The Karate Kid (2010)
January 7, 2023 1:39 PM - Subscribe

When his mother's career results in a move to China, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) finds that he is a stranger in a strange land. Though he knows a little karate, his fighting skills are no match for Cheng, the school bully. Dre finds a friend in Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a maintenance man who is also a martial-arts master. Mr. Han teaches Dre all about kung fu in the hope that Dre will be able to face down Cheng and perhaps win the heart of a pretty classmate named Mei Ying.

Also starring Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han, Yu Rongguang, Tess Liu, Xu Ming, Wang Ji, Zhensu Wu.

Directed by Harald Zwart. Screenplay by Christopher Murphey, based on the original screen story by Robert Mark Kamen. Music by James Horner.

66% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on AMC Plus, TNT, and TBS. Also available for digital rental. JustWatch listing.

Show me paint the fence.
posted by DirtyOldTown (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
OK, so I watched this with little kids who really liked it and while the China propaganda stuff was all in so was the implicit yay-America propaganda in the other movies and - Jackie Chan is not Mr Miyagi, but he has his own charms, and I actually really liked Jaden here. It didn't quite gel together the way the original did but it's a decent family movie on its own merits.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 6:53 PM on January 8, 2023 [1 favorite]

This movie was fine. Banged my head repeatedly over calling a kung fu film "Karate Kid," but it works.
posted by Atreides at 7:44 AM on January 9, 2023 [1 favorite]

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