THE MAGIC KID, from direct-to-video moguls Richard Pepin and Joseph Mehri, aspires to be family entertainment, slumming through unthreatening martial-arts brawls set against a self-referential, junior Tinseltown travelogue.
Kevin Ryan (Ted Jan Roberts), 11-year-old Michigan martial-arts ace, journeys to Los Angeles. The boy dreams of meeting his idol, real-life kickboxing champ (and star of many Pepin-Mehri productions) Don "The Dragon" Wilson, and his wish is granted thanks to his West Coast host Uncle Bob (Stephen
Furst), a failed talent agent with $10,000 in gambling debts. As mob thugs try repeatedly to collect, Kevin beats them up, then lectures a repentan...