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Still shot from the movie: The Karate Kid (2010).

The Karate Kid (2010)

When his single mother (Taraji P. Henson) gets a job in China, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) is forced to make a new home in an unfamiliar land. Immediately singled out and bullied by his peers at school, the young boy's only defense comes in an unusual form -- an older man (Jackie Chan) who is willing to teach him martial arts. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 139
Theater Release: 11 Jun 2010
Video Release: 05 Oct 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Dre Parker endures bullying, sometimes to the point of assault, yet he does not report this abuse to any authority figures (including his mother or school principle). Why? What would be the best way to deal with the situation he is facing? What problems are likely to arise from trying to manage such problems alone?

Why do people usually stand by and watch when others are bullied? What could they do instead?

In an early scene in the movie, Dre plays ping-pong with some older men. What assumption does the youth make about their abilities? What is his first impression of Mr. Han? Why do elderly people often surprise younger people? What things to the adults learn from the children in this movie?

The Government of China contributed money towards the production of this movie. Do you think their involvement in the film has any influence on the way the country is portrayed?

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