Ten years after THE KARATE KID cleaned up at the box office, its producers are still trying to milk the concept, despite two disappointing sequels. With Ralph Macchio, the original karate "kid," well into his 30s, it was time for Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) to find a new pupil.
The twist here is that the kid is a girl (Hilary Swank), and though she displays athletic prowess to rival her predecessor, this bland installment failed to kick butt at the box office.
Miyagi visits Louisa Pierce (Constance Towers), the widow of an old war buddy, and finds her exasperated with her defiant 17-year-old granddaughter, Julie (Swank). Julie has been bitter and rebelli...