The Karate Kid (1984)
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While it might be easy to dismiss "The Karate Kid" as essentially a retelling of "Rocky" for kids where boxing is replaced with karate, the film is nonetheless a simple happy tale of good triumphing over evil. The over-the-top caricatures of the villains is counter-balanced by the seemingly realistic humanity of Mr. Miagi and the paternalistic relationship that develops between himself and his young apprentice. Overall, a solid family film that deserves recognition as such.
Elisabeth Shue was definitely hot here..
Mr. Miagi is great! The movie not so much.
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This movie ranks #98 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers
This movie ranks #398 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #474 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die