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The Karate Kid Part II Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Excessive violence mars so-so sequel.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that martial-arts violence and revenge contend with worthy themes of mercy, forgiveness and Japanese culture. Despite lip service to non-violence, the action shows fighting as the ultimate solution to problems, so kids will see lots of threatening behavior, severe karate beatings, and retribution.

  • Families can talk about why a movie that espouses non-violent solutions is so violent. How does the film maker justify the violent reactions of "good guy" characters? Can you think of other solutions to the predicaments the filmmaker created in order to "force" his characters into violent confrontations?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Gambling (on the outcome of a martial-arts stunt). Despite lip service to non-violence, the action shows fighting as the ultimate solution to problems.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Severe karate beatings and retribution.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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