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Overall i guess its not that bad a movie but i would only recommend it to a die-hard fan of the karate kid series.
The home also houses unruly teenager Julie Pierce, a girl with a liking for short cut off jeans and breaking and entering her high school to look after a rescued hawk. It becomes pretty clear how the film is going to develop with Julie getting suspended from school after a run in with the local gang of bullies and Mr Miyagi getting on the wrong side of the school's football coach. During Julie's suspension Miyagi takes Julie away to a Buddhist monastery retreat where in scenes that are much similar to the very first "Karate Kid" film he teaches her karate techniques and his own brand of philosophy.
The rest of the film could be guessed by anyone even slightly familiar with the series and none of it comes as any surprise although the scene where the monks come to visit Miyagi in Boston and they all go bowling is quite amusing.
Hilary Swank who plays Julie does a pretty good job to be honest and she's the one real bright light in the film, apart from being extremely attractive in those cut off jeans she favours she gives a great entertaining performance and she always keeps the viewer rooting for her.
If you were of an age to have missed the original Karate Kid when it was released in 1984 and saw this one first then you'd enjoy it just as much as those of us brought up on the original. For any veterans of the series this does seem like a repeat in places but it's not all bad.