The Karate Kid

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama, Family
Running Time:  140 min.
Release Date: June 11, 2010
DVD: October 5, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 2.98
based on 2556 votes and 410 reviews
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Cast: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson


12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) career takes them both to China. Dre has a hard time making friends at first but he does make a connection with his classmate Mei Ying—and the feeling is mutual—until cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre makes an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. Dre knows only a little karate, and in the land of kung fu, Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. Feeling alone in a foreign land, Dre has no friends to turn to except the maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). Secretly a master of kung fu, Mr. Han and Dre begin to train together, building a friendship and moving toward a final showdown with Cheng at a kung fu tournament. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre learns that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Director: Harald Zwart
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Jerry Weintraub, James Lassiter, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ken Stovitz
Screenplay: Christopher Murphey
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  • 1 star "The only reason to see this film is to watch that annoying punk Jaden get beat up."
  • 5 stars "It was really amazing!! The actors are amazingg!!! And the storyline also is pretty sad... recommend it."
  • 1 star "A real dissapointment,a few more dollars developing the plot and characters and a few less flashy location shots would have helped, A dissapointing remake that could have been so much more"