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The Next Karate Kid Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 9+

Violent sequel doesn't benefit from gender change.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see recurring, vengeful beatings and hear a moderate smattering of "hells" and "damns." As throughout the Karate Kid series, fighting is presented as the solution to most conflicts/problems. There's also reckless driving, bungee jumping, overtones of teen sexual harassment, and lots of showdowns. But Julie is also ultimately a strong female character who learns to believe in herself.

  • Families can talk about how violence is depicted in the movie. Could the charaters have solved their problems in other ways?
  • Is fighting ever the right response to conflict?
  • Is Julie a good role model? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: In the movie (as in all of the Karate Kid films), fighting and competition are presented as the best/only way to handle conflicts and problems.

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    Role models: While Julie is ultimately a strong female character who learns to believe in herself, she and other characters take part in some iffy behavior -- including reckless driving, bungee jumping, and even teen sexual harassment.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Recurring, vengeful beatings.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Scattered "hells" and "damns."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue