog Kids (2015)

PG | | Action, Family | 7 July 2015 (USA)
Inner city kids from a poor neighborhood go up against the undefeated Beverly Hills Junior National Karate Team.

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Phillip Rhee

Writer:

Phillip Rhee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Rhee ... Jimmy 'The Lightning Bolt'
Mirelly Taylor ... Valerie Cruz
Max Gail ... Charlie
Adam Irigoyen ... Wyatt
Ryan Potter ... Eric
Ted McGinley ... Mr. Hershfeld
Lauren Bowles ... Mrs. Jones
Ellia English ... Big Mama
Cade Sutton ... Raymond
Nicolas Bechtel ... Sean
Rayna Vallandingham Rayna Vallandingham ... Leticia
Lorenz Arnell Lorenz Arnell ... Rasheed
Aidan Considine Aidan Considine ... Alex
Andrew Franklin ... Ricky
Sebastian Saraceno Sebastian Saraceno ... Big Guy
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Storyline

Jimmy "The Lightning Bolt" Lee is a former mixed martial arts champion who returns home and is asked by his father figure, Charlie, to teach a group of inner city kids martial arts in preparation for a tournament. The reigning junior national champions, the Beverly Hills Scorpions, are coached by the very cocky and arrogant Ted Barret, who is a former rival of Jimmy's. With help from local food truck vendor Big Mama, Jimmy's team becomes the Underdogs. As the Underdogs prepare for the big tournament, both the kids and Jimmy learn some lessons from each other that will make their bond stronger as they prepare for a showdown with the Scorpions. Written by Ninja01

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Never give up!

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Action | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence and sports action, thematic elements and rude humor

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Trivia

Phillip Rhee's first film in seventeen years. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Hershfeld: James? Unfriend and block him from my Facebook!
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Lyrical Sobriety
By Tim McMorris
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The Love Child of "Best of the Best" and "The Bad News Bears"
8 July 2015 | by AlbertV79See all my reviews

Since hearing the announcement that Phillip Rhee would be returning with a new film, his first in 17 years, had me excited. Even more, the fact that martial arts legends Richard Norton, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Danny Inosanto, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, and Jun Chong were making cameos had me excited more. Rhee did a terrific job in not only giving a message about martial arts, but like the original Best of the Best, the film truly has heart.

What's really great is that in my opinion, this film could be a stepping stone for a new generation of future action stars. Seeing martial arts champions Rayna Valladingham, Aidan Considine, Tyler Weaver, Andrew Franklin transition to film as well as Supah Ninjas' Ryan Potter and Sean Rhee (Phillip's son), this is truly a fun film to enjoy.

If there is a film that martial arts film fans would want to break their kids with in watching the genre, this is truly one of those films to introduce them. A fun film with heart and some exciting martial arts action with a dose of family comedy.


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Release Date:

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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