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Underdog Kids

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Predictable martial-arts tale has lots of action, flatulence

Movie PG 2015 94 minutes
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Underdog Kids is unoriginal. One-dimensional characters behave in conventional ways. The players are stereotypes throughout. Expect to see two orphaned boys building a relationship with their young and beautiful aunt; the fat tween being tormented by his father (Beau Bridges), who does the quickest turnaround in kid-movie history; the dad-coach who'll cheat, demean, and shame his way to victory; and the little girl with dreams, literally selling oranges on a street corner. Mr. Rhee clearly couldn't find experienced martial-arts kids to play his heroes (he fares better with the Beverly Hills opponents, who are much more capable), so he cast actors instead. Then he had the thankless job of trying to edit filmed battles with non-athletes. There's simply no way he can sell his kids' expertise, so it's a glaring cheat. Despite all that, kids may enjoy the movie, root hard for the underdogs, laugh at the "fartability" of one competitor, and pretend they don't notice how much better the Beverly Hills team really is.

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