Underdog Kids

2014 PG 1h 34m DVD

Underdog Kids

2014 PG 1h 34m DVD
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It's a few weeks before the big karate tournament, and the struggling Mid-City Community Center has just lost their instructor. But when former MMA champ Jimmy "The Lightning Bolt" Lee (writer/producer/director/star Phillip Rhee of the BEST OF THE BEST movies) returns to the old neighborhood, he reluctantly agrees to train the misfit kids for their match against the undefeated Beverly Hills team.
Phillip Rhee
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Underdog Kids is another sports film in the "David vs. Goliath" tradition. In this tale a ragtag bunch of down-and-out kids takes on the winning Beverly Hills martial-arts junior champs with the help of a former MMA (mixed martial arts) heavyweight trying to make a comeback. Filled with straightforward messages about responsibility, confidence, and hard work, the film also has plenty of stereotypes (angry African-American boy, a kid trying to overcome a stutter, an overweight boy fat-shamed by his dad, a struggling single mom, adorable orphans, bullies). Lots of martial-arts action plays throughout with no serious injuries, and there's bullying and some street fighting in which the coach overwhelms an entire company of toughs. Expect some colorful insults ("chicken butt"), a few swear words ("bulls--t," "piss"), and numerous loud farts.

Sexual Content

A kiss.


Most of the fighting takes place in competitions; traditional martial-arts combat (falls, offensive and defensive maneuvers, holds). However, in two instances, impromptu fights are motivated by anger or bullying. Some bloody noses, bruising, and throw-downs. An overweight boy is bullied and attacked.


Insults: "chicken butt," "shut up," "fatty." Swearing: "piss," "bulls--t." Farts get considerable screen time. A comic martial-arts move shows a painful groin kick.

Social Behavior

Promotes confidence, hard work, and a positive outlook as means of reaching goals. Multiple explicit messages: "Be a problem solver, not a problem maker." "You have no choice about what you are -- black or brown, rich or poor. You have no choice about what people think of you. You only have a choice about what you think of yourself. No one can take that away." "Take a negative in life and turn it into a positive." "Follow the 3 R's -- respect for others, respect for yourself, and responsibility for your actions."


Catapult Shoes, MMA (mixed martial arts), Yowza equipment.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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