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The Martial Arts Kid (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Family | 18 September 2015 (USA)
When a troubled teen from Cleveland experiences bullying in Cocoa Beach, he soon learns Martial Arts to gain confidence and self-defense skills.


Michael Baumgarten


Michael Baumgarten (screenplay), Adam W. Marsh (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Wilson ... Glen (as Don 'The Dragon' Wilson)
Cynthia Rothrock ... Cindy
Jansen Panettiere ... Robbie
Kathryn Newton ... Rina
Matthew Ziff ... Bo
T.J. Storm ... Coach Laurent Kaine
Chuck Zito ... Frank
Brandon Tyler Russell ... Lenny
Kayley Stallings ... Katie
Lorraine Ziff ... Peggy
Natasha Blasick ... Nika
Robert Peters ... Horace
Billy Smith ... Derek
Victoria Vodar Victoria Vodar ... Miss Criss
Danny Rawley ... Kevin


Robbie Oakes is a delinquent who has acted out after the death of his mother. Tired of his antics, his grandmother sends Robbie to Cocoa Beach, Florida to live with his Aunt Cindy and Uncle Glen. On his first night, Robbie meets Rina at a local convenience store, but is bullied by Rina's boyfriend Bo. The next day after school, Robbie meets Cindy at her beach-side restaurant, where they are confronted by another bully. Cindy reveals her martial arts skills and Robbie, deciding to turn his life around, turns to Glen to teach him martial arts to begin that change and learn to defend himself. As Robbie's attitude and fore manner truly changes, he still has Bo to contend with, especially after Rina decides to date Robbie. Things come ahead when Bo's martial arts teacher, Kaine, is revealed to be an old friend of Glen's, but their difference in what martial arts is about makes them enemies. When Rina is bullied by Bo, Robbie has had enough and decides to do something once and for all. Written by Albert Valentin

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Action | Family


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18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA See more »

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Michael Baumgarten, Cheryl Marie Wheeler, James Wilson won The Rob Kurrus Humanitarian Award at The Melbourne Independent Film Festival in 2015. See more »


Glen: [sees Robbie washing his car] Good morning.
Robbie: Morning.
Glen: Did Aunt Cindy ask you to do this?
Robbie: No.
Glen: You know, you can wash on, wash off all you want. But you're not driving any of our cars.
Robbie: I know. No wax, right?
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Entertaining and Inspiring
15 October 2015 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

This film is very entertaining. It is a story that many people will relate to, not just martial arts fans. Although people who are into martial arts will probably relate best to the moves in the film, there are many different things that everyone will relate to and enjoy.

There is a range of genres in Martial Arts Kid. Of course, since the subject is about martial arts, there are some great action-packed scenes. However that isn't the entire story. There is a bit of romance, which plays out smoothly and there is a sense of comedy in a few scenes - not too much to make the film a joke, but not so little that it is too serious.

The story starts when a troublemaker named Robbie moves to a new town to live with his uncle and aunt because his grandmother refuses to deal with him getting in trouble all the time. In this new town he starts getting bullied. At the same time, he decides to start learning martial arts in his uncle's dojo. He learns to fight - not to beat the bully up (and become a bully himself), but to defend and stand up to the bully.

At the beginning, the acting seem a bit fake. The emotions feel forced and, a few times, the dialogue also feels forced. However, later in the film it becomes very natural and smooths out. The film is labeled as a bully film, which I think is a wrong label. It is a nice action- packed film with lots of good messages and morals. But, I don't think it is a bullying film. The story addresses bullying but doesn't really concentrate on it enough to make it a bullying film. Some of the shots are just spot on and perfect.

My favorite scene is when he first learns that his uncle and aunt are martial arts black belts. They are at the beach getting something from the car when a man with a knife comes up to them. Robbie tries to be brave and stand up to him but, when his aunt sees the knife, she does some amazing martial arts moves and takes him down. Robbie just stands there in awe.

This film has a little bit of mature content, mostly when they are fighting. So I recommend it for ages 11 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because, in the beginning, the acting feels a little fake. However the story is entertaining the whole time and the direction is perfect too.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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