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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.

Director:

Phillip Rhee

Writer:

Phillip Rhee
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Cast

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 ... 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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Taglines:

Never give up!

Genres:

Action | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Underdogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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The pictures of Jimmy on the website are from Phiilip Rhee's best of the best movies 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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Like a $100 budget version of a mash-up of Karate Kid and Mighty Ducks
17 July 2015 | by Daniel NSee all my reviews

The martial arts choreography and stunts were good (and that's pretty much it).

The story, the script and the characters felt so sub-par that it ruined the movie for me. It was so badly written, awkward, poor acting including the main actor, the martial arts master Phillip Rhee who both wrote and directed this movie, apparently not having any producers, co-producers etc. helping him with everything that is wrong with this movie.

But as I said, if you can wade through what is almost a parody that might be called "Mighty Karate Ducks" you will see some really nice choreography and stunts. It's clear Phillip Rhee had a casting that focused on martial arts skill and not acting. His acting was weak too.

Not worth the rent. If you have a serious craving for some martial arts and you've seen everything that is out there then you can at least check this one out an skip the nonsense between the martial arts sequences.


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