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The Karate Kid

Release Date: June 11th, 2010

DVD Release Date: October 5th, 2010

PG |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han, Yu Rong-Guang, Zhensu Wu, Zhiheng Wang, Jared Minns

Director: Harald Zwart

Genres: Martial Arts, Drama

Production Co: Overbrook Entertainment, China Film Group Corp., Jerry Weintraub Productions

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Endearing, Son, Transformation, Rivalry, 2010s, Underdog, Love, Engaging, Inspiring, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    If only the director had learned Mr. Han’s most important lesson: Being still and doing nothing are two very different things. show more

  • 50
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    Despite the local color, the movie isn't especially globalized. The major characters all speak English, and the action sequences throb to the music of Lady Gaga, the Roots and Gorillaz. show more

  • 50
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    It's a measure of the times that the new version of The Karate Kid manages to be longer and bigger-budgeted than the original while having lesser impact. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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