The remakes keep on coming (I know, I know, collective groan). Following the news that Will Smith's son Jaden and Jackie Chan are stepping into roles for an update of The Karate Kid, comes a peek at the first trailer. Judging by the preview, the general premise appears to be the same (boy gets harassed, trains in martial arts and then faces his tormentor in competition), but this new version is definitely geared more to a family audience. Jaden Smith is teeny tiny in the Ralph Macchio part, the bullies are basically a Beijing elementary school yard gang and a sweet, but baby-faced love interest is sitting in for Elisabeth Shue. All of this just makes me want to go back and watch the original (particularly Mr. Miyagi's wax on, wax off scene) and leave this new update for the kiddies. I just can't get myself excited for the story when it's taken on such a younger twist, and I found myself chuckling over the film's villains — who are supposed to be threatening. Still, Taraji P. Henson is playing the mum, so that's a plus in my column. The Karate Kid high kicks into theatres September 16, 2010. Check out the trailer, and tell me what you think.
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