For many, being bullied in school during their formative years is just one aspect of their young lives.
In The Karate Kid (1984), Daniel (Ralph Macchio) is the new boy school. Moving to California from New Jersey, this dark-haired Italian boy with the New Jersey accent does not exactly fit in well with the blonde beach going, surfer crowd. While he gets out of some fights, Daniel soon finds himself at the mercy of some of his classmates who take classes at the local karate school.
Rescued by Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), Daniel is told that he is going to learn karate. But it seems that his teacher is more intent on Daniel completing work around the house than learning karate. Will Daniel learn karate and get back at the bullies or will he forever be a target at school?
What I like about this movie is that Daniel is taught more than the technique that goes into karate. He is being taught about life and persevering over the his fears and the challenges in front of him. It’s a lesson that we all need to learn, regardless of our age.
I recommend it.