The Next Karate Kid

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Violent '90s sequel doesn't measure up to original.

PG 1994 107 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Not ur typical Karate Kid movie

This movie seems a bit like a money grabber, basically take ur money and run kind of movie. The fact that Karate kid was already a big hit, and Hilary swank big and young personality alone is sure to draw enough people to go see this movie for it to be profitable, it seems as if it was an investment deal than an actual sequel to the franchise, because in the movie, there was barely any karate, story just wasn’t able to connect viewers from all ages. Cast wise, miyagi seems more of a weirdo creep than a karate master/sensei , Hilary swank was young so I’ll give her a pass on her poor acting plus she also brought her big and young personality to the screen and honestly it was the best thing about this movie, the rest of the high school ‘kid’ yeah they do looked way too old and acting was subpar at best. But I had no regret because I mean can’t really complain much when u get to see young Hilary swanks big personalities on the big screen. All and all I wouldn’t recommend this if u were looking for ur typical inspirational, triumphant, deep, connected engaging , and emotional story telling, that u find in a regular karate kid franchise, cause it’s not here. But there is young Hilary swanks tho, u can stay for that.
age 12+

Horrible, terribly cast, intimidating

Skip this movie. It's awful. High school bad guys make no sense, rappel down from the ceiling to disrupt prom for no reason, imply rape or sexual harassment at multiple points, and are played by actors who are clearly 25 year old men (including having 5 o'clock shadow). Terrible messages about adults in the school being intimidated by students. Not much karate in the movie. Hilary Swank became a great actress, but you wont' seen much sign of it in this movie. Terrible messages, not at all empowering for girls. I rated it 12+, but honestly, I wouldn't willingly let my kids of any age watch it.

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Too much violence

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