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Geek Padre Takes On THE KARATE KID Redux!! 'The first film I have seen that is truly a reimagining of the original'...

Merrick here...
Geek Padre, a longtime reader of AICN, sent in some thoughts on the Harald Zwart directed, Will Smith produced KARATE KID remake. In short, it's better than he thought it would be - read on to learn why!
Here's Geek Padre...
Last night, I attended a preview of "The Karate Kid" Remake, and I thought AICN readers might interested in hearing about it. First, I went in with pretty low expectations. After this latest round of craptacular "remakes" or "reimaginings," I was pretty much expecting the worst. However, I came away both pleased and surprised at the quality of the film; they not only created a worthy successor to the previous incarnation, but also created a proper film in its own right. As to the plot of the movie, it is point for point the same as the Ralph Macchio original, so no surprises there. However changing the locale for the big move truly enhanced both the "menace" and the "fish out of water" dimension of the story. Locating the film in China meant that Dre (Jaden Smith) literally had no foothold in the world around him. As much as I was supposed to care about Daniel in the original, I had a hard time sympathizing with his plight. Being moved halfway around the world clarified the emotional content of this movie. And the film had a very broad emotional spectrum: it was equal parts funny, charming, scary, and triumphant. I found myself tearing up several times in the film because the predicaments felt very real as opposed to the original which seemed contrived. The acting across the board is excellent. Taraji P. Henson shines when she is on screen, but she was underutilized. The Chinese actors are all excellent. The young actor who plays Dre's nemesis is much more convincing as the thug/bully than in the original as is the head of the rival Kung Fu school. He's not just a douchebag; he is a real menance, with a Yakuza vibe to him. When he threatens to bring pain and suffering, you know he is not kidding. But the two clear stars are Chan and Smith. Say what you will about Jackie Chan's acting ability, but in this project he showed real depth. As Mr. Han, we see the years both as a martial artist and as a actor come together. I suspect part of the strength of this acting job was being able to act in his native language - he just seemed more comfortable. As for the young Mr. Smith, he is clearly channeling his dad's early career which is fine for a tween actor. What the future holds is a valid question but for now, this level of charm and self-confidence makes Smith incredibly watchable. Using China as the backdrop was simply a stroke of genius. The film could be seen as a travelogue for China and its culture. The cinematography is beautiful and evocative. While we can't read the signs, the filmmakers make sure to create a "neighborhood" and a recognizable home base for the story. There is a very clear message about how both the US and China need each other but it is never really rammed down people's throat. Many times we are treated to the food, the entertainment centers, the atmosphere of Beijing and the surrounding country as well. The martial arts are beautifully executed. As a student of Kung Fu San Soo, both the description of the mindset behind Kung Fu and the execution of the art are spot on. Chan is still the master of cinema martial arts, but every actor in the film shows great ability. In the final scene of the movie, there is a moment when Dre's attackers salute Mr. Han, and I got this scene of Chan handing the torch on to this next generation. The credits mention a CG director but I would be hard pressed to tell you where it came in. The weaknesses of this film are few. Some might have some qualms about the ages of the characters. In this film, the age group is stepped down to middle school, right around 12 years old. For me, this reduction in age added a charming innocent but also ramped up the impact of the violence. Just as seeing "Hit Girl" in "Kick Ass", you get that weird disturbing experience of seeing a child who could seriously harm the adult. For me, that made the film all the more plausible and emotionally resonant. Others might have qualms about the cross culture aspect of the film, making the same complaint against it that was made against "Avatar". From early in the film, you get this sense that the only change Dre will have to make is going from not knowing Kung Fu to knowing Kung Fu. In other words, the film comes off as though the US is culturally superior. But, while the character arc for Dre could have been more developed on this front, viewers will be pleased with how Dre begins to see the value of Chinese culture, especially in regards to respecting family. Lastly, my only head scratching moment was why did the film makers feel the need to keep the original title? This film I think would have worked well without reference to the original but because it is so dependent on the original for plotting and structure, perhaps the filmmakers felt the tip of the hat necessary. My only complaint is that the fighting style is not Karate which originates in Japan but rather Kung Fu, a Chinese martial art. Final point: This is the first film I have seen that is truly a reimagining of the original. And it is so worth your time. If you use this, refer to me as "Geek Padre."
We really appreciate GP taking the time to write this up. THE KARATE KID opens June 11.
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  • May 28, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    first

    by ORIONgods

  • May 28, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    second

    by ORIONgods

    awwwwwww hell nawwww

  • May 28, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    last

    by ORIONgods

  • May 28, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    thirst

    by mojination

  • May 28, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    I'm surprised!

    by chibnut

    But I still don't want to see it. =P This year isnt a good year for movies.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    bratwurst

    by mojination

  • May 28, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    cursed

    by mojination

  • May 28, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    worst?

    by mojination

  • May 28, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    GP for Green Plant!

    by onezeroone

    Someone had to say it.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I smell pottinq soil and fertilizer

    by thesinofthesky

    Must be a plant.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Plant Plant Da Plant

    by Saluki

    Come the fuck on AICN.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    The Karate Kid score gives me the chills

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    to this very day. Ah, memories.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Hell, the movie COULD be good.

    by Saluki

    But this post is so leafy green that I thought Poison Ivy was about to start sucking my balls up in this bitch.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    No karate

    by Lone Fox

    In that case, yes. A genuine reimagining. In the most retarded sense.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    oh no, they sullied the "awesome" original

    by Bouncy X

    how dare they not have rose colored glasses and see the truth. :p

  • May 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Hurrmmmm.......

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • May 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Dre? Dre?!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • May 28, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Plant?

    by OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

    And yes, it should be called "The Kung Fu Kid."

  • May 28, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    lol

    by SunTzu77

    plant!

  • May 28, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    How do you say "Sweep the Leg" in Chinese?

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Also, is Dre a doctor in this film?

  • May 28, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    "Jacket on! Jacket off!"

    by seagrass

    That's some classy writing right there. Gotta love hearing Jackie Chan tell a kid to "Jacket off!"

  • May 28, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Saw this movie on Wednesday...

    by Spoink

    And I agree with everything in this review! I went in with fairly low expectations, and ended up liking this one more then the original! As for the CG, I know what part they used it in the movie, they have an animated snake at one point in the movie.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Plant? No, this is a Chinese-centric film.

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    He's a Prant.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    "the first real re-imagining" ever?

    by Spandau Belly

    I guess Fistful of Dollars, Scarface, Sorcerer, 12 Monkeys, and The Beat That My Heart Skipped don't count as having original takes on the source material?

  • May 28, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Why is it a plant ?

    by Ashen Shugar

    Every "qualm" is cross-examined by a "not so qualmish" excuse.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    PLANT STYLE GUIDE

    by Rubiks Doob

    1- Don't put "" quotes on movie titles- real readers of this site have no clue to do that. 2- Don't spell out actor's full names correctly- real reviewers don't give a shit about that stuff. 3- Don't gush about a movie as if you've never been in a movie theater before and seen the wonders of Hollywood on a big screen. We are cynical fucks who've seen it all... In short, remember you're writing for sub high-school level literacy with little place for sentiment. I.e. not Entertainment Weekly. Do that next time you won't stand out as such an obvious plant...

  • May 28, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I had little hope for this...

    by penhapus

    and I've got a young son who I know will want to see it; now I'm curious...

  • May 28, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    No Zabka, No Sale.

    by ThroughTheBrokenWindowWithDancinDelroyLindo

    There was already an Asian John Lawrence, and he showed up in Okinawa via Mr. Chozen Toguchi. Your sensei teach you how to fight with spear? Too bad.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I watched Karate Kid again the other day...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    The scene with drunken Mr. Miyagi mourning his dead wife and son in the internment camp is still amazing to me. It gives amazing weight and believability to the bond he forms with Daniel. <p> I haven't seen this new movie yet, but if it doesn't produce a scene like that, choreography and cinematography will not win me over.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    GET HIM A BODY BAG!

    by the new transported man

    YEAAAAHHHHHHH!!

  • May 28, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Shut up Donny...

    by quicksilver80

    It's the japanese who can't pronounce the L, but whatever, smells like plant indeed.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Saw it last week as well..

    by rogmel

    A pretty decent remake. I was dreading seeing it but the movie really kept your attention and the acting was good. At the end, all the kids (and some adults) cheered loudly. For 2 hrs and 10 minutes it might seem long for a kid's movie, but the kids there didn't seem to mind.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Never Back Down WAS The Karate Kid Remake...

    by thecomedian

    That's why this seems so redundant.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Shut the Fuck up Donny

    by rogmel

    There is a scene similar to that in the remake. Strange though, that's the one scene that really seemed out of place.

  • May 28, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    You know, I'm not as quick as most of you to call "PLANT"...

    by GoDFaDDa42

    But holy shit, this is the most obvious plant I've ever seen.

  • May 28, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Ha! Rubiks Doob, that's a pretty accurate summation...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    However, I disagree on putting quotation marks around movie titles. I think you just put quotation marks around television shows. <p> Now if you'll excuse me, I need to re-tape my glasses and clean out my pocket protector...

  • May 28, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Long time reader =plant

    by orange84

    Geek Padre even sounds like a plant name. I wonder if the guys at (insert studio here) said, "we need to be cool, but show we are nerdy. Ok, Let's go with Geek, geeks are nerdy. Wait, Machete is cool. Geek Machete. No Too weird, Geek Padre. Perfect. Let's go do some coke.

  • May 28, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Dammit Quicksilver, don't correct my mindless racism!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • May 28, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Sorry Donny

    by quicksilver80

    Carry on =D

  • May 28, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Why not call it "Kung Fu Kid"?

    by Ironhelix

    It's reminiscent of the original, has a catchy sound, yet sets the movie apart to stand on its own. I don't get it...

  • May 28, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Oscars for everyone!

    by dopepope

    This guy makes it sound like the best movie to come out in decades!

  • May 28, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    People want this to be shit.

    by blackwood

    But you know, even though the original has a special place in my geek-crusted heart, I'm open to it.<p>Of course, this review has to be a plant, because having a positive impression of something is a sure sign of a purchased mind. When someone comes out with a negative review, we shall all proclaim they speak the truth, because as we all know, negativity is authenticity.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    I have one question for this guy...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...what's it like to live via photosynthesis?

  • May 28, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    "Say what you will about Jackie Chan's acting ability?"

    by Dave I

    Really? Isn't he pretty established as a decent actor? Or is that what you mean; that I can say he's great? He's been acting, and doing some pretty fun roles (some of his early stuff is really cool) for a long time, and he's part of why I'm actually kind of curious to check thous out.<p><p>My biggest complaint is still the title. "Karate Kid" for a movie about a kid learning Kung Fu is still stupid, and "Kung Fu Kid" still has a nice ring to it if you wanted to go that route. Not sure this movie will really speak to me as a 30-something, but could be a really nice family/teach-respect-and-discipline-to-kids movie.<p><p>-Cheers

  • May 28, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    AICN is lucky people like the Talkbacks..

    by The Dark Shite

    Plants like this twat, shameless promotion of shitty movies in return for cash, attacks on good movies that are up against the guys who pay..it's like they don't even try to hide it anymore. <p> Why else say this obvious plant is a "Long time reader"? As if we're gonna think "PLANT..Oh, hang on, he's a long time reader. Silly me. I feel such a fool". <p> I've never seen this muppet around before. Or the guys agreeing with him in the TB. I guess they only recently regained the ability to type, after losing their sense of touch in a freak, mutual fellatio-based accident. <p> As for the part that went something like "Don't worry if you're a Xenophobic cunt, you should still see this movie 'cause they made sure America comes off looking culturally superior"....you Sir, are a cunt of the highest order.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    PLANT

    by DangerDave

    Why thank you.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Adding to what blackwood said...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I think the "community" here (yeah, I said it) thrives and enjoys giving a good ribbing to everything that comes down the pipeline--even if it ultimately ends up being a truly good piece of film. <p> By creating doubt or sullying the film it in the short term, it creates license to poke at it. <p> Although the analogy is far from perfect, it's kinda like people generally don't like to mock disabled people. But if the person turns out to be an asshole, it's fair game!

  • May 28, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    There is no way in hell I will see it.

    by disfigurehead

  • May 28, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Here is How to REALLY Spot a plant

    by DangerDave

    Just google their name and AICN. If you only find one post, being this one, and no TB comments. <P> Get some potting soil, cause hoeing aint easy.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I just watch the original again for the first time in years.

    by eric haislar

    And I got to say Ralph Machio was so good in that role. The film still holds up. Also the soundtrack to that film is still awesome.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    YOU NEED A MONTAGE

    by DangerDave

    http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=-Qae_TUTeGo

  • May 28, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Erichaislar, would you say the soundtrack is the best around?

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Is anything gonna ever keep it down?

  • May 28, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    SHUT THE FUCK UP DONNY

    by DangerDave

    MY JOKE

  • May 28, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Sorry DangerDave, you clearly planted that flag first!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • May 28, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Do you say plant?

    by DangerDave

  • May 28, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    ^5

    by DangerDave

  • May 28, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    as i left the theatre i said "Karate kid is back"

    by Bathman

    this was obviously written by a plant, i'm sure AICN knows this but doesn't really care since Karate kid will likley get a great "review" from harry titled "Harry says the New Karate kid packs an awesome punch to my geekbone and my wallet!"

  • May 28, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    What are you guys talking about? AICN itself = Plant

    by james4543

  • May 28, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Jacket on, jacket off

    by Cobb05

    How is that better than wax on, wax off? The movie doesn't look awful. And I wish the kids were older, but it doesn't look like a horrible movie. I'll check it out. Can't be any more than Karate Kid 3 or 4.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Yes there is room left for optimism and potential

    by samuraiyao

    This could be the sleeper hit of the summer folks...

  • May 28, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Well here's my take on this whole thing

    by BLEST

    My feeling is that this whole "remake" type of film is becom...PLANT! PLANT! PLANT!<p>Eff this film and the horse it rode in on and EFF this planty review.<p>You cannot beat Miyagi's Oscar nominated performance, Bill Conti's score, and the 80's awesomeness of the original.<p>"You're the best, around! Nothin's ever gonna keep ya down. You're the best!"

  • May 28, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Seriously, The Kung Fu kid

    by D.Vader

    Works so much better. Ugh.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    @The Dark Shite - Geek Padre=Plant. But "Spoink" and "Rogmel" ?

    by V'Shael

    No, just because they agree with the guy, that doesn't make these guys plants.<br /><br />They're talkbackers, as a google search confirms. Just because you don't recognise them doesn't mean anything.<br /><br />We can't all be as memorable as DannyGloversDickBlood or Media Messiah or ChickenGeorgeVII.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    AND I NEVER CRY "PLANT"...

    by RedHorseVector

    but this is absolutely 100% a planty planty plant plant.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Excellent review, Planty McPlantenstein

    by Lamerz

    I'm there are people within the studios who are long time readers as well. So that part probably is a true statement. Who knows, it might be decent.<P>BRING ON THE A-TEAM!!!!

  • May 28, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah..I say 'plant' as well...

    by Darth Macchio

    Jackie Chan has been a decent actor for a long time and notice how nothing is said of the scene where "Mr. Chan" invariably beats up a bunch of 12 year olds in defense of "Dre" like "Mr. Miyagi" did when he beat up a bunch of 18 year olds in TKK which, you know, isn't nearly as bad as a middle aged kung fu master beating up pre-teens 12 year olds.<p>Personally, and shallow-ly, the absence of Liz Shue and her wonderful boobies makes this a "wait for cable" release for me and nothing more.<p>Jackie Chan is and always will be badass awesome on every level though...that's for sure.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Karate isnt Chinese for fucks sake...this movie is invalid

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

  • May 28, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Jack it off!!!

    by Mr. Waturi

    The trailer for this movie is just disturbing. Do they really need to show an 11 year old boy training with his shirt off? Or developing a relationship with a girl. Or seeing Jackie Chan kick the crap out of a bunch of children. I've lost a lot of respect for Will Smith shoehorning his son into a role that was clearly intended for someone much older.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    "Condom on! Condom off! Repeat! Faster!"

    by SlappyBones

    Now go wash your hands.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Terry Silver planted this review.

    by CathleenTurnerOverdrive

    Just more of his underhanded Cobra Kai tactics.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    No way is Chan gonna beat up 12 year olds...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...He make funny faces and comically duck under ladders and sawhorses or some shit while the kids trip themselves up... like he does in, like, every single one of his seemingly thousands of movies.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Don't forget to water this PLANT....

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    The main bone I have to pick with this review is the constant dissing of the original film. <p> "As much as I was supposed to care about Daniel in the original, I had a hard time sympathizing with his plight." <p> Plant! <p> "The young actor who plays Dre's nemesis is much more convincing as the thug/bully than in the original" <p> Double Plant! <p> Plus you're just stupid for thinking that.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    FUCK THIS FUCKING PLANT

    by Slippy

    Did this asshole plant talk shit on William Zabka?!?!?! FUCK YOU PLANT! Johnny Lawrence was one of the defining 80’s bad guys and Geek Douche should bow down to Zabka’s greatness. A 4 foot, 10 year old kid is NOT menacing. A 6 foot blond with feathered hair, wears a silk black karate gi, paints his face like a skeleton, gets high in bathroom stalls, and rides a dirt bike will always make me check underneath the bed and closets before I go to sleep at night.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Ok seriously........

    by Movies4dummies

    Every time i finish reading an early review for a remake or anticipated movie here i always scroll down the talkback to see how many people start claiming plant. I mean, everyone is quick to cry plant and that's cool and everything but can somebody give me an example of when it was confirmed that there was ever a plant planted here at all?!

  • May 28, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    The trailer makes me want to abuse children

    by craptacular

    Children of all races.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Will Smith's son is the next...um, Will Smith?

    by Bathman

    "oh hell naw, i got to karate one of deese"<P>Seriously i hate this kid, he reminds me of the little buggers i yell at to get of my lawn, thats my basketball now you son of a bitch and if i catch you monkeying around on my porch again it'll be the last thing you ever do!

  • May 28, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Rubiks Doob....

    by Jabroni

    You are so right, anyone that goes out of their way to write a quality review always get pinned as a plant. Plus usually you have to bad mouth a movie about 11 months before it comes out, and beg for the directors death because Crispin Glover wasn't cast in the film. And every movie that is loved on this site, give it 3 months it's hated.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    They should have done The Reading Kid instead

    by craptacular

    Have him get owned in a spelling bee, and then gradually develop an elementary school education. Pencil on, pencil off!

  • May 28, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    PLANT!!!!!!! DON'T BUY HIS PHONEY, FAWNING CRAP!!!!!!!!!

    by Kal Reeve

    That is a rigged review if I ever read one. There's no way this half-hearted rip-off deserves this much praise and gushing!

  • May 28, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    turd in the punch bowl

    by thelorddread

    Peice of shit movie. that is all.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    craptacular

    by Kevin Kittridge

    Thank you for my first solid laugh of the day!

  • May 28, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    clarify

    by Kevin Kittridge

    for the "abusing children" comment.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I'm not saying the TBer ISN'T a plan....

    by rogmel

    but the review was pretty accurate based upon the movie I saw last week. HOWEVER, so many times during the movie I expected Jaden Smith to blurt, "Aw hell naw!" Never happened.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    meant "a plant..."

    by rogmel

    sorry

  • May 28, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    AICN, you suck for putting that ridiculous quote in the title

    by Kal Reeve

    Way to water this plant!

  • May 28, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    WILL SMITH IS A CROOK!!!!!!

    by Kal Reeve

    For ripping off and misrepresenting the title of an iconic film to cash in on its name recognition and value! The kid doesn't even learn Karate! SCREW YOU, SMITH, YOU SCUM!

  • May 28, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing...

    by Cagliostro

    That some CG was used in some of the shots I've seen of the kid doing splits as well. I know the young ones are flexible, but come on.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    AICN -- Please Don't Post Plants

    by IggyPopRocks

    Dear AICN, Love you, love the site. But, please, don't just post any/all reviews you get. This lowers all credibility when this is so obviously a studio PLANT. It actually makes me not want to keep checking out your site when you "overlook" something so biased.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    "We really appreciate GP taking the time to..."

    by Kal Reeve

    plant another garden of BS here at AICN, where all obvious plants get plenty of water and sunlight. <p> <p> Merrick, I really want to lay into you for that piece of lameness.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    "We really appreciate GP taking the time to..."

    by Kal Reeve

    plant another garden of BS here at AICN, where all obvious plants get plenty of water and sunlight. <p> <p> Merrick, I really want to lay into you for that piece of lameness.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Plant shows no respect for the Original

    by Nirgaul

    This shows the lack of respect studios have towards the original material. To say that the emotional circumstances of the classic felt "contrived" undermines it's popularity. People connected with the characters. They sympathized with Daniel, being fatherless, out of place, underpriveleged, but full of fight. That's why The Karate Kid is an all time great. I won't be seeing the remake, especially if the studios feel they need subversive PR to get fans into theaters. By the way, "Yakuza" is also Japanese. Do these execs not know the difference between Chinese and Japanese culture?

  • May 28, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    i'm not saying all early reviews are plants, but a lot are

    by Bathman

    although that said, go back and read the articles for the early reviews to stuff like the dark knight, the talkbacks are full of people yelling plant. Which is quite funny looking back on it, perhaps in a few years time we will look back on this karate kid article the same way. <P>Err...Probabaly not though, cause this is a plant

  • May 28, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Clearly the execs don't know the difference, Nirgaul

    by Kal Reeve

    Look at the primary problem: A film called The Karate Kid, but the kid learns Kung Fu, a Chinese martial art, rather than Karate, a Japanese martial art. CROOKS!

  • May 28, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    JESUS CHRIST I haven't seen a plant so planty in YEARS

    by ricarleite2

    A plant was supposed to make me want to see this film. Now I want Will Smith's kid to die. So I guess it failed.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    How many "plant" comments

    by JohnnyLaBamba

    Will it take for AICN to pull this story? I've been reading a dozen years or so, and this has the most I've EVER seen.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Geek padre = will smith

    by ilander66

    Not only is it a wonderful action cum travelogue cum culture guide to Chinese society as we know it. It will also bring about world peace and consequence free love for all. All the best will smith.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I hope you guys who are also upset will not pay to see this

    by Kal Reeve

    Raging against this crap online is definitely appropriate. But by paying to see it, you are nullifying your opposition. <p> <p> Stand up against this soulless, crooked crap!!!

  • May 28, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Maybe they used cgi.......

    by ilander66

    To simulate all the poor fuckers jumping off the foxxconn building.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    PLANT

    by maxin n relaxin

    this guy disses the original waaay too much for me to agree

  • May 28, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    @ Kal Reeve

    by IggyPopRocks

    I don't think many people on this site are in danger of seeing this movie.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Geek Padre here

    by GeekPadre

    Other upcoming movies you should definitely check out are Grown Ups (June 25), Salt (July 23), and Eat Pray Love (August 13). Grown Ups in particular really delivers the goods!

  • May 28, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    FFS, Merrick... get the Roundup!

    by ebonic_plague

    You actually read that OBVIOUSLY fake plant review and thought it was worth posting as if it was somehow legit? Thanks, buddy, for making it obvious how much you care about the information your site puts out these days. Oh that's right, you guys have given up. Anyone know a good site to find some movie reviews that aren't written by people employed by the same moviemakers?

  • May 28, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Geek Padre

    by craptacular

    So awesome.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    why not have real AICN group reviews?

    by MurderMostFowl

    Why don't studios simply have real AICN reviewers to screen some prerelases? I'd rather see X number of short reviews from real people on this board.<BR><BR> I trust people like Danny glovers dick blood, V'shael, D.Vader, HoboCode, Royston Lodge, AsimovLives, ( and a ton more people who are probably more senior than me )even when I utterly disagree with them. <BR><BR>

  • May 28, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    The Thing, The Fly, Halloween, Cape Fear, Cruel Intentions,

    by Coughlins Laws

    A Fistful of Dollars, Last Man Standing, The Fog, I Am Legend, The Jackal, Ocean's Eleven, Planet Of The Apes, The Wicker Man, You've Got Mail...

  • May 28, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    ebonic_plague

    by DangerDave

    I just came back from lunch and was going to post the same thing. <P> I guess that checking of a source don't mean shit here at AICN. Merrick takes the time to write "long time reader Geek Padre" just to sell the motion that this is not botony. <P> As I said, if you are a long time "reader" at this site and NEVER posted a comment, never been compelled to post a smart ass remark, then you have ZERO reliabliity as a source and you are a corperate tool and nothing more. <P> And Merrick is as bought and sold as the plant.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Karate != Kung Fu

    by misterorange

    I know the reasons for naming it the Karate Kid even when the whole movie is about Kung Fu, but hot damn, it still pisses me off.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    karate vs kung fu is kind of a trap

    by MurderMostFowl

    If they didn't call it that, or something obvious like "kung fu kid" you'd have people writing off the movie as a knockoff of Karate Kid. Actually calling it Karate Kid, ever thought its a misnomer, seems to me to add legitimacy .... a reference to its pedigree or something ( they hope I guess ) <BR><BR> I don't understand the fascination Hollywood has with remakes of good famous movies. Why not remake a mediocre or bad film that happened to have a good story that flopped cinematically or something? Have some guts.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    So Rave Early Review = Plant?!?

    by gregniz

    You talkbackers are pathetic. Just plain pathetic

  • May 28, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    ilander66: Will Smith would have more cred

    by MurderMostFowl

    Awwh Hellnaw...If Will Smith had written that review, it would have had slightly more credit. At least we would know where the bias lied.

  • May 28, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Merrick let this guy through on purposed?

    by Coughlins Laws

    I mean, there's no possible way he thinks this guy is a regular reader/average Joe, right? Every sentence is correctly formed and every paragraph is structured perfectly. He must be trying to prove some point, right? Anyway, overlooking and dismissing whoever this Clown who wrote this is, there's simply no chance I'll see this movie. First of all and most obvious, the kid is learning Kung Fu, NOT Karate. Someone speculated that he tried Karate on th bullies when they first met and because it was the generic community center version, he got his ass whipped, so they called him The Karate Kid to mock him. Whatever. It's idiotic. Second of all, the cast is WAYYYY too young. He's 12? Seriously? I fail to believe that adults would let kids that young beat the shit out of each other. If Will Smith had waited another 3 years I'd buy this more. 15 is a more proper age. You can't really show children that haven't even reached puberty yet kicking the shit out of each other and try to honestly tell me they can master their craft. I have some experience in martial arts and I'll tell you, I don't care how technically sound a kid that age is, there's no way they're strong enough to really hurt each other that much, especially not an adult. These kids, from what I've seen in the trailers, are just way too small. Look at Bruce Lee. He was great. He was in extraordinary shape and was one of the fastest and skilled martial artists of his time. However, had he had to fight someone like Mohammed Ali or Joe Frazier, he'd have been torn apart. He wouldn't have been able to hit them and even if he did it wouldn't be hard enough to hurt them. He'd either have to run away or get demolished if he tried to fight toe to toe with them. Third of all, the kid has RIDICULOUS cornrolls that are SOOOO distracting to me that I couldn't take anything that he said or did seriously. I mean, what were they thinking? Will Smith REALLY wants his kid to look like that? Was the on the set of the Matrix sequels when he was 4 and told them he liked the way his mother's hair looked? It's a totally ludicrous look for any kid that young and I blame the egotistical parents for making their kid look like that. Anyway, that's my three cents. The movie looks stupid, it mocks the original that many people find a classic, and the kid is too young and creepy looking for the movie to be effective...

  • May 28, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Johnny and Chozen KICKED ASS in the originals...

    by Han Cholo

    That just goes to show how effective they were back then. Johnny beating on Daniel everyday, almost killing him at one point. Trying to re-injure Daniel's leg to win at the tournament. You know had Daniel not performed the Crane kick that Johnny would have continued to beat him up. <p> Chozen was scary because he took it to the next level and tried to kill Daniel. With lines like "YOU CROSS BRIDGE OR I KILL HER!!!!" and "NOW.... WE FIGHT TO DEATH!!!" that added a lot of drama to the plot and made the ending more satisfying. <p> I don't get the same sense with the new film. Hell, they can't even get the name of the movie right. I want this to flop BAD!!!

  • May 28, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    PRANT

    by Galactic

  • May 28, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Dangerdave

    by ebonic_plague

    If Merrick can't discern that this "review" is a plant, he's got no business (or credibility) evaluating anything in regard to movies. And if he does realize that this is a studio plant, but posted it anyway, he's demonstrated exactly what kind of respect he has for the readership of this site, which is basically none. Either way, he's got all the credibility of Ben Lyons at this point. I don't know when it happened, but lately the only credibility this site has in regards to evaluating movies comes from the talkbackers, rather than the site admins. It really is a bad joke.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    V'Shael

    by OptimusCrime

    Nice work on shouting out to ChickenGeorgeVII. I wonder whatever happened to the seventh chicken...<P>Also, this is an shameful example of a plant. Is there truly no screening process? I mean, somebody must at least have skimmed the thing before it went up, right?

  • May 28, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    *Rolls Eyes

    by Black Jack iii

    No way this heap is anywhere near as good as the original, or part II for that matter.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    No fucking way is ...

    by CartoonFanboy

    the asian kid in this movie more menacing than Johnny. Also he has a "Yakuza" vibe, really? I thought the Yakuza were from Japan, guess that means he has a Japanese vibe. Anyway, I'm curious about the age of the bully actors, I have a hard time believing that 12 year old Chinese kids can beat up Jaden Smith. Not that he's a hard-ass or anything but his dads not exactly a small dude, so I imagine he would be big for his age here in the states, that would make him a giant to kids his age in China.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Plant Padre

    by GhostDad

    Seriously this reeks of marketing rep. I used to do that for a living, so I would know. I wonder which firm he's from. Deutsch? ADD? Guerilla?

  • May 28, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    I'm giving it a chance... here's why

    by Zombieflicker

    When I first heard of this remake (or re-envision), I said in Will Smith fashion “Aw hell no!” But I got to tell you, after seeing the latest trailers for it, I’ve kind of changed my mind and am a little more optimistic of it. I was 13 when I first seen Karate Kid and couldn’t wait for it to get released on VHS a year later to rent it. Then I couldn’t wait for it to be on HBO a few months after that so I could tape it and watch it 3 times a day. My first thought (and I think that about a lot of other movies being remade), that the original is sacred, and people should leave it alone. But then I see my 11 year old son fist-pump me after seeing the trailer and say “You are taking me to see that”. And I caught myself fist-pumping back and saying “Aw hell yeah!” All I’m saying is that my son could give a crap about the 1984 version. Just like in 1982 I couldn’t give a crap about the 1951 version of “The Thing”. Just don’t go remaking “The Goonies” mother fuckers!

  • May 28, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Ebonic

    by DangerDave

    I agree, the TBs are the meat of this site and they know it. But they insult up with posting plant reviews and telling us that "this is chocolate covered pussy juice." <P> There have been epic talkbacks that have had better ideaes than half of the currnet crop (no pun intended Geek Padre) of movies that hollywood is shiting out. <P> Remember the Balebackers? The Professionals? That was comedic gold there.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Geek Padre is really Carlton from Fresh Prince

    by Bathman

    He'd say anything in order to have Will Smith return his calls

  • May 28, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Goonie Love

    by DangerDave

    I watched it last night...it's as lame as I remember it being. <P> One Eyed Willie?= COCK.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    by kesoze4

    The movie might be good, but it's sad that Hollywood marketing departments seem to think it's necessary to send out employees to plant reviews like this.<p><p> What's even more sad, though, is that the staff of this supposedly unbiased movie site so willingly posts "early reviews" that they *know* must be fake. Is it just not caring or are dollars actually paid?<p><p> Either way, if my attention-needy self were to get to see *any* unreleased movie early, and I was so excited I wrote a review of it and submitted it to AICN, I'd be ALL OVER this Talkback, daring people to call me a plant and answering more detailed questions about what I saw. That "Geek Padre" up and vanished further saddens me, as it shows how little the marketers even care to follow up on their deception.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I AM boycotting this movie...

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    I just love the original films all too much. Yes, even the 3rd one which I thought was decent, though it would have been better to have had Terry's true purpose hidden from us and had it be a twist reveal. "The Next Karate Kid" does not exist in this dojo... <p> I consider the original to be a true classic, not just of the 80's but of all-time. Pat Morita created a character that will forever be an icon. Ralph Macchio is an extremely underrated, dedicated and talented actor. Don't believe this watch the movie "Crossroads" (not the Britney Spears movie). <p> I thought Jackie Chan would be above taking a role like this. I have lost respect for him.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Geek Padre here again

    by GeekPadre

    I want to remind everyone that The Karate Kid and Little Caesars are doing a promotion that lasts until June 26th. Don't let this incredible opportunity pass you by. There are tons of prizes to win, from Little Caesars gift cards to a "The Karate Kid" baseball cap. Little Caesars and Pepsi are really going out of their way to make the release of The Karate Kid special. See you at the movies on June 11th.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    GeekPadre

    by DangerDave

    FUCKING EPIC WIN....YOU WILL 100+ INTERNETS.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    ^ HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    by craptacular

  • May 28, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Just toss in a couple...

    by craptacular

    And remember to drink Pepsi!

  • May 28, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    This TB needs more product placement.

    by craptacular

  • May 28, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Geek Padre, are their any other movies I should see

    by Coughlins Laws

    this summer that look awful but you can assure me they are re-inventing the art form with?

  • May 28, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Coughlins

    by craptacular

    He already did that in an earlier post, scroll up. I might have to go see it now just because of the epic marketing infiltration.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    DangerDave, I think the Balebackers are still active...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...in some incarnation that moves nomadically from one talkback to another. Every few years, a band of inspired TBer's will demonstrate why the talkbacks are still worth perusing, but an increasing majority of articles posted by the site admins are insultingly lame/fake/late. <p> I can't fault AICN for the trickle of sewage that constitutes the bulk of movies that are released by studios every year, but I CAN fault them for posting submissions from paid PR agents designed to serve as pre-emptive damage control for what is undoubtedly a fecal movement of a cash-grab remake, and for pretending it's a legit review. Especially when they have actual scoops sent to them all the time, and choose to run this crap instead. I hope they're getting paid for these fake reviews, otherwise it's just a sign of pure apathy, and AICN should give up pretending to be a movie news site.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Balebackers ARE Still active

    by DangerDave

    http://tinyurl.com/ck5cds

  • May 28, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    There Gold in them thar Plants

    by DangerDave

    That is the only reason. Unless they are too simple minded to see when they are being used.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Gotta be a plant.

    by F-18

    The review is too coherent and profanity-free with correct spelling and punctuation.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    AIBN, nice!

    by ebonic_plague

    I have to say, that site is far more Professional than this place has been in a while. Renegade talkbackers have come a long way since those Scorched Planet D-bags.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The average quality of remakes is...

    by WarrenSmooth

    exactly the same as that of original movies. 75% of them suck, 20% are watchable, and 5% are must-see. Stop writing off movies simply because they are remakes!

  • May 28, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Mr Spork

    by DangerDave

    Shouldn't it be Mr. Spork <P> Just saying.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    His review is too well thought out to be real

    by estacado1

    and his sentences are too well structured to be a reader of AICN. So, in essance, I'll him Planty McPlant. And calling the bad chinese boy a yakuza? You complain about the title, but make the same mistake in calling the boy a yakuza. Just go back to planet McPlant.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Warren....

    by DangerDave

    If you got >25% of the shit you did at work right and only 5% was fucking solid...how old do you think you would stay on the payroll? <P> Granted a baseball player that hits 40% (.400) is a shue in for the Hall of Fame...remakes aint baseball.

  • May 28, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    The name "Geek Padre" is the the first clue of plant life

    by Kal Reeve

    Merrick, are you that oblivious, or are you and Harry getting a payoff?

  • May 28, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    This is a worse PLANT than the ones in The Happening!

    by Kirbymanly

    Yup.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    yeah the name is a dead give away

    by Bathman

    i mean why do these plants usenames like "Normal_Geek78" or "LOTR_FTW69" do they think we really use lame screen names like that... oh, nevermind

  • May 28, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Geek Padre with more info

    by GeekPadre

    If you're a real geek who loves to keep updated on all things "The Karate Kid," check out "The Karate Kid" on Facebook and Twitter. Sony Pictures has all sorts of fun, exciting features on the movie's Facebook page, including games and exclusive movie clips. On the other hand, the movie's Twitter page already has over 4,000 loyal followers. Are you one of them? Now is the time to prepare yourself for the movie event of the summer.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Plizzity Plant

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    Plazow!

  • May 28, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Plant?

    by Toonol

    I don't know about this specific review, but 90% of the reviews that talkbackers claim as plants surely aren't. Talkbackers are just a paranoid and bitter group.<p> I think this movie looks relatively good... and most of the criticisms (kung-fu, and Smith's son) talkbackers are making seem irrelevant.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    This is clearly satire

    by Nerd Rage

    No plant would be this obvious.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    hmmmm

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I think the first hint is when the bad movie gets an extremely positive stance along with "too many" facts on the film and production.It's just an obvious feeling you get after reading it .Now, it could be real,sure.But I'd bet not.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    DangerDave

    by F-18

    Thats why I called plant, AICN readers aren't likely to use correct punctuation.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Better then Sensei Kreese and Johnny?

    by Chemicals

    Gimme a fucking break...

  • May 28, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    karate kid 2

    by bourne7855

    i just watch that again on recently released bluray if i want a fish out of water story in a foreign country. that was excellent. will smiths kid bugs me and i dont know why, he just seems like a little asshole to me

  • May 28, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Promoting the remake by playing down on the CLASSIC?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    This movie might be good, but... <BR><BR> - The original Karate Kid is a classic that everyone remembers. Clearly, people sympathized with Daniel. This person wants readers to support the new movie with a review that starts with a line everyone is gonna disagree with? <BR><BR> - Did this reviewer actually play down on JOHNNY? One of the most memorable 80s bad guys of all time?? That's like trying to get us to see Phantom Menace by saying Darth Maul is more menacing than Darth Vader.<BR><BR> - The predicaments in the new one felt more real than the original? So this reviewer has gone to school in China and been picked on by bullies before? I havent seen this new movie, but the original seems far more relatible in terms of moving to California, trying to fit in, and crushing on a girl in high school. Jackie Chan taking Dre to that Chinese temple with monks and snakes feels more real?? I doubt even most Chinese people have seen that kinda stuff! <BR><BR>

  • May 28, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    COBRA-KAI DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS DOJO!

    by ebonic_plague

    Seriously, his is the one opinion of this movie that I actually want to read. Not that I imagine it would at all make me want to pay to see it. Never thought I'd say that for a Jackie Chan kung-fu movie.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    by REDD

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/14/the-80s-bully-megacut-sho_n_575350.html

  • May 28, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    This "long time reader" proves one thing:

    by AsimovLives

    AICN readers canm also be plants. That's democracy right there.<br><br>My favorite part was how he claimed the movie was the first ever sucessful reinvention and then remarks how the story is point by point to the original.<br<Well, this reader is not much of a good movie geek, to tell you the truth. i can offe,r right from the tip of my mind, a really sucessful "reimagning" that only retained the basic premise but worked a whole complete plot different from the original, and it happened 28 years ago: John Carpenter's THE THING.<br><br>What the "long time reader" did above is not a review, it's an exercise in star ass kissing. Plant review 101. Forget it, it's trash!

  • May 28, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I support the guy in the talkbacks who has signed up

    by CathleenTurnerOverdrive

    with the Geek Padre handle pimping the movie even further. Bravo, sir. Your comedy stylings are appreciated here.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    The original's bad guys

    by GeekPadre

    In response to several comments made concerning my criticisms of the original movie's villains, I have to say that most moviegoers barely remember the characters John Kreese and Johnny Lawrence from the original. Can you remember one line spoken by either character? I doubt many people can. What Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures have done so wonderfully is make a genuinely threatening villain for Jaden Smith's character Dre. However, Dre will also make you forget Daniel Larusso. Jaden Smith obviously trained for several whole days - possibly even weeks. The punches and kicks in this "The Karate Kid" will blow you away. On June 11th, you'll understand.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    GeekPadre, You had my money...

    by Sodapopguy

  • May 28, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I never suspect something is a plant

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    and even I know that's a plant.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Bah, stupid no edits...

    by Sodapopguy

    Anyways, you had my money until you mentioned that no one remembers any of the lines spoken by the main villains of the TKK. How can one not remember "Sweep the Leg!" or "You have a problem with that?" or even "You're alright LaRusso!" "Mercy is for the WEAK!" I could go on, but I'm sure others will continue my work.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    so I guess Geek Padre has never seen Magnificent Seven

    by JackSlater4

  • May 28, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Plant

    by Badger23

    I could tell in the first few sentences.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    GeekPadre

    by AsimovLives

    How's the plant business?

  • May 28, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Merrick

    by GeekPadre

    Thank you very much for posting my review. As a long time reader of your site, I have seen many terrific movies as a result of your site's honest and well-written reviews (see Harry Knowle's Valentine's Day Blu-Ray review). It was a pleasure to share with you my thoughts on the latest offering by Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Merrick, thank you again, and I hope you enjoy the autographed "The Karate Kid" poster.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Seriously...

    by Stumanji

    Make GeekPadre stop.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    I even remember lines

    by paulloch

    from the minor "villains" like, Larry Drake's "Mr. Moto". This screenplay is used in textbooks and classes on screenwriting. I dobut the new one will be.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    geekpadre, you are a genius...

    by Mr. Waturi

    funniest shit on this site in a while.

  • May 28, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    My last post

    by GeekPadre

    I hope everyone has a blast at the theater on June 11th. Unfortunately, I need to take care of some other business. The kings of comedy (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider) have a hilarious movie coming out on June 25th. See you at the movies!

  • May 28, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Actual from the trailer

    by christpunchers2007

    the movie looks pretty decent in its right. The scenes look convincing without trying to ham things up too much.

  • May 28, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    GeekPadre

    by DangerDave

    10,000 Internets for you.

  • I mean, seriously, why not call it The Kung-Fu Kid? It sounds just as good. This is where Hollywood totally confuses me with their stupidity. They go to all this trouble to make a movie, then miss the little detail that is in the movies NAME. Fucking retards.

  • May 28, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    So GeekPadre, you identified more

    by smackfu

    with being a black kid in China than you did an awkward teen in Highschool who gets picked on by jocks? I dunno, just seems to me the awkward teen defending himself against jocks is the more common scenario. I'd have to ask the 8 black people who live in China before really forming a concrete opinion though.

  • May 28, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Where is the Geek Padre S&TC2 review?

    by ricarleite2

    The one in which he believes there are very few weak points

  • May 28, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Karate in China?

    by danieladamsmith

    Why did they set the KARATE kid in CHINA?

  • May 28, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    The Chinese still win in the end

    by smackfu

    Because Karate Kid's sweatband is laced with Cadmium.

  • May 28, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Hold on, wasn't this the plot for Karate Kid 2

    by Lone Fox

    Yes. Yes it was. What a goddamn crock.

  • May 28, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    AICN contributes more to the environment than Greenpeace...

    by SayNoToRemakes

    Seriously, how many plants are you guys going to allow to come on here??

  • May 28, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    no, he's not a plant

    by antonphd

    a good review does not equal a plant. this review basically says that the film lives up to the trailers. i'll watch it for the view and chan

  • May 28, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    And NO, we talkbackers calling "PLANT" aren't paranoid...

    by SayNoToRemakes

  • May 28, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    And NO, we talkbackers calling "PLANT" aren't paranoid...

    by SayNoToRemakes

    ...we just call a spade "a spade". It just is what it is...:)

  • May 28, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Gotta agree, this is a big leafy bushy plant!

    by br1947

    It's even been munching on some Miracle Grow, this thing is big!

  • May 28, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    God, are you pasty shaolin masters still fuming over karate vs.

    by HapaPapa72

    Then reject what is useless and don't see the movie.

  • May 28, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    vs.kung-fu?

    by HapaPapa72

  • May 28, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    EVERYONE KNOWS A PLANT, HERE @ A.I.C.N.

    by Mennen

    exposed.

  • May 28, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Need some expert advice ... which is better shit

    by Lamerz

    to smoke? Weed, or the plant above?

  • May 28, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    antonphd is a plant for the plant reviewer ...

    by Lamerz

    How's that chlorophyll antonphd?

  • May 28, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    The Kung-Fu Kid...

    by blackwood

    actually sounds better than Karate Kid -- not just for this movie but like for syllables. It sounds like being punched.

  • May 28, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    A definate plant

    by barnaby jones

  • May 28, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Glorified Chinese culture in Karate Kid

    by Lamerz

    So, GeekPadre, does the Karate Kid show the Foxconn sweatshops where 15 and 16 year olds are working major overtime, away from their families, in high security lockdown environments making iPods and iPhones for minimal pay, and people are killing themselves left and right? Is that part of the culture shown?

  • May 28, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    DavidCarradine - fuck man, what are you on?

    by Lamerz

    You been lighting up the fuckin plant reviewer? Must be some good shit.

  • May 28, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Motherfucker - LOST complete collection $280!!!

    by Lamerz

    Shit I loved LOST, but CAN I GET A FUCK THAT????

  • May 28, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Bonzai PLANT!

    by fanboy71

    Come on, who wrote this shit? Will Smith?

  • May 28, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    There are no banzai trees in this dojo...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    'Cause a banzai tree isn't much of a tree; in fact, it's more like a...well, you know. Anyway, I don't care if this guy is a plant. The previews actually look pretty good, and I'm a Chan fan, so seeing him play a role in his native language (always a plus) while showing off his skills means I'm seeing this regardless. If it sucks, it sucks, but I'm ignoring all of the haters.

  • May 28, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Sulla, the crooks are calling it Karate Kid to cash in...

    by Kal Reeve

    on the name value and name recognition of the iconic title. Will Smith is scum, and so are the yes men at Columbia Pictures.

  • May 28, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Damn it, fanboy71...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Beat me to my punchline. Curses, foiled again.

  • May 28, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    COBRA KAI: Kreese, Johnny, Tommy, Bobby, Dutch....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...and that one guy who doesn't talk. <BR><BR> A bunch of 12 yr old students is gonna beat this legacy? I still remember like every single line from Cobra Kai!<BR><BR> Again, this new movie might be good, but what is this reviewer thinking? Did he even like the original?

  • May 28, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    "Daniel! I'm sorry! I didn't mean it! I'm sorry!"

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    That's what this reviewer should be saying.

  • May 28, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Idiot

    by pauduro

    no more no les this guy is an idiot

  • May 28, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Lamerz, and they're going to sell a few million...

    by Jaka

    ...of those fuckers, easy. "Cha-ching! Aaahahaahahaaaaa! Like printing money!"

  • May 28, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    This guy is an idiot?

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    And yet pauduro doesn't seem to understand basic capitalization and punctuation and can't even correctly spell the word less. You, sir, fail.

  • May 28, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Sweet Jesus McWeezus

    by daggor

    This thing is full of quotes for the movie adverts. Karate Kid was good but 80's teen goofiness. Will Smith's Kid and Jackie Chan just makes it goofier remake shlock.

  • May 28, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    The worst

    by slupo

    Even if this isn't a plant which it is. It's still a shitty ass review. I don't know why I keep reading AICN. It's so horrible. I get faster news from the entertainment section on Yahoo!

  • May 28, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I never cry "plant" either.

    by Azlam Orlandu

    But that was a load of horse shit.

  • May 28, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    YOU CAN'T TOP PERFECT! ! !

    by GeorgieBoy

    And that's what the original movie was. Perfect. This is nothing more than a nepotism ploy by Will Smith to foist his punk kid on American audiences.

  • May 28, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    So he couldn't identify with Daniel but he can with an 11 yr old

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE, McPlanty!!!

  • May 28, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    On June 11th you will believe all over again for the first time.

    by Deviant Apex

    From the ashes of the greatest 80s movie of all time comes Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures latest hit "The Karate Kid." Jaden Smith stars as Dre, a typical 12 year old who finds himself a "fish out of water" in a land unlike his own. It isnt until he meets the enigmatic Mr. Chan that things start to change for the better. Ultimately, with Mr. Chans help he finds out what it really means to be a lean, mean 12 year old ass-kicking machine. See what it really means to be a Kung Fu master in "The Karate Kid!"

  • May 28, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Something something something dojo

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 28, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Who calls their kid dre?

    by ilander66

    What's it short for dre-adful ? That quality humour right there.

  • May 28, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Seriously why market this as the karate kid?

    by ilander66

    For a 'brand' that's pushing a quarter of a century old the Tweens this new film is aimed at have probably never even seen the original or if they have didn't grow up with it rendering it all cheesy and 80's to them and those that do remember it fondly will gave nothing but hate for this remake and probably not go and see it anyway. However you cut it it's epic fail.

  • May 28, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Plant

    by Deathpool

    Sorry, but there's no way that's real.

  • May 28, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    GeekPadre... can't remember quotes?

    by MurderMostFowl

    Seriously, you think people can't remember quotes from the bad guys? Two famous ones come to mind. <BR><BR> "Sweep the leg" <BR> "Fear does not exist in this Dojo" ( which is the source of the once popular internet meme "xyz does not exist in this dojo" ) <BR><BR>

  • May 28, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    GeekPadre - More than meets the eye

    by Lamerz

    He's not just a plant, he's a motherfuckin REDWOOD.

  • May 28, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    GeekPadre does not exist in this dojo

    by Lamerz

    Because he's a fuckin studio exec with a huge mortgage, the wife out of control shopping, debt from the coke habit piling up, the hookers on the side demanding to be paid ... and the threat of losing his job if Karate Kid fuckin tanks.<P>Hey asshole, you coulda tried not to be SO OBVIOUS. Here's hoping the coke dealer doesn't bust your kneecaps.

  • May 28, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    The NEXT Karate Kid REMAKE...

    by GeorgieBoy

    It will be 6 year olds fighting. And then the remake after that one? 2 year olds.

  • May 28, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    The 7th Karate Kid - sperm fighting over the egg

    by Lamerz

    Some intense conflict.

  • May 28, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    "We really appreciate GP taking the time..."

    by Wookie_Weed

    Oh fuck off Merrick. What kickback did you and Harry get for this?

  • May 28, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Greek Pate?

    by Wookie_Weed

    Is a plant made into a dip.

  • May 28, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Planty McPlant Leaf

    by ass clown

    My god, I have never read a more rehearsed, studio scripted review in my life. GeekPadre should just take a picture with the cash he got for spewing this shit out because its so painstakingly obvious. I can't wait til the day a studio asks me to write a fake review because I cant get enough of how websites like this eat this shit up.

  • May 28, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Growing Pains Remake?

    by MajorFrontbum

    For the big screen, in 3D, with a CGI Alf as the deranged TV Evangelist that kills and eats the family, while making wise cracks and hacking up fur balls?

  • May 28, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith is horrible

    by Badger23

    Even by kid actor standards.

  • May 28, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Hey Geek Padre!

    by MediaGold

    You need to put a ™ after "Karate Kid". And it goes without saying that "The Karate Kid" is used by special permission from DC Comics.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Plant the Planty McPlant

    by SamLoomis1978

    Bunch of bullshit.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Merrick is either still a retard or knows satire

    by Tall_Boy66

    However, since I don't think Merrick would know good satire if it sat up and smacked him over the head, I'm pretty sure he's a retard who thought this was a true review.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    A Harald Zwart film...the mark of quality!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And no Elisabeth Shue with 80s hair = No Sale.

  • May 28, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    I Would Have Believed This More If He didn't Trash The OG!

    by What The Duck

    you know it was a good review and for a second I was like Shit! maybe this won't be so bad. Then you just flat out assaulted the original. Fuck You Plant! What kid can't relate to maybe being moved across the country. New school no friends. I guess they have to hire d-bags like you these days since Harry sure as shit doesn't write reviews anymore. To busy jerking off to Sly's phone message.

  • May 28, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    Stroke of genius would've been calling it KUNG FU KID instead

    by Monkey_King

    HOLLYWOOD is STUPID for calling/marketing this film as a Karate film when it clearly is NOT.

  • May 28, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    If you didn't figure out this was a plant..

    by rutgerman

    you're as stupid as you think you are.

  • May 29, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Why did they feel the need to keep the original title?

    by GimpInMyPants

    Name recognition is easier to you sell. Anybody actually think Ahnorld won the the governorship because he had the better plan for California? As for The Karate Kid remake, leave 80s movies alone, and this review is a plant.

  • May 29, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    A plant? For this movie? Here? Why?

    by The Founder

    As much hatred and insults that have been thrown at this movie,especially personnel I see no reason for the studio and Will Smith to try and win this small demographic that comes here. I'll withhold judgement until I see the film but I had a feeling it would turn out better then decent.

  • May 29, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    P.L.A.N.T.

    by Obnoxious_Username

    Ha ha ha ha. I needed a good laugh, thanks for that "review". Still not going to see this film.

  • May 29, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST

    THIS IS A FUCKING PLANT!!! FUCK THE STUDIO.

    by JonChambers

  • May 29, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST

    if this plant were any plantier we could smoke him...

    by beefywhore

    that is all.

  • May 29, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Fight back!

    by MrPaisley

    A page for the real movies... http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=114242495275528&ref=ts

  • May 29, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Planty Mc Planterson

    by Obscura

    of the Clan Mc Planty

  • May 29, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Fuck this shit

    by CrusherBuddyRevell

    Fuck Will Smith, fuck his son and fuck Jackie Chan. Will Smith because he has the audacity to use the Karate Kid's name to push his son. Fuck his son, because he doesn't deserve to be an actor because of his father. Fuck Jackie Chan for participating in the rape of the original Karate Kid movie. Fuck Will Smith as well for that anti-Asian crap this movie will portray. Brothers and asians always got along well. I wonder how that will be when this Smith shit is released. And fuck plants. Those people are a joke.

  • May 29, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Padre does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Padre I have sinned. It's been 6 weeks since my last confession."<p> "... I don't know how to tell you this - but after reading your review I felt the urge to pay a visit to your house. I fucked your wife (she loved it), cooked your dog (tasted good), and sold your brats to chinese slavers (hey, you told me China was a beautiful place). How d'ya like them apples?"<p> "I'll say 'twenty hail Miyagis' and recieve a medal."

  • May 29, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Geek Padre, your redux sux.

  • May 29, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    MurderMostFowl does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Murdermostfowl, what do you mean 'the once popular internet meme' - the dojo's still rocking baby!

  • May 29, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Finally the Dojo has arrived

    by craptacular

  • May 29, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    How dos a Chinese kid have a Yakuza vibe?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Yakuza is Japanese. Oh wait, so is karate. Nevermind.

  • May 29, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Coming soon a Happy Days reboot

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    with Jackie Chan as Arnold.

  • May 29, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    I'm still not seeing this fucking shit.

    by The Bunglermoose

    I don't care what anybody says.

  • May 29, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "it was equal parts funny, charming, scary, and triumphant. I found myself tearing up several times in the film because the predicaments felt very real as opposed to the original which seemed contrived."<p> Geekpadre, this sentence of your review has to be highlight for me. Did wickle Will Smiff make you cwy? Boo hoo..<p> Hhahahahahahhahahahha are the tears of a plant green? You cock.

  • May 29, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I still enjoy watching Jackie Chan

    by craptacular

    Beat up minors in the trailer, that's great stuff there.

  • May 29, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    but twelve 6 year olds might have been a better fight

    by craptacular

    than six 12 year olds.

  • May 29, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Sic-em Cobra--Kai

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    To hell with this remake.

  • May 29, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Mr Han

    by alan_poon

    Suddenly I'd like to leave your remake.

  • May 29, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Finally, cobra Kai, has come BACK, to AICN!!!!

    by I_shot_Cyrus

    Yeah fuck this plant. I know that Day The Earth Stood Still sucked, but Jaden made me want to bitch slap him throughout the film. That is all.

  • May 29, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Because of this studio planted review alone

    by Lamerz

    I hope this movie bombs ... like fucking Nagasaki. Like $2M first week gross. Fuck you, ya coked out studio exec plant. Say hi to your dealer for me.

  • May 29, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    PLANT status......

    by Russman

    anytime someone likes a movie some douche nozzle yells "PLANT!!" Even I got called one for a positive review. If a couple of people in the Talkback pipe in and say they saw it too and agree then you know you pretty much have a good reasonable review. Yeah, you never know for sure unless the person has submitted a number of other reviews, but it's just a movie. Anyway, good to know that it sounds like they made a quality movie and not some cheap rip off since it looks like most of the movies this summer will suck

  • May 29, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Perhaps the Plant should have added this to add more cred around

    by shocker315

    "The feel-good hit of the summer!"... "This year's Little Miss Sunshine!"

  • May 29, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Russman

    by Kal Reeve

    Prior to this review I had NEVER called anyone a plant. In fact, I had often harshly criticized those who shouted PLANT when it was not warranted. But make no mistake, this review is a PLANT. A shameless PLANT that has the gull, the temerity to disparage the iconic original. <P> <P> SCREW THIS PLANT AND SCREW THIS WRONGFULLY NAMED REMAKE!!!

  • May 29, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    We need some koala

    by SunTzu77

  • May 29, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    some giraffes

    by SunTzu77

  • May 29, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    SHAKMAAAA!!

    by lookylookymoontard

  • May 29, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    haha - Prant.

    by The_Ritty

    that joke was better than this movie will be.

  • May 29, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for Robert Freeman to appear and whip Jaden wi

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I mean, in this movie he's the fuckin' spitting image of Riley from the Boondocks.

  • May 29, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    whip Jaden with his belt...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Stupid line limit...

  • May 29, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Jack on, jack off

    by teddy_duchamp

    fuck on, fuck off, definitely a plant. Bonsai!

  • May 29, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    yea and you too Sir

    by pauduro

    "by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi And yet pauduro doesn't seem to understand basic capitalization and punctuation and can't even correctly spell the word less. You, sir, fail" yea well english is not my frist language (its my 4th) so yea sorry to make ooooooo so bad speling and puntuations mistakes but you and Mr Geek are idiots

  • May 29, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    And to REAL intrests

    by pauduro

    Sooo we all think this was a plant???? YEA we all with half a brain think so, sooooo why is this not PRE aprubes by one of the MODS???? any one can just rite WAHT eaver stupid reviw and is going up on tha page??? cus i have a 7 year old cusin that LOVED Robin hood and Avatar maby He can rite some things for you guys

  • May 29, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Funniest review I've ever read

    by We_like_it_VERY_MUCH

    Seriously, it read like a menu from a restaurant Patrick Bateman would frequent. <P> We also found out that the reviewer finds 12 year olds "charming"...

  • May 29, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I don't normally say this but...

    by nostairway

    PLANT!!!! C'mon, it's gotta be right? As someone who works with PR weasels on a daily basis this fits their M.O. to a tee. No real flaws? Really? So basically this movie is in the same category as the Godfather and Casablaca? Yeah...no.

  • May 29, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE

    by torontoxic

    This "review" is preposterous! Preposterous I say! <P> The whole movie start to finish has this nagging persistent need to do exactly what this review does and constantly rties to basically tell you it doesn't suck and what you're watching is totally serious. Will Smith's kid who will forever be Will Smith's kid is a shitty ass actor. Sorry fuckface but your silver spoon lifestyle doesn't come with inherent talent (apparently). <P> Skip this fucking thing all together. Hell I might skip 3 or 4 of Will Smith's next movies as punishment.

  • May 29, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    If the end boss isn't...

    by Wookie_Weed

    an under-12 Sumo champion, then you cannot call this the Karate Kid.

  • May 29, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I'm with you, supermarch. I refuse to watch Will Smith films no

    by Kal Reeve

    Can't support someone who misrepresents the Karate Kid name for profit.

  • May 29, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    I refuse to see this...

    by PorkChopXpress

    ...based solely on the fact that they're so stupid that they called it the Karate Kid, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with Karate, simply to cash in on the name. Oh yeah...and PLANT.

  • May 30, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST

    GP in talkbacks! AWESOME.

    by onezeroone

    Keep the shtick up. Definitely more fun than JettL and the other fake belgian dude who keeps pimping his "reviews".

  • May 30, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    AICN belongs to the Talkbackers

    by GimpInMyPants

    Maybe AICN has always belonged to the Talkbackers but more and more realize it doesn't even matter what Harry and his contributors (with the exception of the League of @$$holes) put up, I come here for the Talkbacks.

  • May 30, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Stop Hatin on Jaden, Not his fault he can get more ass then most

    by The Founder

    So much hate for this kid here so I gotta defend him. Maybe I'm not in the same world as most of you asswipes here. I just don't don't see what this 12 year old kid has done so bad to get all this hate. Grown ass men attacking a kid actor who's only been in like two films and one who's future films are gonna be aimed at the kid to family demo, and yet grown ass men are hatin on him. I see patheticness.

  • May 30, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Shame on you aintitcool...

    by biscuithead

    ...shame on you for publishing this hollow promotional blurb clearly scribbled down by some marketing guy for whatever studio is releasing this regurgitated tripe. I'm happy to read even a badly written review as long as it's sincere and from the heart. Shame shame shaaame...

  • May 30, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    @biscuithead

    by GimpInMyPants

    In order for Harry to have shame he'd have to have a conscience first. Harry sold his fat soul cheap a long time ago.

  • May 30, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    THIS HORRIBLE MOVIE

    by Van_Dammes_Forehead_Lump

    deserves this horrible review. Geek Padre's elitist ramblings are so off-target it's laughable. "Hey some people might not like the changes from the original movie, but I'm so culturally aware that it being a black kid in China this time didn't faze me at all!" Who cares about the ethnicity of the actors or the location of the movie? And worries about seeming "US cultural superiority"? What I care about is this: was the movie good & will I have a good time watching it? The answers to these two questions are solid NOs.

  • May 30, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I don't think he's a plant....

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    ...just a very successful troll. The AICN team just got punked.

  • May 30, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Why not just call it "The Kung Fu Kid?"

    by Teddy Artery

    It sounds just as goofy, and it would at least have been accurate. Keeping the title just exposes studio stupidity in the extreme.

  • May 30, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    The main character is who he is because of demographics

    by Teddy Artery

    That is no mystery. Take a close look into the main target auds for movies these days. The target auds have changed since I've been going to the movies, and they'll continue to shift along with population changes.

  • May 30, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    No one remembers the original bad guys?!

    by elsachmo

    First of all, if the guy from the review and the guy in the TB are the same, it definitely seems like he's some type of plant for the film's promotion, but that doesn't mean the film is not going to be good. It looks alright from the trailers and there has been some good press. But when he says that people don't even remember the bad guys from the original, I shake my head. I still hear quotes all the time from those guys around campus, have heard multiple songs over the years feature lines from those guys, and even saw a Rotten Tomatoes "Top Bad Guys" (or something along those lines) that had Johnny and the Cobra Kai listed. Basically, those guys ruled. Fear does not exist in this dojo! And oh yeah, mercy is for the weak...

  • May 30, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    SWEEP THE LEG!

    by 100Proof

    Original Kid is 80s cheese gold. This movie will be forgettable crap.

  • May 30, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Oh...

    by 100Proof

    ... and GP's TB hard sell is awesome.

  • May 30, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Hilary Swank as the End Boss!!!

    by Wookie_Weed

    C'mon, you know you want to see her smash little Smith ...

  • May 31, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

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  • May 31, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    wtf???

    by Arch Nemesis

    another spam post?? Here??? Haha!!!

  • May 31, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    @shoestrade19 GTFO!!!!

    by samuraiyao

    you are spamming on the wrong forum... Do that shit at a flea market where there is humidity and brown people!!!!

  • May 31, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Plant: The Proof.....

    by TheManWhoCan

    "As much as I was supposed to care about Daniel in the original, I had a hard time sympathizing with his plight. Being moved halfway around the world clarified the emotional content of this movie."<p> get the fuck outa here!!!! whats the point of this site anymore, all the editors and contributors have been compromised a long time ago (remember the wolverene review embargo). What did the nice studio people give you this time Merrick?

  • May 31, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Will Smith Gives $$$ to Scientology

    by aicnmscott

    Which means I'm not seeing this.

  • May 31, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    How is this article still up

    by OptimusCrime

    Have the people not spoken?

  • May 31, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    What's puzzling to me:

    by Orbots Commander

    Why is an obvious studio plant even bothering to flog the new Karate Kid flick here? Clearly, the AICN crowd is not the target audience for the flick; this is one for the tykes and the junior high set, not movie nerds in their late teens, twenties and thirties. <p> Mr. Plant, I suggest you go and try this at a Nickelodeon site/fourm or something. They'd be more receptive.

  • June 1, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    You're the BEST! AROOUUND!

    by turketron_2

    NOTHIN'S GONNA EVER KEEP YOU DOWN!