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The Next Karate Kid

The Next Karate Kid
The Next Karate Kid
The Next Karate Kid
  • PG
  • 1h 47m
  • 1994
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Noriyuki "Pat" Morita and Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank co-star in this story of a rebellious teen, Julie, who blossoms with a little help from her friends - in this case, the wise Mr. Miyagi and a trio of Buddhist monks!
© 1994 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Next Karate Kid is noteworthy for giving audiences the chance to see a pre-Oscars Hilary Swank, but other than a typically solid performance from Pat Morita, this unnecessary fourth installment in the franchise has very little to offer.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Violent '90s sequel doesn't measure up to original.

What Parents Need to Know

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.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Family, Drama
  • Release Date:August 3, 1994
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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