The Next Karate Kid Movie Poster
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  • PG, 1 hr 44 min
  • Action/Adventure
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What Parents Need to Know

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Parents need to know that The Next Karate Kid is a 1994 sequel in which a young Hilary Swank learns the ways of Mr. Miyagi's memorable teachings. The "Cobra Kai" of this movie is a violent group of alpha males who dominate their high school through bullying and beatdowns encouraged by an aggressively militant coach. Julie is sexually harassed by one of these guys, and while she's sent to the principal for having cigarettes in her purse, he suffers no consequences. One fight scene is extremely violent: A character is punched and kicked by several of the bad guys as his car is set on fire and explodes. In another scene, Miyagi is forced to defend himself and Julie when a group of drunks try to bully them; Miyagi turns these guys against each other, resulting in one guy knocking out the other with a tire iron to the head. However, there isn't very much actual karate in the movie. The few fight scenes are separated by lengthy sequences in which Zen Buddhist monks and Miyagi meditate, dance to a Cranberries song, and use Zen to win at bowling. It's worth mentioning that Miyagi is one of several Japanese-American veterans of World War II who are honored in a ceremony; the speaker at the event speaks of their bravery and valor, even as Japanese-Americans were being forced into internment camps.

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