The Karate Kid
“Wax on, wax off!”
This week’s film is another classic from the 80’s.
Having just moved to a new town, teenager Daniel befriends a cheerleader at school, only to become the target of her ex-boyfriend, a karate-practicing bully. Unfortunately Daniel’s hot-headedness and desire for revenge only makes the bullying worse.
In an effort to settle their feud, Daniel and the bully agree to save their fighting for an upcoming karate match. One problem: Daniel doesn’t know karate. So it’s up to his eccentric neighbor, the iconic Mr. Miyagi, to train the teenager in time. And Daniel’s got more to learn than just karate. Along with exercising and practicing moves, Daniel also needs a good dose of self-discipline, as the training encourages him to reflect on his own emotions, motivations, and relationships.
A classic story of master and apprentice, The Karate Kid explores many life lessons, such as trust, patience, sportsmanship, endurance, and self-control. The film is rated PG, though it does include some mild language and, as implied by the title, some minor violence, which may make it inappropriate for very young viewers. (See the parents guide for more information.)