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Video Trailer For the Karate Kid Starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan 2009-12-23 07:00:00

Movie Preview: The Karate Kid

The remakes keep on coming (I know, I know, collective groan). We already heard news of Will Smith's son Jaden and Jackie Chan stepping into roles for the update on The Karate Kid, and now we're getting a peek at the first trailer.

Judging by the preview, the general premise appears to be the same (boy gets harassed, trains in martial arts, and then faces his tormentor in competition), but this new version is definitely geared more to a family audience. Jaden Smith is teeny tiny in the Ralph Macchio part, the bullies are basically a Beijing elementary school yard gang, and a sweet, but baby-faced love interest is sitting in for Elisabeth Shue.

All of this just makes me want to go back and watch the original (and Mr. Miyagi's wax on, wax off scene) and leave this new update for the kiddies. I just can't get myself excited for the story when it's taken on such a younger twist, and I found myself chuckling over the film's villains — who are supposed to be threatening. Still, Taraji P. Henson is playing the mom, so that's a plus in my column.


The Karate Kid high kicks into theaters on June 11. Check out the trailer, and tell me what you think when you


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lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
has anybody bothered to think about the negative effects this could have on kids? so many of you are saying you would take your kids to see it; have you thought about the fact that they will want to emulate it? given; so many movies now have themes and elements that are far too mature for a child to be exposed too (I don't care what kind of crap people spout off about kids being so much more grown up blah blah - a 7-year-old should still not be watching other 7-year-olds fight)! it makes me so frustrated that so many of my students are totally going to be wanting to do karate (not that I am against karate in a controlled environment)...
rossy rossy 7 years
I loved the original as well. Saw it 4 times in the theater - very rare thing for me to do but it was well worth it. I think the reason Hollywood does remakes is because they think: "Nobody's interested in OLD movies. Let's do it again!" Then it's pretty much a carbon copy of the original (same action & dialog) for a fraction of what a completely new movie would cost. - I know that The Karate Kid had 3 sequels - KK2 & 3 starring Ralph Macchio & "The Next Karate Kid" with Hillary Swank. And it suddenly occurred to me that had I been in charge... Since Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi) passed away in 2005, I would have paid homage to him & the original by doing this movie with Daniel taking over the role of mentor to Smith's character. No offense to anybody in this movie. It is a job after all. - Just thinking...
cs cs 7 years
He's definitely a cute kid, but this just seems lame to re-make this, first of all. Second, they should've made the character older, true to the original. But since Will Smith is a producer... nepotism.
ren_kr ren_kr 7 years
definitely not into the prepubescent kids (is he under 10?) sporting abs and fighting other kids in an arena setting like barbarians. But, I thought Jackie Chan made it funnier and wittier. Love the fly part lol.
McRiguez McRiguez 7 years
Eh, it look interesting, same with mallorycurtis, if I had kids, I'd take them. My nephews are 5 and 14, too young, too old. I'll net flix it in secret ;)
Beauty Beauty 7 years
SWEEP THE LEG, JOHNNY! I agree, I don't feel comfortable watching children fight each other.
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 7 years
Wow.....this looks absolutely terrible. If it wasn't little kids fighting, but teenagers like the original, it would probably be a decent movie, but w/ the little kids it looks horrible.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
looks cute. nothing groundbreaking, but if i had kids i probably would take them to see this.
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