The Karate Kid (2010) for Rent on DVD and Blu-ray, Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Karate Kid remake is a faithful adaptation of the original but because the central character is 12 instead of 16, the language and romance is appropriately scaled back, even though the violence is a bit more startling. There’s not much cursing (a few uses of the word “ass”) or sexuality (mild flirting and one chaste kiss), but there are a whole lot of fight scenes. The Chinese bullies are pretty merciless both off and on the mat. They’re even willing to do some unethical moves to secure a championship. But when it comes down to it, this is a friendship story between old and young, East and West, and that’s a fine message for young kids.
Dre, who is 12, is obviously interested in Meiying, and they flirt with each other quite openly. After some hand holding, they play a dance video game, and during her hip-hop dance, he stares at her wide-eyed and tells her “You’re dancing is HOT.” They eventually share one brief closed-mouth kiss.
The new Karate Kid boasts just as much bullying and martial-arts violence as the original, but these characters are middle-school aged, not high-schoolers. There are black eyes, cracked ribs, and broken bones. Plus, one scene features an adult against five eager-to-brawl tweens and teens.
Aside from the word “ass,” which Karate Kid Jaden Smith says about four times, there’s the occasional “stupid,” “loser” and the like.
As with the original, the Karate Kid 2010’s message is supposed to be that violence doesn’t solve problems and that pure martial arts are about peace and self reflection, not fighting or revenge. While there is a lot of of violence, the overall theme of the film is a positive one.
Since the movie takes place in China, there’s not a whole lot of visible consumerism, but some brands that stand out include SpongeBob SquarePants (in Mandarin!), Volkswagen, and Air China.
Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
In one scene, Mr. Han looks and acts drunk (a bottle of Chinese alcohol is shown).
Not an issue
Depends on your kid and your family
Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it
After moving to Beijing with his mother, Dre falls prey to a bully, so he takes lessons from martial arts master Mr. Han in this remake of the 1984 classic. While Mr. Han teaches Dre to defend himself, he also imparts some important life lessons.,