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Running Time 140 min
Release Date Jun 11, 2010
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The Karate Kid

Twelve-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying -- and the feeling is mutual -- but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches… Show more

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June 11, 2010 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

Let’s be honest: The original “Karate Kid’’ is not a great movie. Effective, yes; enshrined in the hearts of a zillion Gen-Xers as a filmic foundation myth, certainly. Say “wax on’’ to a group of late 30-somethings and watch them answer “wax off’’ in happy Pavlovian unison. If you’ve seen it lately, though, “Kid’’ shows its age, thanks to John Avildsen’s crude direction, the absurd overacting of everyone except the central duo of student and master, and rampant ’80s bad-hair syndrome. The movie works, but the notion of a remake is far from heresy.

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