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The Next Karate Kid | 1994 | PG | - 3.5.3

Sequel to the original, with a twist: the neophyte karateka is a girl.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - One very chaste kiss. A man makes sexual threats toward a female character.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Lots of fist fights and karate fights (no blood is shown and nobody is killed). Some of these fights are very disturbing nonetheless. One scene depicts a teacher/coach punching students in the nose and stomach. Also, a fight in which one student is severely beaten by a group of five others (including the abusive teacher). In this fight the teacher actually tells the others to "finish him off." Four karate-type fights involving kicks and punches (some in slow motion). There is also a frightening scene in which a couple are in a car and a man smashes all the windows around them. In another scene the car is blown up. Also a very scary chase scene with the implication that if the victim is caught, she will be raped. There are a lot of sexual threats made.


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LANGUAGE 3 - Several anatomical references and sexual innuendo.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Power, control, attempted murder, sex (implied), grief.

MESSAGE - Grief held too close turns to anger. Trust in yourself.

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