A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Mr. Miyagi continues his education of The Karate Kid: "You must not lose to fear, only to your opponents." Brute strength and revenge lose out to hard work, inspiration, and firm belief in yourself.
Positive Role Models
The wisdom and quiet integrity of Mr. Miyagi continues to provide guidance to The Karate Kid. He lives what he preaches. Daniel learns another valuable lesson from his mentor and once again proves to be worthy and rewarded.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of karate, some with the authentic moves, poses, etc. In other instances, participants are more vicious and cheat, purposely trying to hurt opponents. A fight scene includes breaking car windows and bloody fists. Bad guys vandalize a shop, and fight with those who try to protect it. The hero and a friend are threatened as they climb down a steep mountain.
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Mild cursing throughout: "ass," "s--t," "screw you," "damn," "Christ," etc. Two racial slurs: "slope," referring to an Asian.
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Products & Purchases
TWA, Amtrak, Century 21.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Villain is seen smoking a cigar and drinking champagne.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that revenge and bad intentions move the plot here. Some of the karate is vicious, and the trouble-making participants do not adhere to the principles of the martial arts. There are a few bloody fights. One sequence that might be frightening to young viewers finds tough guys threatening and endangering two heroes on a steep cliff. Mild coarse language is heard occasionally. Mr. Miyagi, wise mentor to The Karate Kid, is referred to as a "slope," an Asian slur. One character smokes cigars and drinks champagne. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A flimsy, predictable plot, ridiculous mustache-twirling villains, and some really bad acting make for a disappointing third outing in this successful 1980s franchise. With the exception of some nice visuals of Miyagi and Daniel in training and bonsai in a natural mountain setting, there's not much to recommend. Though the original's writer and director are on board again, it seems a feeble effort to capitalize on the built-in fan base. Even the karate bouts are shot with little flair or originality. It's harmless, mindless, and mostly charmless.
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