The Karate Kid

2010 PG 2h 20m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Karate Kid

2010 PG 2h 20m Blu-ray / DVD
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After moving to Beijing with his mother, Dre falls prey to a bully, so he takes lessons from martial arts master Mr. Han in this remake of the 1984 classic. While Mr. Han teaches Dre to defend himself, he also imparts some important life lessons.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Subtitles
English, French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Screen
Widescreen 2:40:1
Subtitles
English, French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jackie Chan
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Wenwen Han
  • Rongguang Yu
  • Zhensu Wu
  • Zhiheng Wang
  • Zhenwei Wang
  • Shijia Lü
  • Yi Zhao
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Reviews

age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Karate Kid remake is a faithful adaptation of the original but because the central character is 12 instead of 16, the language and romance is appropriately scaled back, even though the violence is a bit more startling. There's not much cursing (a few uses of the word "ass") or sexuality (mild flirting and one chaste kiss), but there are a whole lot of fight scenes. The Chinese bullies are pretty merciless both off and on the mat. They're even willing to do some unethical moves to secure a championship. But when it comes down to it, this is a friendship story between old and young, East and West, and that's a fine message for young kids.

Sexual Content

Dre, who is 12, is obviously interested in Meiying, and they flirt with each other quite openly. After some hand holding, they play a dance video game, and during her hip-hop dance, he stares at her wide-eyed and tells her "You're dancing is HOT." They eventually share one brief closed-mouth kiss.

Violence

The new Karate Kid boasts just as much bullying and martial-arts violence as the original, but these characters are middle-school aged, not high-schoolers. There are black eyes, cracked ribs, and broken bones. Plus, one scene features an adult against five eager-to-brawl tweens and teens.

Language

Aside from the word "ass," which Karate Kid Jaden Smith says about four times, there's the occasional "stupid," "loser" and the like.

Social Behavior

As with the original, the Karate Kid 2010's message is supposed to be that violence doesn't solve problems and that pure martial arts are about peace and self reflection, not fighting or revenge. While there is a lot of of violence, the overall theme of the film is a positive one.

Consumerism

Since the movie takes place in China, there's not a whole lot of visible consumerism, but some brands that stand out include SpongeBob SquarePants (in Mandarin!), Volkswagen, and Air China.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

In one scene, Mr. Han looks and acts drunk (a bottle of Chinese alcohol is shown).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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