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Sidekicks | 1993 | PG | - 0.5.2

It's Walter Mitty meets the Karate Kid, as a sickly teenager (Jonathan Brandis) daydreams about grand adventures with his idol, Chuck Norris. Joe Piscopo and Beau Bridges co-star.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None, unless you consider Piscopo flexing his pectorals and biceps offensive.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Oodles of rapid-fire karate sequences and some gun-fights and explosions. Most of the fights are daydreams and they are self-consciously comical and low on gore. However, they are also realistic and a couple of brief torture scenes (involving racks and people chained to walls) may be disturbing. Also, brick-breaking via karate chops is made to look easy and may inspire youngsters to try it at home.


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LANGUAGE 2 - Some mild name calling and anatomical references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Loneliness, being an outcast, the difference between reality and daydreams.

MESSAGE - Self-confidence and success can be achieved by learning karate and competing in martial-arts.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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