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Three Ninjas: Kick Back

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Immature humor, sexism in trite '90s sequel.

Movie PG 1994 93 minutes
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Best childhood movie

Its a phenomenal film. This was my childhood go to film growing up. Me and my brothers. I pretended I was tum Tum, next brother was Cole and the eldest was rocky haha. Im now 21 and its still an amazing film to watch. Never once got bored. My favourite of them all is 3 Ninjas knuckle up. Im baffled why this film gets bad reviews. Most of rated the wrong film accidental lol but none the less. Family film is an understatement for sure especially for the younger generation that will stick with them forever growing up.

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THREE NINJAS: KICK BACK is a failed attempt to combine a martial arts-action movie with Home Alone-style slapstick. And, over 20 years later, it hasn't aged well; boys acting flabbergasted that a girl could learn martial arts and play baseball is as dated as the haircuts and fashion. The boys go to Japan under the flimsiest of premises, and all the martial arts and slapstick humor thrown in can't overcome the movie's lack of substance.

The childish humor -- fart jokes, for instance, and an Asian girl who is learning to speak English confusing the word "bat" for "butt" -- doesn't help. This is basically an unentertaining mish-mash of what worked and appealed to kids in other movies from the early 1990s. Perhaps the only worthwhile element is that it gives the viewer the chance to appreciate how far we've come in terms of girls being respected and considered as athletes or potential athletes rather than being laughed at.

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