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The Karate Kid

New Jersey native Daniel (Ralph Macchio) has trouble fitting when he moves to California. As bullying problems escalate, the teen turns to an unlikely friend, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), who mentors him in martial arts for self-defense. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 127
Theater Release: 22 Jun 1984
Video Release: 11 May 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
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The Karate Kid is rated PG:

Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
Studio: 2010 Sony / Columbia Pictures

Detailed Review

With dreams of a better future, Lucille Larusso (Randee Heller) moves her son Daniel (Ralph Macchio) from cold New Jersey to the sunny state of California. But what she sees… 
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Why Is The Karate Kid Rated PG?

Martial arts violence pervades this film about a picked on boy who learns karate for… 
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Talk It Over

Mr. Miyagi agrees to teach Daniel karate, but instead has him doing household chores. How… 
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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

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