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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jimmy 'The Lightning Bolt'
... Valerie Cruz
... Charlie
... Wyatt
... Eric
... Mr. Hershfeld
... Mrs. Jones
... Big Mama
... Raymond
... Sean
... Leticia
... Rasheed
Aidan Considine ... Alex
... Ricky
Sebastian Saraceno ... Big Guy


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!


Action | Family

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




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Leticia Hernandez: Raymond, that's disgusting!
Raymond Butz: It wasn't me! I swear!
[after getting a look from his friends]
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Very good movie for kids, and lots of potential for Phillip Rhee to grow from here
7 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie because I am a big fan of the Phillips Rhee's Best of the Best series. As an adult I still managed to enjoy the movie even though it was aimed for kids, however its best to watch it with you kids or nephews.

For the criticism this movie is getting with regards to acting, and camera editing, we should keep in mind that Rhee directed, wrote, and produced it so the budget isn't high. His movies have always served to deliver a good message to martial arts learners, and that's what he does here. Kids can learn a lot of lessons from this which they wont find in any of the karate kids for example, and that's what this movie is all about. For those expecting a triple A movie don't watch this or you'l be missing the point.

The only complaint I have was that the movie felt too rushed and I agree with the review saying perhaps they tried to fit in too much into 1 hour and a half. there wasn't enough time for the characters to develop.

Its very good to see Phillip Rhee, a master martial artist, acting again and hopefully he continues making more movies. 30 years after Best of the Best, his new movie is still pushing forward positive messages and showing how passionate he is about delivering his message. We need more from this man and less from the mindless violence of Hollywood action star clones.

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