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The Martial Arts Kid Review

Aunt Cindy(Cynthia Rothrock), Robbie (Jansen Panettiere), and Uncle Glen (Don Wilson) square up to take down some bad guys. 

Aunt Cindy(Cynthia Rothrock), Robbie (Jansen Panettiere), and Uncle Glen (Don Wilson) square up to take down some bad guys. 

If you’re looking for a good family-oriented movie, look no further than The Martial Arts Kid. The film opens up with an arrest a teen named Robbie, played by Jansen Panettiere of Eden Falls, after what is assumed many arrests of the same kind. Robbie’s grandmother is fed up with the lawlessness and decides to send him to live with his aunt and uncle down in Florida.

 

The aunt and uncle are played by martial art veterans Cynthia Rothrock (China O’Brien) and Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Paying Mr. McGetty). Wilson, who plays Uncle Glen, is the owner of a martial arts dojo and Aunt Cindy runs a restaurant on the beach. Robbie’s first night under the roof of his new family doesn’t go so well when he sneaks out to a gas station in the middle of the night for snacks. He meets a girl named Rina (Kathryn Newton, Supernatural) whom he is instantly attracted to, but runs into the typical problem. She has a boyfriend. Not just any boyfriend, though. Her boyfriend is Bo played by Matthew Ziff (Altered Perception) who is the town bully.

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Bullet Points: The Martial Arts Kid

One thing missing from many of today’s action films is heart.  Even though it is difficult to define, most people know a movie has heart because it touches them emotionally in a way that is different then just the enjoyment of seeing someone getting kicked in the face. If a movie doesn’t have heart it can still be enjoyable but it is difficult to garner the deep connection with the audience. If a movie has too much heart the filmmakers run the risk of distracting from the story and action with a syrupy pile of sap.  The 2015 movie The Martial Arts Kid is just the sort of entertainment that has enough action to keep the die hard martial arts film fans satisfied while tying in an engaging story with just the right level heart. A movie isn’t just awarded the highest rating by The Dove Foundation for being amoral schlock. (FYI –The Martial Arts Kid was awarded the highest rating by The Dove Foundation!) So join me, and bring your whole family, in a journey to the action-packed heart filled The Martial Arts Kid.

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THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

If there’s one movement a martial arts movie can promote effectively, it’s anti-bullying.

One of the reasons a lot of people get into martial arts for is to learn to look after themselves and overcome the constant state of fear that bullying can put them in.  It’s about improving quality of life and strengthening character.

Well this partially Kickstarter funded film, The Martial Arts Kid, tells a story that promotes this exact benefit of martial arts. It’s about a young teenager named Robbie, played by Jansen Panettiere, who learns  how to defend himself by studying martial arts.

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Mike Fury Reviews MAK

THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

The Martial Arts Kid is a Karate Kid themed tale following rebellious teen Robbie (Jansen Panettiere) who has various run-ins with the law. He soon moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida to live with his Aunt Cindy (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle Glen (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) who also teach martial arts.

Struggling to settle in, Robbie takes a liking to local girl Rina, but her bully boyfriend makes it his mission to punish and humiliate the new kid. In his attempts to stand tall and win the girl, Robbie begins training with his Aunt and Uncle, soon learning that Bo the bully trains at a rival club, leading to the inevitable showdown between both sides.

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That's Not Current Review

Movie Review: The Martial Arts Kid (2015 )

Growing up as a kid who loved action films (and still does), I was of course into the big guns of action; Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. I branched out to Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris. But I couldn’t get enough action, so I would catch some awesome lesser known stuff (at least to the pre-internet age), such as the Golden Harvest and Shaw Bros. films, Hong Kong action and then that led to seeing certain actors in those films and other low budget films, especially from companies like PM Entertainment and Cannon Films. Two such actors were Cynthia Rothrock and Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson. Every time I would see a box at the video store and they graced it, I knew I had to rent it. And for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

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Outlaw Vern reviews MAK

The Martial Arts Kid

THE MARTIAL ARTS KID is about a young man who gets in trouble too much so he gets sent far away to live with his aunt and uncle. He meets a nice girl he likes, but she has an asshole sports car driving bully boyfriend who threatens him just for talking to her. And the boyfriend is part of a bad crowd and they end up in competition over the girl and in sports. And he has an older mentor that trains him.

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The Martial Arts Kid (2015)

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Robbie (Jansen Panettiere) is a struggling teenager. Caught by the cops (we don’t find out why), his Grandma has run out of patience and ships him off to his Aunt Cindy and Uncle Glen's in Cocoa Beach. I don’t know why Robbie was so reluctant to get along with his adoptive parents - they are Don “The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock! They are the best parents a kid could possibly have! They agree too, and suggest he joins their martial arts school to learn some discipline. Unimpressed at first, he soon gets into it after seeing his Aunty and Uncle show off their skills on people that deserve to receive them. Robbie has an altercation with the local bully Bo (Matthew Ziff) whilst chatting up his girlfriend Rina (Kathryn Newton) that leads to further harassment in the school halls. He needs to learn how to defend himself if he wants to survive the rest of the school year.

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THE DRAGON’S STILL GOT IT: THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

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Hayden Panettiere’s little brother teams ups with legit martial arts greats Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, and TJ Storm in this solid little family action flick. The Martial Arts Kid began as an idea in the mind of Wilson’s brother James E. Wilson, writer/director Michael Baumgarten, and writer Adam W. Marsh. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the film became a reality, playing festivals and a small theatrical run, even winning a few awards along the way.

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Martial Arts + Action Movies reviews MAK

THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

If there’s one movement a martial arts movie can promote effectively, it’s anti-bullying.

One of the reasons a lot of people get into martial arts for is to learn to look after themselves and overcome the constant state of fear that bullying can put them in.  It’s about improving quality of life and strengthening character.

Well this partially Kickstarter funded film, The Martial Arts Kid, tells a story that promotes this exact benefit of martial arts. It’s about a young teenager named Robbie, played by Jansen Panettiere, who learns  how to defend himself by studying martial arts.

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The Movie Elite review MAK

The Martial Arts Kid (2015) Review

Review: I finally sat myself down to watch this movie the other day and after hearing so many good reviews it’s one of the few movies that surpassed my expectations. Yes, it’s practically a remake of The Karate Kid and the odd supporting cast member won’t win any acting awards any time soon but that doesn’t prevent The Martial Arts Kid from being hugely entertaining and inspirational. Bullying is a big problem in schools and it’s nice to see a movie that tackles the subject head on without being overly preachy or unrealistic.

Jansen Panettiere is incredibly sympathetic as Robbie and I liked how he wasn’t a one note character; he starts off as a teen who has gone off the rails that gets into trouble with the cops so he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle who look remarkably like Don Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock.

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Film Review: The Martial Arts Kid

What a pleasant surprise this was! I must admit to wrongfully judging a book by its cover, expecting a knockoff of “The Karate Kid” thanks to the familiar title and plot. The plot synopsis on the DVD promoted the film as a bullied kid learning martial arts to defend himself and win the heart of his true love. Can you blame me for expecting a “Karate Kid” knockoff? While it does admittedly follow the trajectory of that film, it does so in a different path.

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Movie Review: 'The Martial Arts Kid' an Inspiring Homage to Martial Arts

'The Martial Arts Kid' is an inspiring family film that tells the story of a troubled teen who finds himself through mastering the discipline of martial arts and standing up to bullies. While it encourages social responsibility it also teaches young viewers the importance of standing up for what you believe in, learning humility and finding strength in yourself when others doubt you. The action packed fight scenes, comedic dialogue and important values will leave young martial artists feeling entertained and motivated. 

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City on Fire Reviews MAK

The Martial Arts Kid (2015) Review

Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Bloodfist) and Cynthia Rothrock (Shanghai Express) are back to doing what they do best in The Martial Arts Kid, a coming of age, martial arts-themed tale directed by Michael Baumgarten (The Guest House).

The Martial Arts Kid follows a rebellious teenager named Robbie (Jansen Panettiere) who, under the recommendation of his grandmother, moves to Florida to “clean up his life” by living with his Aunt (Rothrock) and Uncle (Wilson). Once there, Robbie immediately finds himself in more trouble when he stumbles upon a beautiful girl named Rina (Kathryn Newton of Paranormal Activity 4), whose boyfriend, Bo (Matthew Ziff ofKickboxer: Vengeance), decides to make Robbie’s life a living hell. But with the strong mentorship of his Aunt and Uncle, Robbie overcomes his problems by discovering martial arts, which leads to self discipline, a stronger spirit and a greater consciousness of himself – oh, and to finally defend himself and kick the living sh*t out of Bo as well.

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ANTIX PRESS Reviews MAK

THE MARTIAL ART KID – A Day For Night Review

In life, there are kids that get roughed up and some kids that do the roughing up. I was one to get the beat down in my childhood. Not often, just a couple times and never anything too bad, just kids fighting. I guess nowadays the same fights would lead to some kind of court case between the parents of the two ruffians, but back then it was no big deal, or so it seemed. You fought and got over it. I will admit that I wish I could have won a couple though but I had no fighting skills whatsoever. I was a wise guy. My mouth was quicker than my fists. It wasn’t until I started using my brain that I was able to avoid fighting. A much better option. I wish I knew some martial arts skills when I was younger, or at least had some restraint on my tongue.

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Review: THE MARTIAL ARTS KID (2016) Brings Its Message To The Forefront Of Style

In the last eight years, we've been treated to not one but THREE different reimaginings of The Karate Kid: the official one (Karate Kid), the gritty one (Never Back Down), and now we have the family film. Who'd have ever guessed that The Karate Kid would become such a cultural staple?

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Interview with The Martial Arts Kid star Jansen Panettiere

For years Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock have been dominating the world of martial arts as two of the biggest names in both the martial arts industry as well as martial arts films. Recently they teamed up for a different kind of film with The Martial Arts Kid, that takes them away from the hardnosed killing they are known for and instead looking to bring a positive message to the world. Using Kickstarter they raised money to independently produce the film with a bright young cast to bring their anti-bullying message to life. I had the pleasure of sitting down with The Martial Arts Kid himself star Jansen Panettiere to discuss his time on the film and other ventures he is involved in.

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JANSEN PANETTIERE STARS IN THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

A coming of age story about troubled Cleveland teen Robbie Oakes (Jansen Panettiere) who moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida to live with his Aunt Cindy (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle Glen (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) after getting arrested in Ohio. Upon his arrival, he meets a beautiful girl, Rina (Kathryn Newton), whose boyfriend, Bo (Matthew Ziff), has made it his personal mission to make Robbie’s life as difficult as possible. Now with something in his life to stand up for, Robbie soon finds himself learning martial arts from his Aunt and Uncle to protect himself and the people he cares about.

The Martial Arts Kid” tells the story of teen Robbie. Robbie’s dad left him and his mother when he was little and in his mom was killed when she was hit by a car so his Grandma raised him but the problem is he is always getting into trouble. His latest arrest is the last straw and his Grandma ships him out to Florida to live with his Aunt and Uncle. Robbie’s first day in Florida doesn’t start off very well. For starters he sneaks out late at night and after meeting a cute girl at a local store her boyfriend beats Robbie up. It doesn’t take long for Robbie to find out that his Aunt and Uncle are Martial Artists and his Uncle runs a school. Sick and tired of the path he is leading Robbie asks his Uncle to teach him and in the process Robbie learns some important lessons in life.

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