Given the starstruck attitude of the original family-friendly, martial-arts B-pic THE MAGIC KID, this quickie follow-up's slightly soured view of Hollywood is a surprise; but make no mistake: this is no DAY OF THE LOCUST. It's not even DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY.
Now 14 since his last adventure, Kevin Ryan (Ted Jan Roberts) is an action-movie novice about to break into the big leagues with a $20 million "Ninja Boy" spectacular. Tutor Mrs. Patterson (Jennifer Savidge) wants the boy to enter high school after the shooting, but oily studio mogul David
Wadsworth (Hugo Napier) uses threats and enticements to keep Kevin working instead on an instant sequel. Cracking...