Review

Harry on 2010's take on 1984's KARATE KID and A-TEAM...

Published at: June 11, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST by headgeek

Neither THE KARATE KID remake nor the theatrical debut of THE A-TEAM particularly suck - but they are devoid of any real impact for me. The better of the two films is THE KARATE KID - it runs at around two and a half hours, replaces the mid-twenties Ralph Macchio with an 11 year old Jaden Smith who was playing 12. That alone makes the film interesting, just cuz... well, ya know. The "Kid" is a kid. Now that kid doesn't learn Karate - he does spend one scene in front of a television trying to copy the moves of a Karate lesson on TV. But he doesn't know karate, and his mother is played to be clueless enough to not know the difference between Karate and Kung Fu... which kinda makes one wonder what she does, that the car company that she worked for - well, that they transferred her and her son to China to continue working for them. The answer never comes. And I'm fine with that, the story is about Dre Parker, this Detroit kid with a chip on his shoulder. He's at that age where he doesn't want affection from his mother, he doesn't want to be babied, but he certainly can't really take care of himself - and in addition, he's now in Beijing - unable to read or speak the native language. He develops a puppy love for Meiying, which of course is gonna piss some kid off - and you can bet that kid can kick the shit out of Dre, who tends to flail like a typical American punk with no real plan of attack. He gets his legs sweeped, he gets intensely kicked in the chest and takes a few blows to the head - all of which hurt. There's no Mr Miyagi, this time it is Mr. Han - as played by Jackie Chan. As a result - I believe the basic concept of the story this time out. I never believed Ralph could beat up a paraplegic, much less the awesome might that was embodied in the Boy-God Willaim Zabka. Here - all Jaden has to do is get super-training by Jackie Chan - and without a doubt, I believe he could whip 75% of the folks on planet Earth. Why? Because Jackie Chan is magic and I believe any child trained by Jackie Chan could defeat any child trained by anyone else. So what's my problem with the movie? First - there's the title, THE KARATE KID, which btw - for the international release is THE KUNG FU KID, but apparently that was too radical a concept for the American masses to apparently understand. This is, of course, retarded. Of course this movie should be called THE KUNG FU KID - and while critics would still draw comparisons back and forth between THE KARATE KID and THE KUNG FU KID - one of the complaints would be gone... because... ya know, for a KARATE KID movie, this fucking kid knows jack & shit about KARATE. Kung Fu? By the end of the film, he's got that shit down pat. The problem with the film is simply... though the fighting and training is more believable, for me - there's not a single iconic moment in the film. You will not have kids imitating any real Kung Fu in this - because it is still a bit abstract. Also... for a film being marketed to the WHOLE FAMILY - you should know if you have little ones - that there's a lot of subtitles (it does take place in China) - and the kids at my screening and their parents were talking pretty much through everything - with the only section that truly held the kids' attention being the Tournament at the end of the film. Jackie and Jaden are pretty great together - but it isn't nearly as cool as Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio. For one, Jackie - while being a master, doesn't project that. That's just simply not one of the things that Jackie projects. Two, the writing and direction are never as sharp as in the original. The training, not as quotable or enjoyable. The romance, feels awkward instead of feeling right in the original. But the setting in Beijing is vastly superior. The film is enjoyable, but ultimately the constant repetition of scenes and locations just stretch the running time, but it doesn't feel long, not on first viewing, but I bet on second viewing, you'll begin to grow weary of the 3 separate visits to the bad guys' training area. Or the 30 minutes of putting on the jacket. It is a decent bit of entertainment, just not great - and that's basically because of the original film. Had they simply took the premise and completely made it their own. Dumped the cute nods to the original - and the slavish devotion to the structure - so that you are constantly aware of what's next... and had they MADE: THE KUNG FU KID - I bet it would be amazing. Sadly, there is too much of KARATE KID in THE KUNG FU KID - never allowing the film to really be its own thing, though it painfully wants to be. Jaden and Jackie make a helluva team - and there are some good emotional moments, I just never could love it all. Which is a shame, because the 2Js are worth loving in it. THEN THERE IS: THE A-TEAM by Joe Carnahan. The film is essentially a feature length adaptation of the opening credits of THE A-TEAM. Why was B.A. afraid of flying? You'll find out. How did the team come together? Well, frankly, it's a pretty half-assed story. What did they do to become hunted by the military? Their duty. Who is the bad guy? Actually a character that was really protecting the best interests of the United States, while The A-Team caused millions upon millions of dollars in property damage - to basically fight the U.S.A. It is an odd story. Doesn't make the characters particularly heroic. They're only out for themselves in this, as opposed to the way they were in the show, when they were helping those that couldn't help themselves. As a result, I don't have a lot of sympathy for these very dangerous children. Also... the story just wasn't that compelling. It kept making me think about why Harrison Ford's FUGITIVE was so much better. One, the original FUGITIVE was a great show. A-TEAM was a better Lunch Pail. The actors are uniformly fun - the most forgettable was Liam Neeson - who seemed boxed in by his character. Bradley Cooper could have been much better, had he had a real romantic involvement instead of the very badly written character that Jessica Biel plays. Sharlto Copley is the most interesting. He's, of course, playing Murdock - and he plays him with more pure manic insanity than Murdock ever really had in the show. But that's just cuz Sharlto rules. Then there's Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson as B.A. Baracus - the most iconic character from the original show - and Quinton did a fantastic job. There's a higher degree of nuance with his character than Mr T ever had to play with on the show. The action is absurd - and rather than the kind of action that has you going, "OH SHIT, OH SHIT, OH SHIT," and grabbing the theater armrest with white knuckles - it's that sill shit that makes you smirk or dismiss it as all being CG bunk. Here it is like they crossed MISSION IMPOSSIBLE with A-TEAM... and it has many of the same kinds of problems that have plagued the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film series. The characters are TYPES, instead of human beings. They're cartoons, rather than characters. There's not an honest MOMENT in the whole thing... But there's fun to be had. The action is over edited and frankly unbelievable. The best work in the film belongs to Patrick Wilson's CIA agent LYNCH. I was more interested in him, than any other character in the film. The realization that came to me while I was watching this was something that Drew once wrote on AICN. Fans sometimes think they want to see a big movie version of something they loved... but when presented with it, it just bored me. This is the least ALIVE film from Joe Carnahan, who is so much better than the material he has here - or the 80 cuts a minute editing that much of this film suffers from. This never seemed to have an ambition to be anything particularly larger than the TV SHOW. Sure, the effects are crazy by Digital Domain - but they just didn't communicate threat, fear, exhilaration, danger, etc. I actually came home and put in one of the original shows and found more pure enjoyment from one of those than from this very expensive upsizing. It is bigger, but it is still just McDonald's. Trash entertainment at best. Very disposable. This summer continues to disappoint. I kept thinking while watching A-TEAM... I'd prefer to see Michael Mann's take on this, but I wouldn't want to see him waste his time on it. Ya know? This is as good of an A-TEAM film as you could hope for, it just isn't what I'd like to see Carnahan doing. (KILLING PABLO) There was no raping of childhoods here. Instead, they're moderately entertaining retreads of the least bits of my childhood. And that's just sad all around.

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  • June 11, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    A-Team is probably better...

    by Kontarsky

    Sounds like the better choice to me according to review as well

  • June 11, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Also

    by Kontarsky

    How much did the makers of Karate Kid remake pay this site? Jeezus Cripes.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    These cant be good!

    by Sedani

    God I hope not. But Ill watch anyways

  • June 11, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4 HAS GEOFFREY RUSH

    by Kontarsky

    But you won't see that news at...Ain't it unreported news.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Kontarsky

    by HEADGEEK

    Saw that. Just didn't make me thrilled enough to write about it.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    ""There was no raping of childhoods here.""

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Damn !

  • June 11, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Roger Ebert loved Karate Kid

    by RPLocke

  • June 11, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Fools

    by markjamesmurphy

    The good news: Fools were pitied. The bad news? The fools were you.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    This is shocking!

    by juice willis

    Totally.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Jacket on Jacket off

    by detonator

    Nope. Not an improvement over wax on wax off.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I ain't gettin' in no cinema

    by seppukudkurosawa

    At least until a half-way enticing looking film is put out this Summer.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Why does no one believe the KK reviews?

    by theBigE

    Holding 67% positive on rotten tomatoes - sounds about right in line with what AICN is telling us. Too many cynics in these talkbacks.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Is it better or worse than The Losers?

    by Walterego

    Or the GI JOE movie? Should I save my cash for The Expendables? The reviews give me the idea that I might like this kinda but maybe not a lot. I can't tell. Harry contrasts it with the MI films, but I really liked the first MI film and MI 3 was pretty okay. I really would like to see this because the cast is great and I have a lot of affection for these characters, but if the movie sucks then there's no point. What other Wild Geese military-team movie films would you contrast this with Harry?

  • June 11, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Rush returning to POTC doesn't "thrill" you?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    What the fuck is wrong with you? That's better news than the lame crap getting reported on this site. Geoffrey Rush's Barbossa squaring up to Sparrow for the fountain of youth! That's pretty cool news. Fuck lame ass A Team and Karate Kid.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Walterego

    by HEADGEEK

    Personally, I think both A-TEAM and THE LOSERS are both "OK" at best.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Harry: Proofread!

    by KingNineReturns

    Then edit, then repost, and then I'll consider taking your opinion fucking seriously.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    KARATE KID

    by HEADGEEK

    is a film that wants to be more than being a remake could allow it to be.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Jayden Smith

    by JaimeFoxx

    I'm interested to see his acting more so when he's older. What child actors do we really have that are exceptional anymore? Certainly nothing like Natalie Portman in Leon.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith is no better than Paris Hilton

    by BeatCop

    Spoiled rich kid demanding to be in movies. The hard part about criticizing movies like this is that there was real effort given by talented creative crew members, make up people, assistants, and unsung heroes. Unfortunately, privileged rich kids like Jaden demand all the credit, have zero humility and are ignorant to the core. Acting AND genuine stars are central and important to movies. You can't just hire whoever has the most money.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I think the reason for the international title

    by GhostDad

    is because the no.1 way to insult a Chinese person is to call them Japanese, and calling Kung Fu Karate pretty much does that. Hell, the constant theme in HK Kung Fu movies is "Karate sucks"

  • June 11, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Damn BeatCop

    by JaimeFoxx

    Did he take your kid's lunch money or something? Jk Jk. <br> <br> I don't know really know anything about the kid personally, so I really can't comment on that. <br> <br> I think Will Smith is able to be good when he wants to be (Pursuit, Ali) so that's about the only thing that interests me about his kid I suppose. <br> <br> I have to agree with you on all other counts, however. Thankfully the unsung heroes are still getting some of the money if not the fame.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    We should avoid these movies on general principal

    by MANNZILLA

    because the longer we support remakes and cgi laced dogshit at the cinemas, the longer were going to get it...

  • June 11, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    also, Ralph beating up Zabpka

    by GhostDad

    I don't think the point was that Daniel could beat up anyone. He never outright won a fight, he would always get his ass beat until his opponent made a mistake, same as Rocky. The point wasn't that Mr. Miyagi taught him how to be a bad ass, Mr. Miyagi taught him about life and how you never quit and keep fighting, even if you lose.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    I saw A-Team last night at midnight

    by LOST_FAN

    And I thought it was fun. It was just a bunch of great crazy characters doing a bunch of crazy stuff. I thought it was a great remake of the series. I heard some of the original actors were making cameos, but I never saw any of them. The movie starts off moving fast and never stops until its over. I Highly recommend to anyone that wants to see a fun popcorn movie.

  • June 11, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Like I said Jaden Smith is no better than Paris Hilton

    by BeatCop

    His acting career and stardom is bought and paid for. Writers and directors come suck his dick.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Original a-team character cameos

    by Kraken

    Are end credits. Clearly cutting room floor bits, but cool they included them that way.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    so fucking stupid they used 'Karate' in this title

    by Gungan Slayer

    are they that incompetent that they can't successfully market a film called "The Kung Fu Kid?"

  • June 11, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Great reviews Harry.

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    They were a perfect mix of subjective "gut" feeling and objective break-down technical aspects of the film. (location, script, acting, etc.) <p> I think another thing that leaves a bad taste in my mouth about the KK remake is how Jaden is portrayed like a very experienced kung fu artist after some training with Jackie Chan in the promos (and from what I've seen from reviews--the film). Sure, I'm sure it's beautiful, but it seems like it would throw you out of the moment. <p> I like how Ralph Macchio, even at the end, isn't an end-all karate expert, but somebody who's done the best he could do with what he was taught in a limited time. He seems a little clunky, but that seems reasonable for the time-frame of training established in the film. <p> It's sort of the same reason people like me prefer the light-saber battles in the original trilogy more than the prequels. They don't feel as choreographed, and they give you a feeling of true limitation (and sometimes frailty) of the characters. <p> Sorry, Guess I'm on a rant. But it seems to be an aspect of this film nobody seems to be really addressing.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I thought The A-Team was fun as hell

    by Tarijeno

    I went in knowing that it was averaging a 50% on RT, and had low expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised. Neeson's American accent still sounds horrible, and the third act was one big WTF, but it was still satisfying. Sharlto's phone had better be ringing off the hook with job offers.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Nobody can defeat The Zabka

    by seasider

    But I think when people use Daniel-San's wimpiness as a point of criticism for the original, they miss the point of the character. One of major things that made the original work was it was a movie that it approached the martial arts as more than just a method of fighting. There was the spiritual aspect to it that it was also about how a person lives their life and looks at their world around them. Daniel is able to overcome his enemies because he has that balance in his mind and body that the Cobra Kai guys did not have. When their weaknesses were exposed they had nothing to fall back on. That's his real victory, finding balance and peace in his life. Kicking the other guy's butt is icing on the cake.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    "Karate" Kid has two strikes against it

    by Tarijeno

    Two things are keeping me from seeing it: 1. The producers think we're idiots, and don't know the difference between Karate and Kung Fu. 2. The main kid only got the job because Bush, errrr Smith Sr. got it for him. It's the same reason why Colin Hanks kinda sucks.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Does Kung Fu Kid have a scene where the kid...

    by Kirbymanly

    ...tosses his bike into a dumpster and yells, "Stupid BIKE!"? If so, I'm there.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Zabka is a bad ass!

    by Faggoteer

  • June 11, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Hollywood doesn't give a shit what we think

    by CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

    It will continue to produce this shit whether we go see it or not. Sounds like this is a good summer to go outside, get some sun, maybe swim. Recall Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain: "This is maya. Real life awaits us."

  • June 11, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    the year continues to suck Harry

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    not just the summer, focusing on mainstream movies, its been a terrible year for movies so far.<br />Lots of contenders for the Razzies so far,not so much for the more famous awards<br />Not that 2009 was brilliant either<br />Top 3 for me this year so far would be:<br />Kick Ass<br />Shutter Island<br />Green Zone<br />Clash, and Alice both disappointments for me, and IM2 incredibly average<br />Kick Ass for me is a 4 out of 5 movie, and the only one I would give that score to. the other two in my top 3 aren't standouts just better than the other shit I have seen<br />Hope Inception and Toy Story 3 and others can turn that around

  • June 11, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Daniel being able to beat up Johnny wasn't the point.

    by Zarles

    The point was that he stood up to him on his turf and 'won' the tournament. If you remember, Daniel got the shit kicked out of him at the tournament, nearly to the point of not being able to finish. It's not like he went in there and beat everyone's ass without getting a finger laid on him.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Harry's in a pissy mood huh?

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Dismissing the casting of Rush in Pirates (fuck it, it should still be reported - it's a geek(ish) sequel/relaunch, and Rush was along with Depp the best thing in the trilogy, but Harry can't seem to be bothered).... and The A-Team shrug-off seemed somehow inevitable. Dismissing it for having O.T.T. CGI? C'mon man, you're the guy who loved the cartoon abortion Van Helsing. I'm surprised - you usually go "bugnuts" or whatever for all this silly shit. And please - wanting to see Michael Mann tackle The A-Team? Way to miss the point. <p> <p> I think it looks like a blast, the other reviewers here seem to think so too, as well as all the talkbackers. I kinda trust them more. Makes me wonder is this dismissive attitude IS a result of the "no set visits/no gifts" gambit trotted out time and again. <p> <p> That said, very pleasantly surprised to see a decently coherent and understandable pair of reviews. I really was expecting three paragraphs of Harry's cherished '80s A-Team memories!

  • June 11, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    A-Team was fuckin' fun man, You do remember fun, right?

    by SoylentMean

    After a shittastic week at work The A-Team was a pretty damn great way to sit back and lose myself for two hours. I'm trying to figure out if the folks that seem to find so much fault with it were ever that into the show in the first place. <P> Me, when I was four, I fuckin' wanted to be B.A. Baracus. Nevermind my pasty pale Caucasian complexion. I lived and breathed The A-Team. I had the van (complete with B.A. action figure). The show was most likely my first live action tv show addiction. <P> I groaned and moaned with the rest of the collective masses when this movie was announced. Sacred ground being trod upon by the uncaring, soul sucking Hollywood execs, trying to make a quick buck. <P> Joe Carnahan fuckin' gets the A-Team. The bitching about Jessica Biel is kinda moot if you ever saw a single episode of the show. The chicks never brought anything to overall story. That wasn't why they were there.<P> Sharlto Copely steals every scene he's in, but I found no fault with the rest of the cast either. <P> Looking back at The A-Team I realize it was a show made for fun. Formulaic to a T. It was straight up mashed potatoes and gravy, a good old heaping of comfort tv that always hit the spot. <P> I find it hard to believe that anybody looking for a fun movie in theaters right now would prefer Prince of Persia or Get Him to the Greek over The A-Team. <P> I really do hope the movie does well because I want to see more. <P> Haters can ride a fist bronco...

  • June 11, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I will see The A-Team multiple times in the theater...

    by SoylentMean

    and I'll buy the movie when it hits DVD/Blu. Hardcore like that. Hell, I might go see it again tomorrow.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Ya know...

    by leisuredrummer

    Usually I'm not a fan of your reviews Harry but this actually isn't bad. I may just like your reviews more when you don't "love " the film your reviewing.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    In the Karate Kid sequel will Dre mentor a white kid

    by SoylentMean

    from Detroit? Because that will blow my fragile eggshell mind.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Honestly, is Geoffrey Rush being cast in Pirates 4 really NEWS?

    by Tarijeno

    He was in the other three and he doesn't have anything else lined up with a comparable paycheck. His involvement was just as guaranteed as Depp's.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Oh and fuck the World Cup...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    ... for meaning we don't get The A-Team in the U.K. til the end of July. There are SOME of us who couldn't give a fuck about a bunch of spoiled millionaires chasing a ball around in Africa. Fuck 'em. Bring on Hannibal and the guys. <p> <p> Didn't know that The Kung-Fu Kid was the title everywhere but America. Utterly ludicrous they're keeping it "Karate" over there.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Fair enough, Tarijeno,...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    ... but plenty else which is hardly news at all gets reported around here! (In all honesty I kinda thought Rush had been announced long ago.)

  • June 11, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Harry easily misses the point of the original KK!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    To say Jaden is more badass therefore more believeable than Ralph's Daniel-son is BULLSHIT!<P>If the script called for Daniel to start whooping Corba-Kais asses than that wouldn't be the point of the picture, not to mention realistic!<p>There was no way Daniel was going to be a karate expert in that short period of time and there is no way Jaden is going to kick anyone butt whether he trained by Jackie Chan or not! Now that unrealistic and I'm surprise you fell for that shit, Harry!<p>Your lukewarm review of The KK remake was laughable! You obviously didn't want to give it a bad review because of those studio visits so you half-heartedly tried to make it seem better than the original but than say it it isn't???<p>Lame, Harry! LAME!

  • June 11, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    So Harry, you expect the reach around from every movie?

    by SoylentMean

    There is no way in Hell that the "Karate Kid" remake is a better time at the movies than The A-Team. No fuckin' way. I learned a long time ago to not expect movies to equal the movie I want to see in my head. <P> If that happened there would be an overload of movies with jetpack equipped, snark slinging, Australian accented velociraptors, wielding laser chainsaws, whilst wearing parachute pants.<P> Check your expectations at the door. They may even validate your parking.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Poor Summer...

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Sly, Expendibles better own.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Disappointed and The A Team don't go together.

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    What no set visit? Movie is a blast. Saw this review by Harry coming a mile a way. You tried to hard to over analize The A Team. Capone and Massawyrm surprised me with their reviews. There is hope for this site. See the movie and have fun.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    It's a sad summer when Sex in the City 2

    by RPLocke

    is being talked about more than Iron Man 2.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Hate to say it, but I go to CHUD for news

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    And occasionally Collider. AICN has turned into either AILN (Ain't It Late News) or AIRN (Ain't It Retarded News). The ONLY reason I still visit this site is to chew the fat with fellow geeks in the talkbacks. The reviews aren't worth a shit here, and the amount a tongue-in-ass in disgusting. Btw Harry, Splice croaked at the BO, despite your best efforts to push it and please your buddy Del Toro.

  • June 11, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    also since when is it a bad summer?

    by GhostDad

    I thought this was the summer of cinematic masterpieces like Splice,Iron Man 2, Get Him to the Greek and the Nightmare on Elm St. Remake. Harry for a "terrible summer" you've given some of your most glowing reviews ever.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I just saw the new "Karate Kid" with my 13 year old niece.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Although I have mixed feelings on the film, and it could never possibly replace my love of the original (you just can't go home again), my niece had never seen the orignal and she was really absorbed by it. All the magic worked for her, while I knew how all the tricks were done. I enjoyed Chan's peformance here. As he has aged, he has become a much more subtle actor. He isn't swinging for the fences anymore with his delivery in evey scene now, but he accomplishes a great deal with very little obvious effort. His body language and small facial expressions convey more now than when he was younger. The formula mostly still works, and ultimately instead of the sad disappointment I usually face when confroting a re-make of a treasured chestnut, this time I was able to see this the way I watch a new version of "Dracula" or any other story told time and time again through the decades. The runtime was at least 20 minutes too long (every scene was stretched to maximum length) and could have taken some philosopy from Jackie Chan's compact delivery in the editing room, but the end result was better than I had anticipated and actually delivered some truely inspiring cinematography in China in the mountains. Overall, I think this is a quite servicable version of the "Karate Kid" for a new generation.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    So HeadGeek, how much did AICN get paid?

    by Wookie_Weed

    Seriously, how much? I'm sure TKK is an ok film, but positive publicity throughout pre-release, a fanboy interview by Mr Beaks with stock questions & answers, and now gushing reviews from Capone and Massawyrm at the same time. You can not tell us you guys have not been receiving kickbacks. Which is why I will never, ever trust an AICN film review again. Your integrity has jumped the shark. Turned the donkey wheel. Been stuffed in a nuke-proof icebox. Whatever.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Harry can't be bothered to write much anymore actually

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

    So you write 2 half assed reviews and put them under one headline as opposed to their own column. And you can't be bothered to take 3 minutes..say "there's another familiar face in the POTC 4"..the end..my guess..you couldn't think of some pussy juice inuedo to it.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid is for kids, an adult may like it, but

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

    seriously, why even review it. noone cares.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    A-Team looks like un-fun crap

    by kevred

    Because I don't get my jollies from a bunch of bullshit implausible CG. Watching the trailers and clips is less fun than watching a blank screen. Really. I understand fun. This ain't it. But if this kind of empty pablum spells fun to you, have at it.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    HARRY

    by BunnyMcNibbnles

    You, sir, have demonstrated that you are an absolute RETARD. "I never believed Ralph could beat up Zabka." Did you miss the ENTIRE POINT of the movie? I can't believe I have to tell you this. The point of the first film is that Zabka's character COULD kick the shit out of Macchio BECAUSE HE WAS A BULLY and TRAINED BY A CRAZY GUY WITH A DOJO. Macchio's character was innocent and sweet and DIDN'T HAVE THAT INGRAINED INTO HIM BY HIS CRAZY, MADMAN TRAINER. Yet, Macchio STILL WON the TOURNAMENT at the end because he wasn't trying to just use brute force. He used his mind and what he knew he could do..... the film wasn't about kids kicking the shit out of each other, it was about finding confidence in yourself to do what you know you can do. You're a moron, really.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    ANOTHER WORTHLESS HARRY REVIEW

    by THE TRUE PINBACK

    What is it with you Knowles? I just got home from watching THE A-TEAM, and it was a whole lot of fucking FUN!!! I'm beginning to think that you wouldn't know what a good movie was if it ran up and bit you on the ass. When you went into this film, just what did you expect...some kind of mind-blowing one-of-a-kind epic? This movie exceeded my expectations in all departments. Oh, and I thought Liam Neeson was terrific in it. In fact, the entire cast-with the minor exception of Jessica Biel-was cool. I hope they make another one in the next couple of years.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Man, that Lovely Bones was really fun.

    by RPLocke

    It sucked.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Well

    by yubnubrocks

    Sounds about what you'd expect froom these movies. Seriously, you expected some Oscar-winning screenplay/direction/performance, from The A-Team and/or The Kung Fu Kid? Come on. Popcorn movies. Just for fun. Like Clash of the Titans. Which was a damn fun popcorn movie that Harry. didn't. like.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    The Chinese bullies

    by Those_arent_pillows

    better get used to it. Wave of the future.

  • June 11, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Stay until after the end credits on A-Team

    by BoyNamedSue

    You'll see :)

  • June 11, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Did Harry's dog die or something?

    by dailysportspages

    He sounds depressed.

  • June 11, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Will Smith and Jackie Chan raped my childhood

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    Will Smith was the mastermind and Jackie Chan agreed to be in this abomination.

  • June 11, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    original KK, whatever...

    by awardgiver

    that crane kick at the end, without any block from the bully, was slow and unbelievable. I never understood what was so good about that, or the original A-Team. Lots of dust and dirt got massive bullet wounds in the latter, that's about it.

  • June 11, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    "The action is... frankly unbelievable."

    by cinemixtape.com

    Did you really just type that?

  • June 12, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    The A-Team was lots of fun! Massawyrm's review is spot on! Read

    by GobBluth06

    The A-Team was soo much fun to watch! I hope they get to do a sequel. Its one of those rare re-tellings that actually works and is entertaining! I think Harry would have liked it had AICN been give some sort of special screening. It's gotten to the point where Harry is one of the least credible reviewers on this site when it comes to who I trust about a seeing a film.

  • June 12, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Harry's problem

    by mongo126

    "Instead, they're moderately entertaining retreads of the least bits of my childhood" WTF? How do you not love the A-Team? I really can't listen to a review from a guy who didn't love the source material.

  • June 12, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Yaay Gene

    by Those_arent_pillows

  • June 12, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    July can't get here soon enough...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    Between all the indie releases in NYC and LA that finally trickle down to secondary markets and the 1-2 punch of Predators and Inception, I am looking forward to next month and thanking the cinematic gods for the Paramount Summer Series for the rest of June.

  • June 12, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    you guys are strange

    by therealrockinrolla

    you bitch when he gives a postive review and say hes in the pocket of movie companes but when hes negative you act like hes in a bad mood. what the fuck is wrong with you guys? oh yeah...you assholes. i forgot. nevermind.

  • June 12, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Harry, you're so full of shit.

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    Just watched A-Team and thought it was pretty damn good. A whole hell of a lot fucking better than GI Joe. Which if I remember correctly you loved. What a steaming pile of shit that flick was. A-Team was good summer fun with a decent plot. I've learned over the years that whatever love of the month review you post is the movie of the month to avoid. So if you're hating on A-Team it's probably the movie folks should be seeing.

  • June 12, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    The "Kid" in The Karate Kid isn't

    by Dingbatty

    primarily indicative of his age (or that the title of the original was inaccurate). It's an epithet like "The Two-Gun Kid," "The Sundance Kid."

  • June 12, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    All he needed to learn was Gun Fu.

    by Dingbatty

  • June 12, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Ticket Sales from Friday...

    by cshauser6792

    The amount of vitriol being spewed by fanboys at AICN forums is getting ridiculous. The movie is clearly turning into BOTH a critical and commercial success. Rotten Tomatoes Aggregate = 67% RT Cream of the Crop = 66% $18 million Friday Opening $50 million Projected Weekend Gross Cinemascore = A At what point will you people admit you're wrong? http://www.deadline.com/hollywood

  • June 12, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    FanGIRL, thank you very much, and I'll

    by Dingbatty

    spew whatever th' fuck I want. Fuck wHollyweird returns.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    The Boy-God Willaim Zabka

    by Star Hump

    Fuck that made me laugh, especially visualizing Zabka's pinched face and golden hair helmet. Harry has his moments.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST

    I'll still see these two with pleasure

    by Denty420

    and enjoy the hell out of them. I don't put much stock in Harry's reviews any more - not since Twilight anyway.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Apparently, in the version Harry saw,

    by Dingbatty

    Daniel-san wasn't bleeding and limping at the very end.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I think Harry is still stinging from the bombs known as

    by RPLocke

    Kick Ass and MacGruber.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Not to jump on the Harry Hate Bandwagon...

    by VinnyMac666

    BUT... I do feel that we constantly get reviews that only go as far as to contrast and compare against some preconceived notion or imagined film. I feel like I have to read between the lines to get to a real analysis of the film itself. I don't feel like I can trust his reviews at all, because I don't know if Liam Neeson really was flat or he wasn't George Peppard. I can't run off every Friday and see everything that comes out. I used to be able to rely on Harry to help me pick and choose what to go to and what to wait for on DVD. Now I feels he's grown so out of touch with what it is (I believe) most of the readers like or agree with that these reviews have become obsolete. I'm not discrediting his status as an uber film geek, nor do I think that talking with Harry about these flicks wouldn't be a blast (and / or create fun arguments) but I'm not sure the reviews hold value anymore. (Speaking of course, for myself) Sorry, man. Still much love for AICN.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    THIS MIGHT BE THE BEST HARRY REVIEW I'VE READ

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Wow. I tend to dismiss most Harry reviews because they're, frankly, filled with the kind of crap you can expect from an overexcited fanboy. This is one of the few reviews from Harry which<p>(A) Didn't force me to go back and re-read half-completed sentences that didn't make sense<p>(B) Didn't read like Harry had been paid by the studio to write gushing crap.<p>I feel your disappointment, Harry, and pretty much suspected what you've written about both movies. Interesting that you disagree so strongly with your staff.<p>Good review.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST

    If Harry really ever watched the A-Team

    by GhostDad

    he would never wanna see a Michael Mann version. As someone who's all time favorite show is The A-Team, I couldn't have been happier with the movie. My big fear was them trying to over-complicate the characters, try to add too much serious depth and basically go away from what made the show great. There was nothing in the movie that made me think "The A-Team wouldn't do this," and for once we had an adaptation of something where the director understood what made the original work.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    I was expecting Harry to love both of these...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Interesting.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:14 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach

    by GhostDad

    Rampage Jackson didn't spend the day with him, so no glowing, hyperbole filled review.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Harry and company will NEVER be satisfied...

    by moto

    Harry, you stink of nostalgia. If this new Karate Kid did what you hoped for above, as far as skip the nods to the original and what not, everyone would be bitching about the film not having anything to do with the original Karate Kid and that it would have been cool to see SOME homages. <P> This new Karate Kid was very well acted, very well written, and the martial arts scenes were stellar (and ten times better than your treasured Kill Bill shit). I would say that yes, the film could have used a trim of about 25 minutes, but even so, it managed to balance being a remake and a reboot successfully. <p> My question is... what more do you people want? Great acting? Check. Jackie Chan in a more dramatic role (his best American film to date)? Check. Authentic portrayal of martial arts? Check. Exciting finale? Check. Audience cheering at the end? Check. But the best thing you've got to bitch about is the title. If they would have initially called it The Kung Fu Kid, you'd all be pissing and moaning, saying that it was a rip off of The Karate Kid or some dumbass complaint like that. Then after watching the nods to the original, you'd be pissing and moaning screaming, "Why didn't they just call it the Karate Kid?" You'd explain yourself away by saying, "Hey, he was practicing karate, so there... he's the karate kid." <p> No problem with someone not responding to a movie. The problem with Harry and his mad creation of fanboys is that they're inconsistent. They make these declarations for one movie, and then when they talk about another they contradict themselves OVER AND OVER AND OVER. It's so tiring. This is why AICN isn't relevant anymore. Studios are turning their backs to AICN. They no longer care. Because they went to the site and see that Macgruber, Kickass, Snakes on a Plane, and even the awful Grindhouse seem to be tracking so well with the fanboys... they got their hopes up... and as always, the movies bomb. <P> Sigh...

  • June 12, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    moto

    by GhostDad

    They named the movie The Karate Kid because they wanted to cash in on Nostalgia. They wanted the familiar name, because Hollywood is so terrified of anything new that they need to slap an established name on everything. So if the goal of the movie was to get people to see it due to their nostalgia and love of the first movie, then why SHOULDN'T we then refuse to see it based on that nostalgia?

  • June 12, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Americans ARE dumb you fat hack!

    by Tandemar

    the title is there purely and simply because the major target audience are dumb as stumps. The Madness of King George III was changed for the same audience because it was felt they would think there had been two previous movies. YOU.NEED.THINGS.SPELLED.OUT.FOR.YOU

  • June 12, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • June 12, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    BEATCOP NEEDS TO TAKE HIS MEDS AND RELAX

    by Canidate_Micheal

  • June 12, 2010, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Ebert almost gave the Karate Kid remake, 4 stars?

    by Orionsangels

  • June 12, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    So Harry, what film are you really amped for??..

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

    Inception will probably be the one for this year. I can't see anything else standing in its way...

  • June 12, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Roger Ebert is dead

    by GhostDad

    wrong in giving Karate Kid such a high score

  • June 12, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Strange Karate Kid Hate

    by Toonol

    I really don't understand where the over-the-top hatred of the KK remake is coming from. The original was good but not great; this remake looks to be good but not great. But it's getting a TON of impotent rage from people that haven't seen it.<p> It's as crazy as the Star Trek hate.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Not only Inception, but Toy Story as well!!

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

    I know Toy Story 3 will probably be one the best films this year

  • June 12, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    The world used to be smaller...

    by Orionsangels

    So a film like the KK could hold an audience and be embraced by everyone. In my day. The talk around school or the Water cooler basically boiled down to, did you see the Fonz jump those barrels last night? We weren't tweeting every 10 minutes. It was a different time. Now we live in the fast paced short attention span digital age. Where very few things impress anyone. So of course these remakes will never be better than the originals.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    can I just ask a small favour..

    by emeraldboy

    Ainc please stop with the roger ebert is dead headlines. thanks.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Emeraldboy is dead

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    wrong about being able to stop people using Roger Ebert Is Dead headlines.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Fuck the Karate Kid remake

    by CrusherBuddyRevell

    I don't need to see some spoiled punk ass kid be in a remake that should never have been made.

  • There... doesn't seem to be any rhyme... or reason to... them.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    You'd PREFER "raping of childhoods"?

    by UltimaRex

    I mean, that's what it sounded like...

  • June 12, 2010, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Isn't it true

    by alan_poon

    That there was only ever one person killed in the entire run of The A-Team? I remember somebody being shot as he was getting onto a helicopter and dying in his daughter's arms.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST

    KICK. ASS. DID. NOT. BOMB.

    by UltimaRex

    They wanted $100 million. They got $94 million. How is that a bomb? And why do you keep bashing genre movies on a genre movie site WHILE CLAIMING TO BE A GENRE MOVIE FAN?!?

  • Who could've forseen this then? I'm now waiting for the inevitable bad review for THE LOSERS and the final triumphant review for EXPENDABLES from Harry. This is why this site is no longer considered cool due to the blatent bias by Harry towards directors, actors, producers who are willing to kiss up to him and make him feel like an important part of the Entertainment Business. It's only reviews from other contributors like Capone that are keeping this site from completely dying.

  • June 12, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    I agree UltimaRex

    by masteryoda007

    Kick-Ass still has to be released in Japan and some other countries. Then I can envision large DVD sales too.

  • June 12, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Are Americans stupid?

    by Lemure_v2

    Well, every other country knew what a "philosopher" was and didn't need it simplified to "sorceror". Maybe Americans won't go and see a film called The Kung Fu Kid because it sounds like a Chinese menu. Hey, what do I know...

  • June 12, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    think ill take a big pass on both of these.

    by mojoman69

    Hollywood needs a jump start. Remaking films and so-so TV shows aint the answer. I had hopes with District 9 last year, but they are being dashed.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    AICN 2040... Coming soon - BURN NOTICE 4D

    by workshed

    ...piped straight into your frontal lobes. WTF is this world coming to? A-TEAM? Are there no original thoughts? Two of the worst parts of the 80s. I heard last week that they're making 'The Boy George Story' (I'm not kidding)... do A-Team get a cameo? You know, to repay the favour? Can't wait for 'Landscape:The Movie'.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Worst Review Ever

    by A-COD

    Harry, Come on dude. First you admonisg the mother for not knowing the difference between Karate and Kung Fu. WTF? Nobody knows the difference, and nobody cares. Obviously not the studio that called the movie the Karate kid. Then you start blabbering about how "magical" Jackie Chan is, I had to run to the sink to puke. No idea what you thought about the A Team, Icouldn't make it any further. Seriously dude, your karate is weak.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Jack It Off! Jack It Off! Jack It Off!

    by smackfu

    Jack It Off! Jack It Off! Jack It Off!Jack It Off! Jack It Off! Jack It Off!Jack It Off! Jack It Off! Jack It Off!Jack It Off! Jack It Off! Jack It Off!Jack It Off! Jack It Off! Jack It Off!Jack It Off! Jack It Off! Jack It Off!

  • June 12, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    "who's all time favorite show is The A-Team"

    by smackfu

    Sweet Jesus. That is just...wrong.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    More like this please

    by The McPoyle Clan

    Actually, these are probably the most coherent reviews that Harry's posted in quite some time.<br><br>Instead of riffing off some childhood memory and using that as the standard, he actually discussed the strengths and weaknesses of each compared to their original works, and at large. One could debate the merits of those judgments, but at least they're based on the work, and not as much the biases of the reviewer. Much better than the "remember when" reviews where some ill-conceived phrase ends up as a joke in the talkbacks.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I agree it should be "

    by JeffWeimer

  • June 12, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid

    by Terrmaster

    Surprised the hell out of me, and I feel that Chan REALLY outdid himself with Mr. Han. I actually empathized with his character. Jaden was alright, I guess. Overall, I feel it was a really solid flick, despite some serious fat that could have been trimmed. Seeing A-Team tonight, looking forward to it.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I agree it should be the "Kung Fu Kid"

    by JeffWeimer

    It would still be a remake - but a more honest re-imagination. It wouldn't screw with my childhood, and it wouldn't insult the audience.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Shit Summer.

    by bobbyperusteeth

    Until Inception comes out.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Star Trek TNG reference in The A-Team

    by BoyNamedSue

    The name Reginald Barclay appears in the credits of the 3D movie that Murdock watches.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Why didn't they just set it in Japan?

    by OutsideChance

    If they wanted it to be Karate why not just set the film in Japan? Or the US for that matter?

  • June 12, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    BIG FUCKING SURPRISE

    by 2007

    HARRY KNOWLES HATES ANOTHER REMAKE...just stop

  • June 12, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Fuck remakes, fuck them hard

    by darthwaz1

  • June 12, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Ebert.

    by ThroughTheBrokenWindowWithDancinDelroyLindo

    I have always enjoyed Ebert's intelligence and opinion on movies; but over the years, it has become apparent that the presence of African-American characters or themes tend to lean him towards a positive response. Come up with nearly any tale regarding black adversity, triumph, or relationships - and Ebert gets more worked up than a Japanese man at a fish party.

  • June 12, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    It's hard to rape a shitty show

    by Powerring

    The Tv A-team was the action equivalent of hee-haw. Characters getting blown the fuck out of a willies jeep, and walk away unscathed...despite the explosion, rolling car and so on. A grenade that blows someone away, and just knocks them out (for a little while). WTF? Nonviolent violence? That's just idiotic, and so was the show.

  • June 12, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Throughthebrokenwindow...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Check out Ebert's wife, and you'll figure it out.

  • June 12, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    No cheque this week Harry?

    by mastes360

    Seriously i knew he wouldn't like these 2 films after all the grief he's been getting for his 'payed' reviews.

  • June 12, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Yeah that's just what I need is Michael Mann's A-Team

    by JackSlater4

    So I can watch baddly lit, grainy action shot on video every 45 minutes of the 2 hour and 50 minute runtime until I fall asleep in the theater.<P> No thanks.

  • June 12, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Sedani

    by JackSlater4

    Why would you hope a movie isn't good?

  • June 12, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    And I'll be buying the A-Team blu-ray

    by JackSlater4

    because the movie was tits. Sucks that I missed the scene after the credits though.

  • June 12, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    wtf karate kid is 2 1/2 hours long?

    by alice133

    so no candy?

  • June 12, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    "Karate" title

    by JohnnyLaBamba

    I thought the premise was going to be the kid already knew Karate when he came to China but got his ass kicked...hence the need to learn Kung Fu. The mean Chinese kids would call him "Karate Kid" as a mocking term, thus bringing new meaning to the title of the movie. The fact that he already knew a martial art would show how the series has upped the ante. I could have sworn someone said this was the reason they kept the title the same.

  • June 12, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Karate is Okinawan, not Japanese.

    by Dingbatty

    There's a cultural difference.

  • June 12, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I agree with Slater, Michael Mann's A-TEAM

    by Stifler's Mom

    would look like shit, run too long, and not have one single laugh. Don't understand why Harry sucks him off.

  • June 12, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Michael Mann's A-TEAM = HEAT

    by snakecharmer

    He already made the freaking movie.

  • June 12, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Seriously, STOP the bullshit!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    The remake kept the the original title, plot, and basic character and update it!<p>That is the reason it had to give credit to the original screenwriter!

  • June 12, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Geeks Hate KK Remake Sight Unseen

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Worship A-Team Remake.<br /><br />Guess which one will actually end up more successful at the Box Office in the long run?<br /><br />HINT: There are more Asians worldwide ready to see a Jackie Chan film set in China than there are aging white boys longing for an A Team remake. AND: Which one is more likely to draw actual family and teenage audiences who don't spend most of their time on the internet whining about a film's... title?

  • June 12, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Thanks for letting us know about the subtitles.

    by beastie

    My son cannot read very fast, yet and I had considered taking him. Now, I'll just wait for DVD.</P><p> I almost always disagree with your reviews, and I had read some other reviews be people I typically agree with, but you mentioned the one practical thing that will keep me away from the theater.

  • June 12, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Saying you want Mann's version of The A Team

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    is like saying you want David Lynch's version of Thundercats. Or something. Might of interest to you and your taste, but totally unrealistic, and would likely be a forgettable train wreck.

  • June 12, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Best of Summer

    by Sillypuddy

    Was it Action Packed? yep Did it have comedic moments? yep Is the plot simple? yep Is it ridiculous and makes fun of itself? yep Did the director succeed?? YES!!! Not the best made movie of the year by any means, but definately the best movie of the summe by far!!! The most fun at the movies in a long time!!!

  • June 12, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    There is not one natural, authentic moment in KK remake

    by Kal Reeve

    Every moment was forced, every moment bogus. It was terrible. TERRIBLE! <P> <P> The natural, believable friendship and father/son bond between Morita's Miyagi and Macchio's Daniel has been replaced by a forced, not-at-all touching Han/Dre. <p> <p> The Karate lessons and training sequences, which were spiritual, thoughtful, and believable in the original, were reduced to flashy montages that lacked a sense of martial arts understanding and growth. <p> <p> The villains who were so colorful and menacing in the original, are now bland, indistinct acrobats who fly over stone walls and perform other super-human feats. The villains are nothing more than pale,flimsy imitations of the original Cobra-Kai. In fact, everything in this film is nothing more than a pale, flimsy, soulless imitation of the vibrant and soulful original. <p> <p> The acting is atrocious. Jaden Smith cannot act. His delivery is forced and unnatural, thus making him annoying and terribly unlikable. He doesn't come close to touching the fiesty charm and warmth of Ralph Macchio. And while Jackie Chan tries his best, his perforance as Mr. Han is morose and uninspiring, and ultimately disappoint when stacked againt Pat Morita's wise and measured, yet warm and witty Mr. Miyagi. <P> <p> The dramatic moments feel contrived and hammered on. Unlike the original, small subtle moments never builds to strong, dramatic beats. There is no flow, no easy progression in the relationships and dramatic build-up. It's all a farcical imitation designed to somehow seem more epic and powerfu than the truly powerful original. <p> <p> And finally, this film is blatant Chinese and Smith family propaganda. This film was designed to depict China as a magical land of colorful flourish, serene, satisfied citizens, and an ancient allure steeped in the mysticism of Kung Fu. As Dre said, "This is China, everybody knows Kung Fu!" Yes, China is a magical, mystical place, forget the human rights violations and government oppression. But the China propaganda falls just shy of equalling the shameless Smith family propaganda. This film is nothing more than 2 hours and 20 minutes of Will and Jada Smith saying, "Look at our son, look at how precious and talented he is." But he's not precious and not talented. He's painfully irritating. The is definitely a case of an untalented, unqualified son of a celebrity receiving the lead role in an iconic film franchise as a result of the influence and production money put forth by his parents. There are parts in the film in which Jaden Smith struts around with the arrogant swagger of a character played by Will Smith and spouts of "clever" comments and observations with Will Smith's forced pithy, cool. It's bogus and unlikable, and not worthy of association with the Karate Kid. <p> <p> The sacred Karate Kid name has been stolen and attached to a fraudulent imitation, devoid of its soulful beauty and spirit. It is crooked, it is shameless, and it certainly is not the Karate Kid.

  • June 12, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I saw A-Team last night and it was awesome!

    by paburrows

  • June 12, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    WHAT WILL HOLLYWOOD REMAKE IN 2020?

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Seriously, the scum that run the studio's then wont have fuck all to remake because NO original properties are being created today. So, we are doomed to be refed the same shit that has been made over the lest 100 years for the NEXT 100 years. I weep for the future.

  • June 12, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    VoiceOfSaruman, DAVID LYNCH'S THUNDERCATS WOULD HAVE MY MONEY!!!

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • June 12, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    This remake seems more like a remake of Karate Kid 2

    by annie_michael_hall

    Karate Kid 2 was great but honestly, it lost a lot of what made the original chaming by taking it out of the US. I imagine that the remake suffers the same problems. The recreational martial arts craze was big in the 80's. And Americans using what was Miyagi's culture to kick an innocent outsider kid's ass was what really made the film come together. The idea of learning a culture instead of just a fighting style of the first film and then turning it back on those that had perverted it was something that drove the film. Also Miyagi had gone through WWII and lost his wife and son to relocation camps and knew what it meant to be bullied and not fight back. That seen when Daniel finds him drunk is a great one. He knew what it meant to be an outsider - like Daniel, which is why and how they could form a relationship as teacher and student. I don't see any of that in this remake.

  • June 12, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    "Jackie Chan is MAGIC!" -- Harry Knowles, AICN

    by joe90025

    That's the quote I wanna see on the DVD cover.

  • June 12, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    "WHERE'S MY FUCKING PWEASANTS, I DID WHAT YOU ASKED" - HARRY KNO

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • June 12, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    - HARRYKNOWLES, AICN

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • June 12, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    This movie was the FECES to me

    by JohnTheBaptist

    Harry, I almost always agree with you, and I guess technically you liked this movie I thought it was really good. No oscar contender, but if your looking for movies in the vein of the Bad Boy series and similkr ilk, this is it. I agree the intro to the movie and the introduction to the team could of been better, the rest of the movie played out great. The chemistry between Face, BA, and Murdock is classic, i enjoyed the Losers, and thought before viewing this movie Losers would be the A-team should of been, but no A-Team is the better movie, and G.I Joe shouldn't even be discussed in the same vicinity...

  • June 12, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    THE KARATE KID REMAKE IS SOO UNREALISTIC....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    If some mean looking little shit with cornrows got his ass kicked in Detroit, he'd steal the gun from under his Moms semen stained bed and start blasting motherfuckers.

  • June 12, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    What did you guys think of the music in "Karate Kid"?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Part of the fun in rewatching the original is all the generic pop music that gets stuck in your head. The tournament montage song, "You're the Best Around", is one of the greatest cheese anthems of all time. This time Dre's entrance to the tournament is covered by AC/DC's "Back in Black" because, well, this Karate Kid is black. Then the whole montage takes place to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground", which I really liked. I guess this music was part of my generation, unlike the Justin Beiber song that plays over the end credits, and it got me jazzed during the fight sequences. Apart from the music, WAS I THE ONLY ONE THAT THOUGHT WE'D SEE JACKIE CHAN KICK THE EVIL TEACHER'S ASS IN AN AFTER-THE-CREDITS SCENE? The director of the original film said he always felt that scene should have been included at the end of the first film so they made it the first scene in "Karate Kid 2". With a 2 and 1/2 hour runtime, you'd think they would have time to include it this time. If Jackie got to deliver a little hunility to that douchebag in an after-the-credits sequence, the audience would have gone bat shit!

  • June 12, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    KARATE KID, NOES, A-TEAM....HOW IS ANY OF THIS GOOD FOR CINEMA?

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    I hope California breaks off into the fucking ocean.

  • June 12, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Saw A-Team last night

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    how could anyone not love the shit out of that movie, i had a grin on my face the entire time and other then iron man2 (which i have already seen twice) A-team is the only movie this summer i'd love to see again before it leaves theatres. Great fun action movie with likable characters and alot of good humour that didn't feel out of place

  • ... the difference between karate an kung fu. Seriously Harry???? That's one of your main points in your "review"? My son is in TaeKwon Do. Half the moms there refer to it as Karate. Big deal.

  • June 12, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Yes.. typos...

    by moto

  • June 12, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    MAYBE WE'LL GET A GREATEST AMERICAN HERO REMAKE!!

    by RPLocke

  • June 12, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan & Kal Reeve

    by Amadeo Zeller

    Since you two are the Jaden's biggest fans, I thought you'd like to know, The KK remake is expected to trounce the A Team B.O.-wise by a whopping $55 Million to the A Team's (rather underwhelming) $25 Million. <p> Now why don't both of you tea baggers go drench yourselves in gasoline and strike a match...Y'all won't be a big lost to humanity.

  • June 12, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    So you liked GI Joe and VanHelsing

    by liljuniorbrown

    But A-Team was unrealistic and just kind of ok for you? You liked GI Joe Rise of the bullshit Cobra but not A Team? One more question, do you really wonder why most of the people in talkback's shit on your reviews and reccomendations and accuse you of being a sell out?

  • June 12, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    My Good Harry Knowles is Dead

    by nukeboy1970

    wrong about his A-team review. Ironic that a guy that enjoys movies that are just plain fun didn't like this one.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Armando Zeller,

    by Kal Reeve

    You're an easily bought douchebag with no clue to what makes a special meaningful film. Keep being being a mindless shill, and Will Smith might let you clean his kid's room someday.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    The best thing about the crooked remake...

    by Kal Reeve

    is that it is easily forgotten after seeing it.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    This "remake" is Smith family and China propaganda

    by Kal Reeve

    and nothing more. It has not one ounce of the natural charm and magic of the original.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve, *APPLAUSE*

    by GeorgieBoy

    You're comments were SPOT ON.<br><br> "The is definitely a case of an untalented, unqualified son of a celebrity receiving the lead role in an iconic film franchise as a result of the influence and production money put forth by his parents."<br><br> EXACTLY RIGHT!<br><br> I will not be seeing this abomination. Even for free.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Daniel-san was not mean to be a killer martial artist

    by Kal Reeve

    He was a kid with pluck and spirit who would not give up. A kid who fought with a combination of guts and the pure, fundamental Karate Mr. Miyagi revealed to him through hard work and friendship.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Harry, did you even see The A-Team?

    by Herewereyouwish

  • June 12, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I wonder how much money the Chinese government...

    by Kal Reeve

    pumped into this farce. I defy anyone to tell me this film does not play like a tour guide to "Beautiful, magical, mythical China." Oh, and human rights/government oppression problems not included. Oh, and isn't Jaden Smith the greatest talent since the phenomenal rise of his father? *puke* That's what this film is and nothing more.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Harry's reviews...

    by The_Closet_Nerd

    suck. They can't be trusted. At all. I just saw the A-team, and he couldn't have been more wrong about it. Everything he said, just take the opposite of it.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    The first 30 mintues are close ups of that kid's face, I kid you

    by Kal Reeve

    And in essence, that's what this "remake" is: Stealing the sacred name of an iconic film and using it to shove Will Smith's son in our face.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith's performance

    by Kal Reeve

    I honestly tried to give this kid a chance, because I resent the racist remarks which have been thrown at him, but he is a TERRIBLE actor. <p> <p> Ralph Macchio felt like a real kid with real warmth, real pluck, and real pain. He was genuine and endearing. But Jaden Smith comes off as a bad child actor forced into a role he's not near qualified to take on.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    First 30 minutes are close ups of that kids face, I kid you not

    by Kal Reeve

  • June 12, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Essential, the Karate Kid name was reduced to an...

    by Kal Reeve

    exercise of the Smith family ego.

  • June 12, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    '84 KK was great

    by FleshMachine

    great film

  • June 12, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve, you're so emotional, you remind me

    by Amadeo Zeller

    of my bitch...It's like you're obsessed with not liking a 12 year old kid. <p> ...And when did the original KK become so "ICONIC"? - Face, Kal, you and your ilk are just put off by the fact, that this remake is starring someone of the wrong skin hue...And considering that over 99% of Hollywood's productions are solely WHITE, your irrational hate for a 12 year old black child is all the more comical and sad. Go kill yourself, tea bagger.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Misty eyed Jaden shots!!

    by RPLocke

    I got Lord of the Rings Misty Eyed Frodo scenes flashbacks.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I'm just sick of Will Smith....

    by lock67ca

    ...pimping out his kids. Nobody cares Will.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Dutch was the baddest Cobra Kai...NOT Johnny!

    by theguda

    We all know Dutch could whoop Johnny. Come to think of it, I bet Dutch could take out Kreese, Terry Silver and Karate's Bad Boy at the same time. Now, if you threw in Snake...different story.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Excuse me, Amadeo Zeller *ahem* I mean, excuse me,

    by Kal Reeve

    mindless douchebag, but I've called out racists and jerks who made personal attacks against Jaden Smith on here and on IMDB. Go check an IMDB thread I made yesterday in which I refer to such racists as "scum." <p> <p> Your problem is that your such a pathetic, brain-dead shill, that anyone who points out what a charmless fraud this "remake" truly is must have some personal agenda against Jaden Smith. <p> <p> I don't hate Jaden Smith and I think black actors should get just as many lead roles as any of others if not more to balance out the racial disparity that has prevailed in the film industry for years. <p> <p> But here's the truth, you shameless shill... ready for it: THE KID CANNOT ACT. HIS PERFORMANCE IS PAINFUL AND COMPLETELY UNNATURAL. But I'm sure you wouldn't notice because it's apparent that you turn off your brain after waking up. <p> <p> And what is truly offensive is that his parents used their influence to hijacked an ICONIC and BELOVED film to turn it into a vehicle for their unqualified and not near talented enough kid, who has appeared in two other movies, one of which he was abysmal in. <p> <p> So keep making up lies and distortions about my motivations. But the ultimate truth is that this "remake" you so adore is not even a faint reflection of the ICONIC and BELOVED original, and that you are brain-dead shill who compromises his integrity with each peck of the keyboard.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Excuse me, Amadeo Zeller *ahem* I mean, excuse me,

    by Kal Reeve

    brain-dead douchebag, but I've called out racists and jerks who made personal attacks against Jaden Smith on here and on IMDB. Go check an IMDB thread I made yesterday in which I refer to such racists as "scum." <p> <p> Your problem is that you're such a pathetic, brain-dead shill, that anyone who points out what a charmless fraud this "remake" truly is must in your mind have some personal agenda against Jaden Smith. <p> <p> I don't hate Jaden Smith and I do think black actors should get just as many lead roles as any other actor if not more to balance out the racial disparity that has prevailed in the film industry for years. <p> <p> But here's the truth, you shameless shill... ready for it: THE KID CANNOT ACT. HIS PERFORMANCE IS PAINFUL AND COMPLETELY UNNATURAL. But I'm sure you wouldn't notice because it's apparent that you turn off your brain right after waking up. <p> <p> And what is truly offensive is that his parents used their influence to hijack an ICONIC and BELOVED film and turn it into a vehicle for their unqualified and not near talented enough kid, who has appeared in only two other movies, one of which he was abysmal in. <p> <p> So keep making up lies and distortions about my motivations. But the ultimate truth is that this "remake" you so adore is not even a faint reflection of the ICONIC and BELOVED original, and that you are brain-dead shill who compromises his integrity with each peck of the keyboard.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    scene for scene remakes sucks

    by TheJudger

    I would be far less avasive against remakes if the people who made them actually tried to remake it. aka a total different film that reprises the character types but none of the damn scenes. Also so it's not confused here. "Character Types" this does not mean that they look or act like they did in the original. I've said it before I'll say it again. Halloween 2 got it right. Everyone else is fucking up.

  • June 12, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    WHY SO MANY REMAKES?

    by moviemo

    I'm beginning to look around at American culture and seriously doubt the creativity on a MASSIVE scale. And to think, some people LOVE the idea of studios remaking old movies!! I heard some idiotic 20-somethings talk about it the other day!!

  • June 12, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    i mean in recent times

    by TheJudger

    there are of course lots of good remakes, and one thing i notice outside of the remake of the vanishing. is that the remake is a totally different story with very little if at all any nods towards the original. But I'm fooling myself silly, Hollywood isn't making these films to make some grand statment about us, to make new art. No they are after the muther fucking money!

  • June 12, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    75 remakes so far planned this year alone

    by TheJudger

    that is fucked!

  • June 12, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Harry really has no cred with me, GI JOE? awesome, this? Crap...

    by Stormwatcher

    and lest we forget he loved SUm of ALL fEARS. christ was that crap. so many shit movies he loves, so few good ones anymore.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    At least Tron Legacy is a sequel.

    by RPLocke

    That is the next big movie I am waiting for.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    The Karate Kid was fantastic!!!

    by antonphd

    I just got home from watching with a crowd that heartily cheered at the end! And the car scene actually make me shed a tear or two. I am going to watch it again with my wife. China looks beautiful in this film. I actually did get a bit of vertigo at the stairs scene.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve

    by antonphd

    I just watched the film. Jaden is a fucking kid. Give him a break. Kids shouldn't be able to act as well as adults. Sure there are prodigy child actors like Natalie Portman but they are far from standard. It's a family movie about a 12 year old kid. If you want to complain about someone abusing a beloved movie just to make cash then go talk to the people who made Karate Kid 2 and 3 and The Next Karate Kid. This new version of the Karate Kid couldn't be more respectful to the original. As for having to turn off your brain to watch this film. Utter bullshit. It's a family film and it's made for the whole family. Mom and Dad as well as the kids. If you don't like watching family movies then don't. Watch something else. Or go do something else. Stop shitting on other people's fun.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    A-Team was a hell of a lot of fun

    by scudd

    Harry has officially lost any movie critic credibility with me. Sorry, Harry. I've been with you since the beginning, but you are so completely off with this one, I think you've lost it.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    antonphd, I don't have a problem with Jaden the kid

    by Kal Reeve

    I have a problem with Jaden the child actor whose parents hijacked and misrepresented a beloved film series for him to star in. <p> <p> This remake served two purposes: <p> <p> 1) Promote Jaden Smith <p> <p> 2) Promote China <p> <p> I wish Jaden Smith nothing but happiness and good health in his life, but his performance was not at all worthy of the Karate Kid, which has a special place in film history.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    It's official Harry only enjoys films he's paid to like

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Harry, A-team is exactly the type of film that GI joe was, stipid action and some humour, most people loved both, you for some reason hated A-team...I'm thinking FOX didn't pay you to promote A-team so you just thought it was so -so

  • June 12, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve spot on

    by Those_arent_pillows

    Chinese propaganda!

  • June 12, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    KAL REEVE

    by Amadeo Zeller

    Mutha' Fucka' spare me your fake azz MLK spiel. You've been riding Will Smith and his Son's dick with irrational hard-on since it was first announced they were making a remake. Hollywood lives off remakes, but for some reason, when a remake is done BLACK, you and your ilk act as if someone stole your bike...So sorry, bitch, but you gettin' your pseudo white guilt on to disguise your love for the status quo, reeks of BULLSHIT! <P> NOW HAVE AN ICE COLD GLASS OF STFU AND GET OVER YOUR WILL/JADEN SMITH HATE, CUZ ALL IT IS, IS YOU HAVIN' THAT TYPICAL WHITE MALE: "WHO DOES THAT NIGGA THINK HE IS?" MOMENT!

  • June 12, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    If the Hurt Locker had been the title of the A Team

    by RPLocke

    Critics would be fawning over it.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Sorry Harry but I disagree....

    by JimmyPasta

    A-Team actually had an interesting story,great bad guys,humor and some great action scenes. What it did not have:1 fight scene without that bullshit "Bourne" style of quick editing or a beleivable ending. That final "big scene" was too over the top,even for this film. Still overall,quite enjoyable.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve

    by antonphd

    I don't have a problem with you personally but I do have a problem with user names that 1) promoting alien messiahs 2) promoting actors who died from spinal injuries

  • June 12, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    JimmyPasta

    by RPLocke

    A team had better action than Iron Man 2 did, and no dancing superheroes.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    DavidCarradinesAutoEroticRobot

    by Amadeo Zeller

    Keannu Reeves can't act worth a damn either, but that doesn't seem to stop you trailerpark peckerwoods from shellin' out cash to see his non-actin' ass...Just face it, your ire has more to do with this kids' skin hue and not his thespian prowess.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    A Team was better than Iron Man 2

    by antonphd

    But neither was great. I enjoyed both. I've seen Iron Man 2 twice. I'll see A Team again. I'm not excited about it though.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Yes

    by stemjsim

    I am probably going to enjoy these movies as Harry didn't like them. His reviews are more or less the opposite of how I find most movies.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Amadeo, obviously

    by Kal Reeve

    you are so stupid and misguided that you only know how to make up lies. Name me one racial remark I have made. Do you even know my ethnic origin? I think you be surprised to find out that I am part North African. Race has and never will be an issue for me, but clearly it is an issue for me. <p> <p> But of course the ultimate truth is that you are so dumb and desperate that you have nothing up your sleeve, but a bogus racial accusation.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    A-team is tots my fav film of the summer so far

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Theres been lots that i loved - Iron man 2, the losers, splice, kick ass, macgruber, hell i even enjoyed Nightmare on elm street, but i would easily say that The a-team is my favourite so far, and i do plan on seeing it again

  • June 12, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Wow, antonphd

    by Kal Reeve

    I tried to have a discussion with you, but you had to go and douche it up. What did I say to provoke such a response? I made legit points in a non-confrontational manner. <p> <p> Have you seen the film? The first 30 minutes are close-ups of Jaden Smith's face and the film plays out like a video designed to attract tourists to China. It's blatant propaganda that completely overlooks the terrible practices by the Chinese government. <p> <p> The Karate Kid name was used to promote Jaden Smith and sell this idea of a new, magical China. And these are valid assertions.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Amadeo, obviously (edited)

    by Kal Reeve

    you are so stupid and misguided that you only know how to make up lies. Name me one racial remark I have made. Do you even know my ethnic origin? I think you be surprised to find out that I am half North African. Race has and never will be an issue for me, but clearly it is an issue for you. <p> <p> But of course the ultimate truth is that you are so dumb and desperate that you have nothing up your sleeve, but a bogus racial accusation.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    antonphd, KKII and KKIII were chapters in the Karate Kid story

    by Kal Reeve

    So no abuse there, just the continuation of Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi's story. The Next Karate Kid is garbage and I do not consider it canon. If AICN was around back then and I was in my twenties, I'd certainly be blasting away at that as much as I am at this bogus remake. <p> <p> And this "remake" does abuse the iconic original because: 1) it misrepresents the Karate Kid name; and 2) in seems like Karate is disparaged. In the film when Dre's mom confuses Kung Fu for Karate, Dre says, "It's not Karate! It's Kung Fu!" in a manner which suggests Karate is inferior. Yet they steal the iconic Karate Kid name. Crooked.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I hate Jayden Smith am I racist?

    by Phategod2

    This kid is annoying as all hell, and if I never see him again in a movie it will be too soon.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    And one other thing, antonpd, families deserve better

    by Kal Reeve

    family films. Not propaganda schlock with forced emotions and stilted dialogue. <p> <p> Kids deserve well-written films with authentically developed characters, real, naturally realized emotions, and charm, all of which the original Karate Kid possesses.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve sounds like a plant.

    by HellKing

    Or maybe he's just some insecure petty nationalist from some third world shithole spending his time crying over a stupid movie. Go get a life.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I must be the Grand Wizard

    by liljuniorbrown

    Of the KKK Cause that kids acting makes me ill.

  • June 12, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Nope, HellKing, I'm at work in my office, multi-tasking

    by Kal Reeve

    Typing up a story and taking quick breaks to set straight shills and apologists for this crooked film that isn't even a faint reflection of original classic. <p> <p> I've made nothing but legitimate points regarding poor direction, writing, and acting in this "remake," and pointed out concerns regarding the misrepresentation of the iconic original's title, the forced casting of Jaden Smith as a result of his parents influence (both of whom are listed in the opening credits as the top producers), and the shameless propaganda of this new, magical China where human rights violations and government oppression have somehow disappeared.

  • June 12, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    It runs in the family

    by lock67ca

    This kid will probably end up playing the same wise-ass one-note character type in every movie, just like his talentless dad has.

  • June 12, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Btw, Peckerwoods?

    by Amadeo Zeller

    Do you bitches cry "NEPOTISM" when Gwenneth Paltrow, Sean Astin, Angelina Jolie, Jason Reitman, Colin Hanks, George Clooney, Candace Bergen, etc, etc, etc, benefited from their famous lineage? - Nope! <p> I guess NEPOTISM is only reserved for colored folks, huh? <p> I REITERATE: Y'ALL ARE JUST HAVIN' THAT TYPICAL WHITE MALE "WHO DOES THAT NIGGA THINK HE IS?" MOMENT.

  • June 12, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeves

    by Amadeo Zeller

    So you're now the arbiter of what families deserve, huh? There's that typical "WHITE MALE" superiority complex of yours rearing its' ugly head again, peckerwood. lol!

  • June 12, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Both of these were sold out tonight...

    by Jobacca

    I cant believe I life in a world where there are A-Team and Karate Kid movies playing on the same weekend..and I couldnt get into either one. Has the world gone mad? What are they going to do when that Highlander reboot gets made and the 80's are officially strip mined....start rebooting the reboots? Madness!!!!

  • June 12, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    The Ateam would be awesome

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    If the A-Team said "fuck it" and decided to work for the Evil Developer and Run the old folks out of the retirement home. Or if they fought against a Bizzaro A-Team that was evil. ... Yeah I'm high right now.

  • June 12, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Amadeo Zeller, didn't we have this debate before

    by Continentalop

    I don't like any sort of nepotism - be it Gwenneth, Sean, Angelina, Jason etc. Fuck, you can find hundreds of comments by a bunch of us bitching about Reitman and Paltrow all over this site (I defended J-Lo over her). <P> Some people here obviously have a problem with Will Smith's kid's race, but a lot of us just don't like the fact - black or white -that a kid got a spot to star in a major Hollywood summer movie because of his dad. Had they cast and unknown black kid I would have been cheering them on, but no, they cast their son (who will have way more advantages than any other poor black kid trying to break into the business). <P> Also, why do you have to use a racist term to decry racism? I mean, do you really have to say Peckerwood?

  • June 12, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Amadeo is not worth arguing with because he's a moron

    by Kal Reeve

    who cannot defend the supposed merits of this crooked film, but instead makes false accusations of racism. <p> <p> Yes, Amadeo, I'm a racist even though I'm someone who: Is half North African and lived in that region for years; was nearly engaged to a woman I loved with all my heart who happened to be black; whose top heroes after Superman and Daniel LaRusso include Dudley from SFIII, Muhammad Ali, and the Green Lantern John Stewart; who thinks that Michael Jai White should be the biggest action star on the planet; and who considers Chiwetel Ejiofor and Don Cheadle two of the five best actors in the country. <p> <p> Yeah, I'm a racist. <p> <p> By the way, there are racist scumbags on here, so try to aim your vitriol at them. But leave those of us who have legitimate grievances with this remake alone.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    first and only post

    by asojax

    this is the first and only time i have ever wanted to post on this site, saw both of these movies yesterday and enjoyed them both only thing that bugged me with the karate kid is the fact it's not the karate kid in anything but spirit, the movie should have been named kung fu kid in america like it was named in chine, second thing A-team was a great movie tons of action with a simple story. After reading the review for splice and then seeing this i have no respect for harry as a reviewer, i would rather take the opinion of a 2 year old over harrys.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    I will say this though

    by Continentalop

    Like it or not Smith's kid has a good chance to a decent actor and a major star. Besides good genes and connections and opportunities that other kids have had, he'll have learned more through osmosis about acting and the biz than most kids could ever dream of, and he'll probably have more experience in front of the camera by the time he is 18 than some stars have by the time they are 30. <P> I don't like the fact that he is getting a clear advantage over other kids, black or white, but by the time he is 20 it won't matter - he'll be like Paltrow, Penn, Downing and all the other scion of Hollywood; someone clearly better than anyone else trying out for the part.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    And nepotism does suck. I usually don't complain about it...

    by Kal Reeve

    but this concerns one of my two favorite films and film heroes of all time: The Karate Kid and Daniel LaRusso. So nepotism has become a source of complaint for me.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Man that is a lot of grammar errors

    by Continentalop

    Sign to call it quits for the day.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    If Tom Hanks forced a Superman film starring Colin Hanks....

    by Kal Reeve

    I would be raging just as hard.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Veiled Racism, pure and simple.

    by cshauser6792

    The extreme amount of vitriol being spewed at Jaden Smith all over the web can't be attributed to anything but veiled racism. Clearly, he's not the first child to be the beneficiary of celebrity parents. Did people spew this much vile when Miley Cyrus got the part for Hannah Montana? Were people steaming with this much hatred when Kate Hudson got the lead role for Almost Famous? Usually, people are simply dismissive of unproven kids benefiting from famous parents. But the amount of hate spewed at Jaden Smith is unprecedented. When white celebrities pull the strings to benefit their kids, people frown. When black celebrities do the same thing, the response is 100x worse. People hide behind words like "remake" and "nepotism"... but that doesn't explain why the reaction against the movie is sooooo much worse than it is with other kids or other remakes. It's veiled racism, pure and simple.

  • June 12, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    A-Team effects by Digital Domain?!!!!

    by the_kibitzer

    Did you read the credits? You also missed WETA, Rhythm and Hues, Soho VFX, hydraulx, and several others! You really missed the point on this one Harry. It was never claimed to be anything but a fun ride. And that's exactly what it was. Why the hell you'd think a remake of a show starring Mr. T and Dirk Benedict would be anything but a romp is beneath you. Enjoy it for what it is and stop trying to Michael Mann everything. Me and my family loved it.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    There are plenty of racists, but there are also legitimate argum

    by Kal Reeve

    against naming this lackluster film The Karate Kid. I guarantee you had it been called The Kung Fu Kid, there wouldn't be half as many enraged fans. But for many, the Karate Kid is sacred, beloved, and to those people the Karate Kid name is being hijacked and misrepresented for: 1) profit; 2) pushing a celebrities son with questionable acting ability; and 3) Chinese propaganda. <p> <p> If the blond haired kid from Stewart Little had been cast as the lead in this film I would be just as furious. Why? Because my problem that it's not Karate the kid is learning! It's freaking Kung Fu! So the title, The Karate Kid, is only being used to cash in on name value and name recognition in the United States. And that really freaking sucks, because the Karate Kid is a sacred name that is deeply meaningful to people across the globe.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    The haters will find one thing to nail for every movie.

    by RPLocke

    For SW it's Lucas, For Trek, It's JJ, it's always something. Always a minority opinion too. The haters crowd is a crowd that keeps George Romero in business.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    cshauser6792

    by Continentalop

    Riiiight. That is a pretty wide net you are casting there, saying anyone who criticizes the nepotism of Jaden Smith's casting is a racist. Care to prove that with something other than circumstantial evidence? <P> Did I criticize Miley Cyrus when she got her job? No, because I didn't hear about Hannah Montana before it was a hit. But have I criticized Brett Eisner, Jason Reitman and even Sophia Coppola? Yes, many times over. <P> I'm sure some people are using this film as an excuse to vent there racist beliefs, but to label EVERYONE who brings up nepotism as a closeted bigot talking in code is unintentionally disrespectful and insulting. <P> Also, I'm not spewing hate or putting down Jaden Smith. He is just a kid - how can you hate a kid? My disappointment and outrage is towards the parents. I know they are doing what they think is best for their kid, but sometimes you have to say what is best for your kid isn't always best for society or goes against our idea of fairness. <P>

  • June 12, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Wow-Cool. The World Cup Is On, and you guys are debating A-Team

    by Megan_Foxs_Tool_Box

    There's a word I'm thinking of...<p> Oh yeah-it's nerd. But just because it hurts you guys to actually get up and press a remote control button-this is what you debate... <p> For your information, futbol is stupidly nerdly, and yet nobody weighs in with an opinion. <p> Which brings us to another word. <p> Cunts. PL. The definition of the average AICN talkbacker and their firm grasp upon reality. <p>

  • June 12, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    stop with the racism stuff

    by GhostDad

    You People need to calm down! Seriously, has nothing to do with race.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Jason Reitman

    by GhostDad

    I'd be just as pissed if Jason Reitman was in the exact same position, like if he was given a Ghostbusters remake as his first film or even remaking a seminal film like Do The Right Thing. I think he's a douche anyway considering his dad produces all his movies yet he takes the "Wow I'm just some film nerd who got lucky" approach. Also why I roll my eyes when Keifer Sutherland talks about how hard it was for him to break into acting. But at least Reitman wasn't just handed beloved material that was a guaranteed hit regardless of his performance.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    and soccer sucks

    by GhostDad

    and that's why I'm not watching the world up. Although I'm kinda laughing that the US, a team whose own country could give two shits about, managed to tie England, where life stops for the game. I hope the US wins it all, it would be like trolling the planet.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    The World Cup is like The Olympics but with one sport.

    by RPLocke

  • June 12, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    I would watch if the South African

    by GhostDad

    team had Diplomatic Immunity from having penalties called.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Nightmare on Elm Street =awesome..A Team = crap

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

    Guess that check never came huh Harry?

  • June 12, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Marketing knows...

    by SykoeEnt

    American's are stupid and can't tell the difference between Karate and Kung Fu and that adding "Kung Fu" the kids will be expecting Jack Black as a fat Panda.

  • June 12, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    SykoeEnt

    by RPLocke

    Yeah, American's are so stupid, but the UK's been watching Dr. Who for about 400 years. Zzz.

  • June 12, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    You people don't even know what real racism is

    by GeorgieBoy

    Jeez, you've become so sensitive to actual LEGIT criticism of any black person that you don't even know what racism is anymore.<br><br> Newsflash people: No one is immune to criticism. And those of you who try to stifle legit criticism against Jaden Smith by decrying "RACIST!" at every turn needs to open your mind, stop getting marching orders from Acorn, and STFU.

  • June 12, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Georgieboy

    by GhostDad

    But this is a changed nation! The only things that are OK to badmouth is religion and any part of culture that people who aren't registered democrats cares about. Also, Barrack Obama is the best president we ever have and disagreeing with just one of his policies, even if you voted for him and agree with him on most things, makes you James Earl Ray

  • June 12, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve

    by antonphd

    i was just trying to kid around with you. i noticed that your name is Kal(Kal El) and Reeve(Christopher Reeve) and I thought you'd laugh at my attempt at humor. look, if you feel so strongly about the original Karate Kid series that you use the word 'cannon' talking about it then i'm not going to argue with you about whether or not there should be a remake. i watched the new Karate Kid this morning and I loved it. i completely disagree with you on pretty much every count except that part of the reason for this remake is to provide a vehicle for young Mr Smith's acting career. it may not seem fair to you but half of success in art is who you know. i know. i'm a professional. and you can bet your ass that i'm going to help my kids out with whatever career they want and if it's my same career then i'll give them a leg up that someone starting out will probably never get. that's life. that's family. that part of being a parent especially in America. you help your kids have a better life than you. is it fair? i think so. i was a foster kid and i started out with nothing. i was fortunate enough to make friends who were professionals and they took me in under their wings. now i make a living from my home. it's great. i still work a day a week at the local movie theater. keeps me feeling like i'm part of the real world. someday i may retire with a local theater playing classics and serving beer and pizza. you can be pissed that Will used his hard earned success to help out his kid but thank god Will doesn't give a shit about what you think of how he helps out his kid.

  • June 12, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    antonphd,

    by Kal Reeve

    Will Smith giving his kid a leg up is not my concern. But him using the Karate Kid name, which has been sacred to me and millions of others since childhood, is my concern. <p> <p> And if you have been reading my posts then you whould know that my primary grievance is the misrepresentation of the Karate Kid name to fraudulently profit off of its name recognition and name value. Had this film been called The Kung Fu Kid I wouldn't be wasting my time debating knuckle heads who make false accusations of racism in an attempt to defend a poor imitation of a truly great film. <p> <p> Final note, I could give a damn about Will Smith. I was a Fresh Prince of Bel Air fan as a kid and have enjoyed some of his movies, but he was never someone I commented about negatively in a Talkback. In fact, back during the I Am Legend days I defended him in the talkbacks by jumping all over moron posters who reduced his acting ability to "Aww Hell Nah!" <p> <p> But when Smith uses his power and influence to mess with a beloved film for his own greedy purposes, then I as someone who loves that film have every right to call him on his greed. And frankly, I don't give a damn that he's not listening. But you bringing that up suggests that you are someone who thinks celebrities like Will Smith sit on a golden thrown above us, beyond our opinions and criticisms. Essentially, you are saying that a celebrity like Will Smith or Leonardo Dicaprio or Tom Cruise is better than us and therefore not accountable. <p> <p> Well, if such is the case, you need to get your priorities straight and learn that fame and wealth does not make one a better person. What makes one a person of quality is honesty and fair play, not using power and influence to take advantage of a system for greedy pursuits. <p> <p> Yes, Will Smith loves his family and I respect that. But I don't respect digging up sacred ground just so you can make your family more prosperous than they already are.

  • June 12, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Harry and Ebert agreed with Me

    by BruceBurger

    I told you fools in another post that the problem with the A-Team was that the cartoon fx deprived it of meaning and suspense. But I was booed down by morons who wouldn't understand film. At least Roger Ebert and Harry knew what I was talking about because they said the same thing. By the way, I also publicly wondered what a Michael Mann version of the A-Team would look like. No, I'm not sucking Harry's cock. I'm saying that you're all idiots.

  • June 12, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    BruceBurger

    by GhostDad

    The show was a cartoony, unrealistic show where people would drive off of cliffs and be fine and the team would spray machine gun fire and never hit anyone. There was an episode where they escaped from a prison by using trashbags filled with air attached to chairs. Why shouldn't the film adaptation have that same sense of absurdity? What the hell would Michael Mann bring to the franchise that was needed? The A-Team is the epitome of cartoony fun... what would a gritty, realistic approach ad? Hell, the show died when they tried to change the formula around.

  • June 12, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Bruce Burger

    by RPLocke

    The movie is called The A Team. Right there that should tell you it's not a drama.

  • June 12, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve needs to get a life!

    by HellKing

    Boy that is a lot wasted energy.

  • June 12, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    I think The Expendable is in trouble!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I've been noticing a trend for several years now and it spells bad news!<p>That news is guys are out and young girls, women, and teens are in!<p>Look at you tv shows and movies and you see that films for guys are coming less and less than before!<p>I suspect A-Team will be used for a barometer to finally gauge what us guys are into and its not looking good!<p>Some of us(guys) are so gay now when it comes to movies that now we rather support teenage vamps, female spys, and young boys/girls kicking ass than a believeable action hero!<p>I'm sure when I return to work Monday I'll have some loser tell me how much ass the new KK remake kick! Just like I had douches tell me how ScarlettJo as Black Widow kick butt with her wirefu and poses!<p>For those who don't know, the action movies are on DTV and coming from overseas now! Sneeze and you already lose, bitches!

  • June 12, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    HollywoodHellraiser

    by GhostDad

    Honestly, I was thrilled that Jessica Biel stayed the hell out of the action. After Robin Hood, I'm pretty much always expecting the woman to suddenly reveal she can kick ass an ride in to join the battle, but the A-Team kept it about the guys. Unfortunatly, you're right, it will make less money than KK, the reviews, by critics who have no comprehension of the show or what the point was, aren't great, and a lot of the reviews have complained about Biel's role and how it's so much of a guy's movie. But I have a feeling that The Expendables may be the last true action movie. I was hoping it could save the genre, but I'm worried it'll be it's death knell. Hell, even PREDATORS has a bad ass chick in it, completely incorporating one of the worst parts of AVP. A-Team and Expendables were really the last chance to take back the genre, but I think we're doomed to hipsters doing wire-fu and 105lb women taking down armies. Hell, Scott Pilgrim will probably beat Expendables at the box office.

  • June 12, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    No, HellKing, it's at my office at work on a slow day, defending

    by Kal Reeve

    my favorite film from numb skulls (you included) aiming to talk up an uninspired, offensively bad imitation and make false accusations against those of us who talk the truth (the actual racists using the true Karate Kid as an excuse to make racial remarks can go screw themselves).

  • June 12, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST

    No, HellKing, I'm at work on a slow day with extra time to defen

    by Kal Reeve

    my favorite film from numb skulls (you included) aiming to talk up an uninspired, offensively bad imitation and make false accusations against those of us who talk the truth (the actual racists using the true Karate Kid as an excuse to make racial remarks can go screw themselves).

  • June 12, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I thought A-team was the best film of the summer

    by Superponte

    hands down. Thats what a summer movie is supposed to be.

  • June 13, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    A-Team was a lot of fun

    by theneonsamurai

    Like the TV show, the flimsy plot is just an excuse to hang out with the four characters. B.A. hates flying, break Murdoch out of the hospital or whatever, and Face gets the girls. Drive the van through a wall and it's all good. The only weak part of the movie was Hannibal. They could have done a bit more with him. Maybe some disguises or something. Anyway, lots of fun. Don't over think it.

  • June 13, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    HollywoodHellraiser

    by RPLocke

    You think Expendables is in trouble. Hell, that movie has Direct to DVD smell all over it.

  • June 13, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Harry was drunk or stoned writing these reviews

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Those are the only excuses I could see for such lukewarm reviews, both of which totally miss the mark. Seriously, ignore everything Harry said and check both of these films out. They are BOTH very well made and exceedingly entertaining.<p>Of the two, the one I enjoyed the most was the A-TEAM and for the life of me... like others here... I think Harry has lost his inner geek sense of fun. Because if you can't see the A-TEAM movie and have a big smile on your face something's seriously wrong with you. As for Harry's bitching, I'll simply say this...<p>As a TV show, the A-TEAM was NOT any sort of mental brain buster. It was your typical weekly Stephen J. Cannell action/light comedy type of show. It had actors that were charismatic in their own ways, plugged into a set-up that anyone could instantly get. And every week you simply got a fun self-contained episode, with no insanely heavy-handed continuity plot lines like you find today. Truth be told, it was a TV show that was so by-the-book in all the most obvious ways that it was actually creative genius, which is why it became a hit.<p>In terms of updating that formula, The A-TEAM move kicked all kinds of ass. The theater I saw it with was clapping and laughing and flat-out having a fun time. Hell, three of the friends that I saw it with today were women, and THEY were laughing and clapping and loving it.<p>To date, the movie that surprised me the most was HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. That's still my favorite film of the spring/summer season so far. But right now A-TEAM is instantly an easy #2 given how much fun I simply had watching it.<P>And Harry wishes Michael Mann had done his take on the A-TEAM? He'd rather see that then the kick ass movie Carnahan delivered? Gee, that would have been great. Just think, then we would have gotten a long, boring, pretentious piece of filmmaking shit to line up right next to his MIAMI VICE movie. Yeah, right, Harry -- that's just what we need during the summer movie popcorn season. More lazy boring ass CRAP like that!

  • June 13, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST

    The vitrol directed at Jaden

    by funkylovemonkey

    is funny. I don't really care one way or the other, the only thing I've seen him in is the Pursuit of Happyness... which wasn't really demanding, he just had to look bewildered and cute. He seemed kinda sad on Letterman the other night... kinda like an eleven year old desperately trying to act older then he was, which he is. But hating him because his parents are actors and got him a start in Hollywood? There are plenty of other actors and actresses who have done the same thing (maybe not starred in movies their father's produced, but you can't tell me they got to where they are solely because of talent and hard work). Off the top of my head you have Michael Douglas, Angelina Jolie, Ben Stiller, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downy jr., Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Aniston, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Liza Minelli, Drew Berrymore, and Sean Astin. Jaden is fucking 11 years old, cut him some slack, and I'm sure he's not ultimately the reason the movie's mediocre (I certainly haven't read it in any review so far). Do you also hate Gwyneth Paltrow because she was family friends with Spielberg and got her start in his movie Hook?

  • June 13, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    that was meant to be

    by funkylovemonkey

    vitriol.

  • June 13, 2010, 4:15 a.m. CST

    things I learned from this thread

    by Denty420

    1. Harry doesn't like a film unless he's either got some kickback money or a lube job from the studios, or if the movie reminds him of the heady days of his youth.<br> 4. Amadeo Zeller and Kal Reeve have far too much time on their hands. As, at the moment, it appears do I.<br> 2. Jaden Smith is not a good actor. But he has the potential to become one if he can stop doing his dad's routine.<br> 3. There are people who disagree with the above statement. That's fine. But to play the race card, when they've no defence of the above point, is pretty fucking reprehensible. Nobody... and I mean NOBODY on this thread has come out and said 'I don't like Jaden Smith because he's black' or any other variation on that theme. To try and claim otherwise is just desperate and just plain wrong. <br> 4. Harry is a self-styled 'geek'. A 'geek' that never watched the A-Team as a kid? Oh, sorry I forgot. You have to have cum buckets over the original Star Wars trilogy to earn that title, right? Actually, in a way I'm glad Harry wasn't an A-Team fan in his youth - otherwise we would have been treated to six paragraphs about what he did in the days and hours before the pilot was shown.<br> 5. When I initially heard the roumours about Michael Mann's involvement in the A-Team movie, way back when, the first thing I did was hold my head in my hands. Mann is a fine filmmaker (when he decides to be comprehensible), but his take on the A-Team would have been like Gus Van Sant directing the Tom and Jerry live action movie.

  • June 13, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Oh,

    by Denty420

    and apologies for the out-of-kilter numbering system. Seems that neither me nor Harry can proof read worth a damn.

  • June 13, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid runs TWO AND A HALF FUCKING HOURS?!?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Plus, it's directed by the guy who made...Pink Panther 2......and Agent Cody Banks.....

  • June 13, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Wow, Harry's now changing perspectives quite a bit

    by Marksman91

    A year ago, he would love everything, even if it was a crap film (with some exceptions like Transformers 2), but now it seems it's the opposite. Everyone I've talked to that has watched the A-Team loved it. He seems to be the only one that's severely disappointed with it.

  • June 13, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Ghost Dad I haven't thought about Scott Pilgrim but

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    yeah its just the kind of less ballsy film that will make bank!<p>If I was the studio I blitz the network with ad to promote it just like the KK remake did!<p>Let face it they were shoveling Jaden down our throats on all the network and went balls with the ads!<p>Scott Pilgrim needs to do the same, IMO!

  • June 13, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    You want a cookie BruceBurger?

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    Harry and Ebert agreed with you. Big damn deal. Your not sucking Harry's cock, your just to busy bending over for him thats all.

  • June 13, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Damn straight Expendables is in trouble

    by jimmay

    Early word from boxofficemojo is that A Team is getting its ass kicked. Aintitcool exists in a sheltered microcosm, where Steven Seagal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Van Damme are all still cool, and the mindless, boom-boom action films of the 1980s never went out of style and are worthy of even critical admiration. <p>Back in reality (i.e. the rest of the world), this is not the case. You can keep whistling past the graveyard and insisting that its all because everyone are 'pussies' now, but the fact is, the world has outgrown you. Granted, the general public still widely embraces dreck-Paul Blart Mall Cop's unaccountable success last year proves that-but they've changed brands.

  • June 13, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    This summer really does suck.

    by MAD_MIKE

    I have only gone to 3 moviees this year. Usually I hit at least 15-20. <P> I just cannot drag myself or the $11 it costs per ticket on some of the garbage coming out. ,p. BTW, do any of the millions of bullits fired in the A-TEAM actually hit the targets in this? <P> I mean, that team was made up of the worst marksman in television history.

  • June 13, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Harry and Ebert completely missed the point of A-Team

    by lock67ca

    It's one of the better TV adaptations to come along, and captures the feel of the TV series almost perfectly. As for Karate Kid, this is just a vanity piece for Will Smith. A way for him to say "Look at my son, you gotta love him". No I don't Will, so stop trying to shove your kids down my throat.

  • June 13, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I CHALLENGE THE AICN WRITERS TO TALKBACK MORE OFTEN

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • June 13, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Official box office results

    by iceman199

    Karate Kid took in $56 million, A-Team only $26 million.

  • June 13, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Title?

    by Drew Struzan

    Who cares about the fucking title? It could be called "the Feng Shui-kid" for all I cared ... it still wouldn´t make me wanna watch the turd. Is this really such a big deal? Really?

  • June 13, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I get the feeling a lot of TBers are just jealous of Jaden

    by WickedJacob

  • June 13, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Yeah, if Jackie retires from showbiz...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...he can make mutlti-millions traveling around the world giving magic martial arts seminars for geeky kids and opening magic martial arts school franchises.

  • June 13, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I CHALLENGE THE PANDORICA TO OPEN IN 6 DAYS!

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

  • June 13, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Yeap, 2010: another Summer of Shit

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Even Iron Man 2 sucked. Oh well, it happens. I got more important things to worry about this summer anyway as I live on the Gulf Coast and BP's shitstorm is headed my way. One good hurricane to spread all that fucking benzene and I'll probably be posting TB's from some friggin' FEMA refugee camp hell in Missouri. In the meantime, there's just nothing this summer I care to drop 10 bucks on. Hope they let me take my Blu-Ray player on the forced evacuation...

  • June 13, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, bitches are ruining movies, TV and music

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Skanks are the hot new demographic. When I get sick of their bubbleheaded shit, I can say to my gf and her idiot friends, "Hey, got work to do, gotta go home." Guess I can stop going to movies, quit watching TV and only listen to old school punk, too. Sad, but true. Another problem is the post baby boom generation raised a new generation of ritalin-sedated pussies. But I rant and it ain't worth it. Situation sucks, tho.

  • June 13, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    The A-Team

    by brandonbreaks

    I saw it last night. I loved it. I liked it better than i did the tv show. I grew up in the 80s, but just never was crazy for the weekly show. I hope they make many more sequels. It is my favorite movie of the year so far. I was pleasantly surprised. Not saying it was the best movie of the year; just saying it was the most fun I had going to see a movie this year.

  • June 13, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't it be — "Harry's Take on the 2010 Karate Kid"?

    by cowboyone

    Right? That's like grammar an' shit.

  • June 13, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    People here think movies should be like tests

    by RPLocke

    I think there's some AICN people that want every movie to a pretentious Tim Burton filled with crap movie while others just want to have fun with a movie. You can have both you know.

  • June 13, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    RPLocke...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Some people have tastes that extend a little further than watching the guy from King of Queens farting or pretty pink and blue colors splotched on a screen in 3D for three hours. Just sayin'.

  • June 13, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid 2010 = $56 million opening weekend

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    So are they coming back to the states for "Karate Kid 2"?

  • June 13, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith hate

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    I get it, but really, if any of us had a kid that wanted to be in our business, we'd do whatever to get him a break and help him be successful, too. That's just what dads do for their kids. So my hate doesn't extend to that aspect. Kid's just lucky his dad is Will Smith.

  • June 13, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Natalie Portman? A prodigy?

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    BWAH-Hahahahahahaha... ha! Well, okay, she was really good for an 11 year old in The Professional... but apparently she blew out the acting portion of her brain in that because since then... nuthin'!

  • June 13, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    They should call the sequel the KUNG FU KID....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...instead of Karate Kid 2, now that Jackie and Jaden's characters are established.<BR> It would be silly for Dre to continue doing Kung Fu in a sequel still called Karate Kid, now part 2.

  • June 13, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    JayLenoTookMyJob

    by RPLocke

    Hey, i have no problem with that. Anyone is free to like any kind of movie, but A Team is not one of those movies like Schindler's List.

  • June 13, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Tell all your friends to see The A-Team!!!!!

    by SoylentMean

    Also, buy some goddamn cheetos.

  • June 13, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    I'm Glad Karate Kid is No.1!

    by HellKing

    Haven't seen it and don't really plan to but if it pisses off people who wastes so much energy on hating a movie spending two days writing shit, it must be a good thing. I hope they don't own pets for them to kick around when they're having a bad day.

  • June 13, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    We all appreciate your take on the "stink" of Expendables

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    RPLocke, but aren't you the dude that the Wednesday after Iron Man 2's release was claiming that the movie was "in trouble" and "struggling" over here (in the States)? Pretty sure that was you, right? Iron Man 2 has made in five WEEKS what the last movie made in five MONTHS.

  • June 13, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    A Team was popcorn, over-the-top fun

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    I'll see Kung Fu Kid on DVD or something.

  • June 13, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Sharlto Copley

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Just fuckin' wow.

  • June 13, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    RPLocke - gotta agree on Greatest American Hero

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Unless you're sarcastic. In which case, not so much. But would love to see Greatest American Hero remake.

  • June 13, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    The Bicycle Sharer

    by RPLocke

    They've been trying to bring back American Hero for years. It could work as a comedy movie. It would be pretty funny.

  • June 13, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    The Problem with Smith

    by TheRevenge

    The problem with Smith being cast in this has nothing to do with his race, and I don't remember anyone saying that was ever an issue. I will say, however, that, for me, the problem is that he (and all of the kids in the movie) is too young! HE IS TOO YOUNG! The kids are 11. We shouldn't be watching movies about 11 year-olds kicking each other in the face and fighting over a girl. None of that should be happening at that age. Yes, you put your kid in karate lessons young...to teach them self-respect and discipline. You don't teach them that so they can beat on other kids...even bullies. When your 17 year old kid is a high school senior? Yeah, you want him to learn to stand up for himself. When the kid is 11? You step in as a parent. You don't teach him to smack the shit out of the bullies. You take the bullies down a notch. I saw Oprah talking about how Smith looks "Ripped" in this movie. Um, sicko, he looks like an 11-year-old kid. The fact that he's black means nothing. The fact that he's an adolescent means everything. Fuck that the movie is in China, although I think it's understandable when Chinese parents wouldn't want their Chinese daughter dating ANYONE when she's 11, let alone a kid who DOES NOT EVEN SPEAK CHINESE! Fuck the fact that it's Kung Fu and not Karate. Fuck the fact that they changed the names. The problem isn't any of those things. The problem is that the "kid" is just that: A KID. He's too young. It makes me feel dirty to watch toddlers beat the shit out of each other. Yeah, I saw The Smiths on Oprah and they were ALL smug, arrogant, Hollywood narcissists...NONE of that would matter if the casting made sense. The kid is too young. It's not about nepotism..it's about BAD CASTING. If the Smith kid was 17? I'd be right there in the theater.

  • June 13, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck Will Smith's Family!!

    by BobParr

    Fuck his bratty, spoiled, entitled kids and his midget wife who killed The Matrix sequels.

  • June 13, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Yoko is not giving Harry enough luvins

    by BobParr

    That review had blueballs written all over it.

  • June 13, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Yoko is not giving Harry enough luvins

    by BobParr

    That review had blueballs written all over it.

  • June 13, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    THE DEVOID OF ANY CHARISMA KID

    by BringingSexyBack

    I can't stomach Jaden in a 2 minute interview. How could I be expected to sit through 2.5 hours of him?

  • June 13, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEIJING

    by BringingSexyBack

    I would've preferred that movie instead.

  • June 13, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    Looks like most agreed that A-Team looks like un-fun crap

    by kevred

    ...and the studio banked correctly that dumb Americans would shell out extra cash if they used the title 'Karate Kid'.<p>So, in summary: dumb, un-fun crap you can't take your child to see: fail. Dumb, cynical, empty crap you can take your kid to, with a title that evokes nostalgia: success.<p>This will surely encourage Hollywood in the right direction.

  • June 13, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    People just hate the movie proved them wrong

    by terry1978

    Because they were certain that a remake of a classic, coupled with Will Smith's kid and Jackie Chan in a sellout role would flop horribly. Now their brains are just shutting down.

  • June 13, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Of course, if Del Toro was directing...

    by HisDorkMaterials

    ...Either film would have been a contender for best of 2010 with Harry.

  • June 13, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Hey Kobe tell me how my ass tastes!

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Lets go Celtics!

  • June 13, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Dear god how fucking gorgeous is Helen Mirren!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    If you missed her on the Tony Awards than you missed a beautiful woman!

  • June 13, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid 56 MILLION Suckers!

    by versatol

    I haven't even seen this movie. Just glad it's pissing off all you predictable fan boys who hate on movies you haven't seen. It got good reviews and it's a box office smash. So just shut the fuck up trekies. You're just jealous Will Smith's 11 year-old son has probably screwed more chicks than you guys ever will! hahaha

  • June 13, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Judging by what I saw on Letterman...

    by lock67ca

    Will Smith's kid is even more cocky and annoying than his father. As far as I'm concerned, all the criticism on the talkbacks is justified. He'll probably end up playing the same cocky smartass in every movie, just like his dad.

  • June 13, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    HollywoodHellraiser

    by RPLocke

    YOU watch the Tony Awards? Lol.

  • June 14, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Michael Mann's A-Team

    by Denty420

    ... would be completely devoid of humour and comprehensibilty, Like most of his films. Any A-Team movie needs to have plenty of both.

  • June 14, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Will Smith's Wife Killed the Matrix Sequels??

    by NightAvatar

    WTF? Somebody needs to pull their head out of their ass! I guess the writers will be glad to hear they did nothing wrong with those films.

  • June 14, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Stop the Will Smith hating, you fucking losers!

    by NightAvatar

    Man, I never thought I'd see the day where talkback would be so full of Will Smith haters! What the hell? Natalie Portman has rich parents too. So do lots of child actors. What's so bad about that? Get a freaking life you morons.

  • June 14, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Geoffrey Rush in Pirates 4 IS NOT NEWS!!!

    by NightAvatar

    Who the hell cares that AICN isn't reporting the news of Rush in Pirates 4? You whiners are pathetic. Did anybody here NOT know he would be in the film? If so, you all need to go back to preschool.

  • June 14, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    So Harry

    by Sgtcrispytoast

    These films are devoid of any real impact but you loved the Phantom Menace? What was that quote from you in the review about Jar Jar? Oh yeah "Mesa luved him!"

  • June 14, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Sgtcrispytoast, I liked Jar Jar too!

    by NightAvatar

    Some people liked him. So what? He wasn't nearly as annoying as you haters make him out to be. Sure, there were some bad moments, but overall he wasn't so bad. He was even likable in a scene or two. That was 10 years ago. Today, I can officially say I don't like the character. But I still don't think he ruined the film for me. The Phantom Menace was bad for way more reasons than simply Jar-Jar Binks.

  • June 14, 2010, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Will Smith is fucking unstoppable!

    by TheWaqman

    As much as this place hates him you have to respect just how dominant this guy is over audiences. He makes big bank, but now his fucking child is too. Wow.

  • June 14, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't have a problem with Will Smith...

    by lock67ca

    ...if he didn't play the same cocky smartass character in almost every movie. The guy has almost no acting range and it amazes me that his movies make so much money.

  • June 14, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    list of differences between Harrys reviews and

    by TheManWhoCan

    the MTV movie awards.<p> Aicn articles have a talkback forum.<p> end of list.

  • June 14, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    lock67a and Will haters

    by NightAvatar

    I disagree about Will Smith's acting range. What about The Pursuit of Happyness or Seven Pounds? Or Ali? Or Six Degrees of Separation? If you only watch his big Summer Blockbuster movies, it's no wonder you don't see the range. You are a product of what you are complaining about. And like telemarketer says: It's a business and Hollywood knows people love to see Will in those types of roles. The fact that he has 4-5 movies under his belt that *don't* fit into that mold is pretty impressive. At least in my book.

  • June 14, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    NightAvatar

    by lock67ca

    That's why I said "almost" every movie.

  • June 14, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    The A-Team was fun.

    by nemov

    Harry seems to be in a pissy mood lately. The A-Team always was a cartoon. Also, how is a sinister corrupt CIA SAD operative trying to protect the best interests of the United States? Robin Hood was okay. Ironman was fun, but the A-Team was the first movie I've seen this Summer that was a blast. I can't wait for the next installment.

  • June 14, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Ditto on A-Team

    by theBigE

    I thought it was fun, my teen-aged sons loved it. The original TV show was pretty idiotic, remember? What's everyone expect? The ending was over the top, some of the action was shakily filmed, but the 4 characters seemed to be having a lot of fun. Sharlto Copley, or whatever his name is, was an inspired choice for Murdock, and the guy playing BA wasn't too shabby either. Did everyone stick around through the credits?

  • June 14, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    than the TV SHOW

    by kesoze4

    Why are we writing random WORDS in all CAPS again?

  • June 14, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    This is pretty much what I want out an A-Team movie.

    by ThreeOranges

    Some clever dialog coming out of amusing human cartoons.

  • June 14, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Oh, and my interst in Pirates 4 just dropped.

    by ThreeOranges

    Since it means that they're sticking closer to formula than the adapting of a Tim Powers book had made me hope.

  • June 14, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Jessica Biel is box office poison.

    by StatelyWayneManor

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  • June 14, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Michael Mann's A-Team????

    by slone13

    Jesus, that sounds fucking awful. What's next? Baz Luhrmann's Iron Man 3?

  • June 14, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    HARRY

    by David Assholehoff

    Harry, ya know, I really hate people who sell their opinions as anything more than that. I respect your opinions about some movies, not so much for others. I enjoyed the A-Team. It was a double scoop of fun, cartoonized action with a dabble of Bourne/MI topping. I enjoyed it for what it was worth. Please get over yourself and respect your viewers.

  • June 14, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Thought the A-Team was tons of fun. Loved it.

    by sewiz

    I'm with Massa on this one, it was all kinds of fun. Not sure it will really hold up on the long run, but on first viewing I had a blast.

  • June 14, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Oh and what the hell Harry?

    by sewiz

    You were obviously were paying real good attention to the A-team if you thought the bad guy was defending American interests and the team got in trouble for doing their duty.

  • June 14, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    What's up Harry's schniz?

    by Tenacious_Me

    Dude is pissy like a little bitch. I understand that it's your job to be critical but jeez, have some fun at the movies why don't ya.

  • June 14, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Miyagi say

    by colin smith

    I want Tong Po !

  • June 14, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan saved the movie

    by DoctorWho?

    Took my 6 yr old daughter to see it. I thought it was good but the kid seemed just too small and little to be believable in this role.<p> But Jackie owned it. He was the center of gravity in the film. Who else was gonna do this role? You can sense the Kung Fu mastery behind Mr. Han not because of his acting so much as his filmography. He IS that guy. Unlike Pat Morita.<p> It's like when Clint Estwood plays the role of a grizzled, veteran cop. You're thinking Dirty Harry in your sub-conscious and it brings an automatic gravitas to viewing the character.<p>

  • June 14, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    A-team delivered despite what critics say...

    by Jabroni

    I saw A-team last night, and I have to say I loved it. The film was a big budget of everything I remember about the show, which is not much. The explosions were big, the action was silly, and the characters were testosterone fuled, shoot now, ask questions later and I LOVED IT. Not the best movie ever, but like a trip to an amusement park, while not solving the world's problems, it made you forget that the outside world is totally fucked. I would see it again.

  • June 14, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Wow, Harry

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    "There's a higher degree of nuance with his character than Mr T ever had to play with on the show." Wow.

  • June 14, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid: No Shue, No Ticket.

    by haggardatbest

  • June 14, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Will Smith

    by Hipshot

    "Cocky" "annoying" "egotistical" "bratty" "spoiled" "entitled"...gee, how many other synonyms for "uppity" can you guys think of?

  • June 14, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Who here actually knows Will Smith?

    by Jaka

    Because I hear he's a pretty nice guy all around. And if you think he is the guy that he plays in those big summer movies you're sadly confused. That's his acting that's convinced you of all the things you seem to hate. Which makes him a pretty good actor in my book.

  • June 14, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Gee Hipshot...

    by DoctorWho?

    Synonyms for 'uppity'? Jeez!! <p> Okay Mr. Bigot Police...which adjective is one allowed to use in criticizing Will Smith that would NOT classify one as a bigot.<p> Just trying to stay one step ahead of the thought police, ya know.

  • June 14, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    After seeing The A Team I have to ask,

    by skimn

    who the hell is Joe Carnahan? With Narc, his direction came off as pseudo-Scorsese with a dash of Tarantino. With Smokin Aces, pseudo-Ritchie. And now with The A Team, pseudo-Bay. Will the real Joe Carnahan please stand up?

  • June 14, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Any fun had during The A Team was solely

    by skimn

    due to Sharlto Copley's performance as Murdock. By the time the "plan came together" for the climax involving a giant shell game with 3 tankers, I was bored silly...and I truly WANTED to like it.

  • June 14, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    And before anyone jumps on me..yes, I know

    by skimn

    directors work in all sorts of genres. The late Sydney Pollack being one of the best (Spielberg, where is your all-out comedy? I'm not counting 1941...).

  • June 14, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Agreed, Copley was the only bright spot

    by LimemonkeyX3

    The movie was pretty bad, however it DID prove the Sharlto Copley's performance in DISTRICT 9 was no fluke. The guy's the real deal...now he just needs to never pick a project this bad again.

  • June 14, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Good?

    by alesyc

    The show itself was not "good." I mean really, 4 guys that keep evading the keystone cops of military police? It was a great lunch pail, but if you're expecting anything more from it or even wanting anything more from it, then you're not wanting the A-Team.

  • June 14, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Harry's Review Disappointing

    by CaptainKuryakn

    Wow, I usually trust his judgement, but it seems the other talkbackers are right. He really missed out with his negative take on this weekends films. Personally I flippin loved the A-Team, and am still looking forward to seeing Karate Kid.

  • June 14, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    A-TEAM was fun

    by frank cotton

    considering the original source material, it turned out way better than i expected

  • June 14, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid 2010 was a Very Good Film

    by hoorayforeric

    Saw it over the weekend (actually caught for free with a pass). It was really well made and I think some are still stuck on the whole remaking of a classic, here. One that's still fresh on their minds. This movie was extremely well made and hit many marks. Smith did an amazing job and I believed he knew fucking kung fu! People were clapping and cheering in the movie...as well as laughing. Had there never been an original Karate Kid...and this was and original "Kung Fu Kid"...Harry would be gushing over it!! The jacket had more to do with the story than just learning "wax on/wax off" type stuff. The imagery was great and James Horner did a great job with the soundtrack. I probably would have waited for the DVD...and most probably will, too. I did see it for free...and had little expectations...but I'll say that I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Very uplifting, funny and overall entertaining.

  • June 14, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    A-Team rocked

    by aboriginal

    I had almost as much fun as I did with Star Trek last year - and nothing was as fun in between waits + the plausibility of some of the action sequences was just as unbelievable too. Just good fun and that's Hollywood.

  • he does appear to be a little full of himself .But after seeing the movie yesterday night I must say that this personality doesn t come up at all in the movie which had me even more shocked by how convincing and likeable he appeared compared to these awful interviews. I don t get all the bitchin about the kid s acting He was much more convincing than any other kid actor I ve seen in a long time(apart form Dakota Fanning of course ,but she s abnormal) Radcliff performance to this day in the HP movies makes me cringe .Overall I really liked the film ,the soundtrack is great plus you can t go wrong with James horner.The fighting is way more awesome than in anythin the original ever dished out ,which isn t sayin much but these kid really do get hurt here and you feel the hurt and it can be disturbing at some point .And the final move with just one leg was just awesome (plus u get why we spent 2 fuckin minutes seein that woman with the Cobra in the mountains ,it was beautifully filmed) .Anyway just here to defend the kid s actin (he actually made me misty eyed at 2 different points with the hurt you feel as a kid and your parent just can t understand...) And the movie for me is superior to the original for me even if the runnin time is a bit long.SO I recommand it . Wow Haven t posted on AICN since the dissapointing lost finale thread .

  • June 14, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Are you kidding me?

    by RAVAGETRANSFORM

    The people who work here are awesome but Harry you could not review a turd if someone smacked it in your face. The A Team rocked! Best summer flick yet! I'm back, DECEPTICONS FOREVER!

  • June 14, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    OK..

    by Iceman32_89

    I checked out A-Team today and it was good.I thought that they stayed true to the source material as I remember it.I think every one stayed true to the characters as they were.One major issue I had is it seemed like for the first 30 minutes of the flick they tried to ram it down your throat that Hannibal has a plan and loves it when a plan comes together,Ok I get already but it was good. <p> I don't know why it seems most people feel that movies need to be grounded in reality.Most of the time I go to the Movies to get away from reality for 2 hours so if you want to have a flying tank,have at it,it's fun but so long as they stay true to the world that they create I have no problems with it and Harry man I like you but if you think a CIA agent is acting in the best interest of the US by trying to apprehend printing plates and then set up an elite team to take the fall for it I wonder about you

  • June 14, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    The New Bully In KARATAE KID Is A Good Actor

    by Buzz Maverik

    Changing the age made the "only bad teachers" thing more effective because Zabka was old enough to know better and do time for assaulting Ralph. This kid played it like someone who had the skill and strength, didn't know what to do with it and was following a very bad example. It worked.

  • June 14, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    I Don't Know How To Spell Karate. I'll Take Kung Fu Instead

    by Buzz Maverik

  • June 15, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    No Zabka, NO WAY

    by finky089

    No Will Zabka, no way I'm seeing it. The. End.

  • June 15, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Glad I wasn't the only one digging Karate Kid

    by DoctorWho?

    This was a very well done redux. How about Mr. Han's car and the tragic story behind it? Good stuff. Definitely Chan's finest acting as far as I've seen. <p> Tre and his mom being in China gave the kids character more of an outsider/stranger in a strange land angle too.

  • June 15, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I wish

    by Shubniggorath

    Harry could write a review without spoilers. You know, like a regular movie review that recommends whether to watch something or not. This is like the 3rd review of his in a row I've skipped.

  • June 15, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    The Kobyashi Maru Kid

    by Peter David

    "Of course this movie should be called THE KUNG FU KID - and while critics would still draw comparisons back and forth between THE KARATE KID and THE KUNG FU KID - one of the complaints would be gone."<p> To be replaced by a completely different complaint: "In naming this film Kung Fu Kid, they're trying to disguise the fact that this is a remake of "The Karate Kid!" They must think we're stupid, that we would fall for such an obvious ploy! Trying to take a remake and, by retitling it, making it seem original! Hollywood sucks!"<p> You know as well as I that that's exactly what the talk-back response would have been. This was the no-win scenario of titles. For many fans, it was never about the title. It was about people bitching that Will Smith's son was starring in a remake of a film they remember fondly.

  • June 15, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Oh, and...you're wrong about this:

    by Peter David

    "You will not have kids imitating any real Kung Fu in this"<p> As the credits were rolling, my seven year old was standing in the vacant space directly in front of the movie screening and was imitating the motions from when the woman was facing the cobra. And since seeing the film, she has told me repeatedly and with utter certainty that she wants to start taking kung fu lessons.

  • June 15, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    And also...huh?

    by Peter David

    "you'll begin to grow weary of the 3 separate visits to the bad guys' training area."<p> What three separate visits? They did it just like the original. Dre finds the school and discovers that the bully is training there. And then Mr. Han accompanies him. There's no third visit to the bad guys that I recall. There's a sequence where Dre joins up with the girl as they're practicing Tai Chi, but surely that doesn't count.

  • June 15, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid: No Abe Vigoda, No Ticket.

    by SilentGunman

  • June 15, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda? What?

    by Peter David

    This talk back is going off the rails fast. Abe Vigoda? What the hell does Abe Vigoda have to do with "The Karate Kid?"<p> Oh, and one final thought: No iconic moments? If Michelle Yeoh staring down a cobra isn't instantly iconic, I don't know what is.

  • I knew there was something familiar about that woman ,eventhough we got to look at her for 3 minutes I still couldn t figure it out ....lol I m trying to get the movie online in order to see the finishing move again ...That thing was pure awsomness.....with just one fucking leg ...using it to jump while the broken one is used as a couterweight to balance the rotation of the flying kick ..UNREAL

  • June 15, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    If that wasn't Michelle Yeoh

    by Peter David

    Then it was her twin sister. I'm sure it was her, even though I haven't seen it on IMDB or anything; it was a totally uncredited cameo. But as I said, Michelle Yeoh perched on a stone strut, standing on one foot, about five hundred feet in the air facing off against a cobra, is about as iconic as it gets.

  • June 15, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    This Talkback Is Going Off The Rails?

    by SilentGunman

    After all the insults thrown Harry's way, I make a dumb joke about Abe Vigoda, and NOW you think the Talkback is off the rails? Are you new here?

  • June 15, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Well...yeah...kinda new...

    by Peter David

    Then again, bitching about Abe Vigoda isn't much dumber than some of the other complaints, so I didn't get that you were joking.

  • June 15, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by nathan0774

    I am starting to see what people are talking about here. You weren't excited enough by Geoffrey Rush appearing in Pirates 4 to report it... but I remember news of Sex and the City prequels being developed??? Sex and the City prequels excite you??

  • June 15, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    And yes Harry...

    by nathan0774

    You are wrong about A-Team. And I see, now, your either terrible taste... or you ARE getting paid kickbacks. You like GI Joe? but not A-team? Why? Perhap because you had GI Joe toys as a kid but never liked the A-Team show. Well, that is a true sign of TERRIBLE film critic. OR the people are right... you typically get kickbacks for good reviews and you never got a set visit for these two films. And your friendship with Del Toro HAD to have iunfluenced your review for Splice. Because that movie SUCKED!

  • June 15, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Yet another no-win scenario

    by Peter David

    If Harry likes a film, it's payola. If he doesn't like a film, then he has terrible taste. So the only time he knows what he's talking about would be if he agrees with you? That's really the only option you're leaving.

  • June 15, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Jayden Smith is a spoiled little shit.

    by Kraaken

    Raised by parents who don't say no to anything. They probably think its cute if he craps on the floor. I used toliek Will Smith, but his ego swelled up and out the funny zone and into the conceited me, me, me, it's all about me zone. And that's a shame. He should read about 10 books on humility, then make his brat kids read them too.I could absolutely care less about seeing Jayden, with his boring air of self-importance, in any film.

  • June 15, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Criticizing Will Smith

    by Hipshot

    If one said he had big ears, was one-note, chose bad films, was too pretty, or any of a number of general comments, I might disagree but those are pretty neutral. Comments that constantly reference "hip hop" and synonyms for "uppity" (not knowing his place: arrogant, etc.) get suspicious to me. I've never seen Talkbackers criticize, say Stallone for arrogance: there, it is "confidence" and "macho." Wonder why?

  • June 15, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Let's "face" it.....

    by football

    ... Mr T WAS the A-Team with the show built around him. <p> The rest of the cast, with the exception of Dirk Benedict, were pretty much washed-up or were unheard of before. <p> Karate Kid can fall right back into the cheesy abyss it crawled out from. <p> The only movie deserving my hard-earned cash in the coming weeks is INCEPTION. The rest can go swing.

  • June 15, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Hipshot

    by Peter David

    Ohhhh, I don't think you're wondering. I think you know perfectly well. And I think you're right.

  • June 15, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    So, have the Gays For Big Willy...

    by AsimovLives

    ... came out with the racist excuse to attack those who don't adore and suck the cock of Will Smith?

  • June 15, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Learn to write, Harry

    by jaylerd

    You don't need to use every piece of punctuation in everything you write. Stop it! Pick up a fourth grade grammar book and straighten this shit out. It's impossible for you to convey a coherent thought if you can't even string the words together properly.

  • June 15, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Uh, no, Asimov...

    by Peter David

    The contention that was made--if you actually read what was written--was that certain criticisms are applied to Smith that aren't typically applied to white movie stars.

  • June 15, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Original A-Team actors unheard of except Mr. T??

    by Darth Macchio

    You're serious? Ever hear of a little movie by Blake Edwards called "Breakfast at Tiffany's?"

  • June 15, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Hipshot

    Hmmm. I love the way your mind automatically goes to his big, suckable cock. Your fantasy world must be fascinating. And no, I comment when the criticisms cluster in certain ways. Specifically, around synonyms for "uppity." Just noticed over the years that what people call "confident" and "macho" in a member of THEIR group, they call "arrogant" and "egotistical" and...yes, "uppity" if it's a member of another group. Like I said, Stallone joked about Carl Weathers being hurt by Dolph Lundgren, while he himself (what a stud!) macho'd it out. And not a single comment about his "arrogance" or "ego." I can only see so many examples of that before raising certain questions. Your homophobic response suggests I hit the mark. Please, retort with more insults so that everyone can see exactly what I'm talking about. I await your measured, mature, sensible response.

  • June 15, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Jon Hamm needs a new fucking agent!

    by blackmantis

    Why the hell was he in this for five seconds? The guy has just about everything you'd want in a movie star and this is the best he can get?

  • June 15, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Hey Kobe tell me how my ass tastes!

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Lets go Celtics!

  • June 15, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Hipshot = god

    by NightAvatar

    Holy shit, Hipshot, you are a god! Wish I could voice my views so well. I'm sick of the racist Smith haters.

  • June 15, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Peter David

    by nathan0774

    Even if I agreed with Harry, it is still either Payola or Bad taste. Even if he liked a movie that I liked, I still think he is only saying he liked because he got something out of it. The difference is, I say liked something because I genuinely liked it. Read what other people are saying. It's pretty obvious. Harry should leave the movie reviews to the rest of the staff if he is going to hob-nob in Hollywood. He can write about his hob-nobbing or something. But his reviews are tainted. Harry has become a plant on his own website.

  • June 15, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Hipshot=projecting his racism on others

    by DoctorWho?

    What about the possibility that people may call Will Smith "arrogant" and "egotistical" and actually mean arrogant and egotistical? That's just inconceivable right?<p> Ah, but noooo....You know people better than they know themselves. I know, I know...more than once the words "you're a racist but you just don't know it" have crossed your mind. Wow. Must be nice to be omniscient. <p> So for future reference "all-knowing Hipshot" please list the top 5 adjectives we would be allowed to use which would NOT be considered "code words" for a racial epitaph. I'm dying to know which ones meet your approval. <p> Waiting.

  • June 15, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    "All knowing Hipshot"?

    by Hipshot

    You guys are so funny. I point to what seems to be a pattern. I'm perfectly aware I could be wrong, but methinks some of you protest too much. Doctor Who--you engaged DIRECTLY in mind reading: "I know, I know...more than once the words `you're a racist' crossed your mind..." etc. Do you even understand that you are exhibiting the exact behavior you are protesting in others? No wonder you get upset. To see a pattern of "tribalistic" behavior and to point out that statements seem to be similar doesn't mean I'm accusing someone of racism. I'm asking you to look at the motivations. If the shoe doesn't fit, then don't wear it. If someone accuses me of being a Martian, I don't get upset unless I'm hiding antennae.

  • June 15, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I remember when I was ranting on GI Joe Ripcord sucked...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...and several people (I forget who) got on my case about it, wondering if it's because Ripcord is black. <BR><BR> Um, no....its because Ripcord sucked. He was the Jar Jar comic relief and I couldnt stand the character. People seemed to make two assumptions about me....1.) that I'm white, and 2.) that I was saying things with hidden reasons....without really even knowing me at all. <BR><BR> Notice that nobody here is criticizing asian Jackie Chan, or the African American who played Dre's mom (I've only read compliments towards her). Could it be that they are criticizing Jaden because of the reasons they are giving? Could it be that I criticized Ripcord for the pure reasons that I gave? Could it be that people are reading subtext that isnt there?<BR><BR> For the record, I have nothing against Jaden Smith, and enjoyed his work in Pursuit as well as that Keanu movie. He seems that a boy that has potential.

  • June 15, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Nathan

    by Peter David

    But surely that's your problem,isn't it, rather than Harry's. You've created this situation in your head where, no matter what Harry says, you believe his motives are suspect. As if he's the only reviewer in Hollywood who has direct interaction with the creators of films. Press junkets, behind the scenes exclusives, these are just SOP in the industry. If anything, Harry is more forthcoming about such perks than other reviewers. To me, the question isn't whether Harry can be even handed. To me, the question is, if you're so convinced that he's biased, why the he'll are you reading his reviews in the first place? That just doesn't make any sense to me.

  • June 15, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Gibson USA

    by Hipshot

    Of course it is possible that individuals have no racial preferences or prejudices. Groups, however, do, and the evidence of that is everywhere. Occassionally it raises its ugly head on this board, as it does in any other aspect of society. It is legitimate to ask the question, as it is legitimate to question the questions themselves. I didn't complain about criticisms of the Smiths. I noted that the criticisms clustered around a specific issue: their perceived "arrogance." I questioned whether this term was more applied to blacks than whites--Arnold Schwarzenegger is the most arrogant person I've ever seen in film, but it's kind of fun to watch someone that self-assured. I can't believe anyone thinks Smith is as cocky as Arnold is/was, but when the Oak did it, he was "cool." John Wayne wasn't arrogant, he was "cool." When George Bush described his swaggering walk, he was "cool." Yes, I think that BETWEEN groups, this stuff doesn't translate as well as it does WITHIN groups. And I see no conceivable reason not to bring it up. You'll note that I can be called a "racist" directly, and it causes not the slightest distress. That's because I know I'm not. Always fun to see who gets insulted. Anger is, and has always been, a mask over fear. BTW--Ripcord may have sucked, but at least he got the girl. That, my friend, is a big step up from comic relief.

  • June 15, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    A-Team 'Plan' Count

    by MastersOfNonePodcast

    The word Plan was said as many times as they say fuck in Big Lebowski.

  • June 15, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Hipshot, sttill waiting for my list...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...of appropriate adjectives that are NOT synonyms of 'uppity'. Please consult your racism decoder ring and get back to me. <p> I want to proceed with caution.

  • June 16, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Well, heck, color me convinced.

    by Peter David

    I mean, I was going to believe the evidence of my own eyes, but...

  • June 16, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Hilarious Chinese-communist review of KK

    by JackBQuick

    Very funny fake review of KK by Chinese-communist official: http://www.libertasfilmmagazine.com/the-fresh-prince-of-beijing-a-guest-review-of-the-karate-kid/

  • June 16, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Reintroducing to the ATeam

    by Anglen

    Have to say I enjoy the new movie, no they didn't take it to the next level. But the show been off the air and it needed to introduce the characters. And starting at the beginning was new for me as we never when their. And this was originally a A-Team that never killed or hit anyone except for a bullet wound that a handkerchief could cover.

  • June 16, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    DoctorWho?

    by Hipshot

    I don't deal with people who accuse others of their own foibles. Note your insistence that I was "mind reading" and then telling me what I must have been thinking. That...takes you out of the category of people I need to take seriously.

  • June 17, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Meh

    by boogy110

    I don't know what it is about our generation 30's to 40's that want to make every god damn 80's cartoon or show into a movie. Harry's right, just cause we want it to be made into a movie, doesn't mean that it should. For example, the smurf movie heading our way, Masters of the Universe and so on.

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  • June 17, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Because that's what they grew up with

    by Peter David

    When movie producers/creators were growing up during the dawn of movie making, the entertainment of choice was books and plays, so books and plays were made into movies, and you had "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" and several different versions of "The Wizard of Oz" and several different versions of "Ben Hur" and Zorro (original book title: "The Curse of Capistrano") and the Sherlock Holmes films and the Perry Mason movies, and "The Women" was a play and, for that matter, so was "Casablanca," based on a play called "Everybody Comes to Ricks."<p> And eventually you had creators who grew up not reading books or seeing plays, but watching movies. And you had remakes of various classic films and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Star Wars" which were derived from old movie serials and movies and TV shows based upon radio programs.<p> And now we have a new generation of movie makers who are using what entertained them as a template for the movies they make, and so--big shock--television, which Fred Allen called the sincerest form of imitation, becomes a primary source material. But television lifted from other television shows, which lifted from movies, which lifted from radio and books and plays. So basically you've got a xerox of a xerox of a xerox.<p> You're not seeing anything new; you're just seeing a natural progression of unoriginal source material.

  • June 17, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    I mean, for crying out loud

    by Peter David

    "The Great Train Robbery" is generally considered the very first film with a narrative structure. It was made in 1903, and filmmaking was so much in in infancy that audiences ducked when bullets flew because they thought they were actually going to be shot. You know when the first remake of it was made? 1904. Yes, one whole year. And it's been remade about half a dozen times since then. Remakes are literally as old as film.<p> For that matter, the very first sequel was called "Fall of a Nation," made in 1916 and produced as a follow up to "Birth of a Nation" from a year before.<p> Sequels, remakes...they're nothing new. The only thing that's new is the number of venues being provided for people to express their outrage over movie practices that are nearly a century old.

  • June 17, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

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  • June 17, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

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  • June 17, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Michael Mann ruined "Miami Vice"

    by captzeep

    Which was a much better show than the A Team and deserved a decent movie. He hasn't made a good movie since "Thief." I had a lot of fun watching "The A Team" and I will probably see it again if I get the chance.

  • June 18, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    captzeep

    by Sgt.Steiner

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  • June 18, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    The A Team Rules!!

    by vger6

    I'm agree with "THE TRUE PINBACK"! What's wrong with Harry?! This movie was fun and it fill up all my expectations and more. Fuck you Harry. I love this movie and waiting for the next one!

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  • June 20, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST

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  • June 20, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    What the HELL?!?!

    by ChristmasCameLate

    AICN, get these lame advertisers out of our Talkback!!!!

  • June 20, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    The A-Team

    by one9deuce

    The three most important things to get right? Casting: check, all four were great. Characterization: check, spot on, the script and acting nailed it. Is it fun? Yeah, a lot of fun. <p> The only real issues I had were with Carnahan's directing style. Or lack of it with so many quick cuts and pedestrian shots. And I'm in shock they didn't put the main theme to better use. It's so great, it should have been used far more prominately.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

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  • June 23, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Yeah. A-Team was good.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Nuff' said.

  • June 28, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    the original Karate Kid

    by lord nobunga

    Wow, I can't believe how far off you are concerning the message of the original film. Also the reason the face kick at the end is so iconic is because none of us thought daniel COULD beat that guy

  • July 1, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Meh

    by ZodNotGod

    The A-Team was acceptable. Way better than the shit TV series. The Karate Kid I have no interest in seeing since I kinda hated the original and I'm sick of every black kid born in the last 15 years named Dre. Find a new fucking name.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    The A-Team could have been great....

    by ZodNotGod

    If it had been directed and shot coherently. The shaky cam is getting out of hand. Paul Greengrass has unleashed the worst kind of monster with that awful, shitty, style of non-style. When anyone can do that, it's not a talent or trademark, kinda like Renny Harlin, it's called being a FUCKING HACK!

  • July 5, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid remake

    by NightArrows

    What a pile of shit movie. Actually, I should qualify that by saying that Smith kid is FUCKING HORRIBLE. He can't emote, unless it's to cry, and has one facial expression the whole goddamn movie. I know he's a kid but he's lousy. The film itself, meh. Some wonderful moments with Chan, Smith smothered most of them. And the Kung Fu? WTF? Why not call it the film The Matrix? It was completely unbelievable. At least the original was believable in that Daniel knew enough to fight, and surprise his adversaries and was grounded. Smith's skill level was far too over-the-top, and the inverted flip kick bullshit at the end was refuckingtarded. The music was weak and the whole thing felt like an audition because of Smith instead of an actual movie. If kids like the film, that's great, kids like a lot of garbage these days. The original is still miles and miles ahead of this pap...

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  • July 8, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Loved the A-team

    by Tidia

    I plan to buy the dvd. Is there any chance they will make a second one?

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  • July 21, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

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  • July 22, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Wha?

    by orcus

  • July 28, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Some people....

    by DANGER_DIABOLIK_

    Why couldn't Will Smith allow his kid to have as regular, as conventional, and as grounded an upbringing - as much as it was possible? After witnessing the entire family (including the daughter) on the BBC 'One Show' a few weeks back, both myself and another person sat there incredulous as to how (I'll put this charitably) 'overly' confident Jaden Smith is. If it's on Youtube, then investigate. It beggars belief. I'm completely 'neutral' about Jackie Chan, but to have his son's name 'trump' Chan's on the film's posters also smacks of arrogance.

  • July 28, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Holy crap,

    by orcus

    Jackie Chan has shoes older than that kid

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