Saturday, June 26, 2010

Everybody was Kung Fu fighting



Have you seen Karate Kid yet?  This weekend we took the girls to see the new version with Will Smith's son Jaden playing the lead.  I wasn't expecting much. I was a HUGE Karate Kid lover as a youngin'. 





Ralph Macchio was soooo dreamy.  I was in his fan club, and even had an autographed head shot:)  The movie also holds special memories because my brother Jim took me.  I was eleven at the time and spending time with my older brother...was just COOL!



{I was so jealous of Elizabeth Shue...lucky girl:)}


I was really surprised at how good the remake was.  I can't believe I'm going to say this...but I think it was actually better than the original!  We were all on the edge of our seats.  The action moves were inventive and the plot was done well.  They incorporated a lot of similarities with the first one, but made it new and fresh.  The movie was filmed in China, so it gave us an interesting peek into the daily life in Beijing. 


I love any movie that plays to adults as well as children and this one fit the bill perfectly.  I would definitely watch it again even without my girls.  And then there's that wonderful feeling of leaving a movie theater on cloud nine...all because the underdog won.  Love that!  Just curious...did you have any movie crushes when you were little??





Have a blessed day.

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30 comments:

  1. Holy tomole, I think my followers are about to jump ship. I got the Plastic Joy Award, which means you are supposed to list five fictional crushes. Well, the more I thought on that, the more impossible the task became. Then I had to incorporate youtube footage (because I am crazy like that). This has gone on for a week. I promised that tomorrow it would end, and that there would be prizes for those who could figure out the patterns in my crushes. So, yeah, I have spent A LOT of time in the last week thinking about my crushes. First one, Danny Zuko from Grease! And I've got the youtube footage if you want to watch!!!!

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  2. I cannot bring myself to watch the new Karate Kid. I had a crush on Ralph Macchio too back in the day. Flash backs to 1980's! Sighhhh…..

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  3. Childhood crushes...Dick Van Dyke-he danced, sang, and made me laugh! The boy from the original Escape to Witch Mountain, David Cassidy, Shaun Cassidy, Harrison Ford (Empire Strikes Back) and Mel Gibson (Bounty)...whew! I'm still undecided about the new movie...glad you liked it and enjoyed it with your girls!

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  4. Neal and i want to take the girls! it looks so good!

    ps you are such a dork! fan club??

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  5. Loved the original Karate Kid..haven't seen the new one.

    Crush? For sure Jake Ryan, Sixteen Candles. Wow.

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  6. I loved Robby Benson in Ode to Billy Joe (I realize this makes me sound really old. If you don't know Robby Benson, you need to google him, he's still quite handsome)! I've seen that movie as an adult and I'm horrified to think how many times I saw it and read the book. I was 13 when it came out and was way too young to be watching it.

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  7. Oh my goodness, LOVED him too! I haven't seen the new one. I was in "love with" Kirk Cameron.

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  8. Rob Lowe....St Elmo's Fire. He was dreamy with a capitol D. :)

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  9. I had a huge crush on Elliot from E.T. I used to look at pictures of him with my little viewfinder. Remember those? I would just dream about being his girlfriend.

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  10. I saw the Smith family on Oprah when they were on promoting the movie and it looked spectacular ~ glad to hear you loved it. I had a mad, mad schoolgirl crush on Rob Lowe ~ from the Outsiders to St. Elmo's Fire ~ he had aged VERY well also! Happy Sunday!

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  11. I had a huge crush on Harrison Ford! Star Wars and Indiana Jones were my favorites and still are!

    I hear what you are saying about movies that are geared toward adults and kids. I just took mine to see Shrek, it was really cute for the kids and entertaining for me as well.

    Have a great day!

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  12. I saw a Disney (?) version of The Three Musketeers and fell in love with Chris O'Donell.

    I took my 4 year old to see Toy Story 3 last week, and I loved it as much as she did. ;)

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  13. Thanks for the info! We are going to see it next week.I wouldn't expect anything but the best out of Mr. & Mrs. Smith's Son. ~Cheers Kim

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  14. Believe it or not (and this is dating me) the first movie I ever seen in a theater as a little girl was The Sound of Music. Of course I loved it then and love it now. As a teenager, I thought "LOVE STORY" was wonderful. A few years ago I watched it again and was disappointed in how depressing it was. I was so surprised how much I liked the movie "BRAVEHEART" since it has some gory scenes, but I still really like that movie. I'm sure my husband and I both would like Karate Kid. Before children, hubby and I took a Karate class together and it truly was fun. I even broke a thick board with my bare hand!

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  15. I too was a Ralph Macchio fan. I bought copies of Tiger Beat and Teen Bop so I could plaster my walls with pictures - then my mom made me take them down and hang them on the inside of my closet door. Grrrrrr - moms!

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  16. well when i was little i was pretty smitten with the Man From Uncle the blond guy of course. He was a major item in 16 magazine. But as an old lady i can sometimes still get a crush or two. I liked Capn Jack Sparrow pretty much and then my long time flame for Sam Elliot. I like cowboys.

    we want and saw Toy Story 3 and it was cute.

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  17. Totally loved Ralph!! and Kirk Cameron!! Wow that seems ages ago. Glad the movie is good. I can't wait to see it with the kiddos!

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  18. I wanted a shirt that said, "I love Ralph." I was so in love with him...

    Wax on, Wax off, baby!!

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  19. If memory serves, I think the original Karate Kid was the first movie I ever saw in a theater, and I remember driving away feeling to mesmerized! Yep, it was a good one. I also watched 'The Man From Snowy River' over and over. But my BIGGEST movie crush... Had to be... Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing! Oh yeah.

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  20. You are the second person to say that the re-make was better! Yowza. I don't remember many movie crushes...probably because we never went to movies and didn't have a VCR. (Horror!) But I had LOADS of Primetime crushes...Hello, Kirk Cameron! I even crushed on Tony Danza, which seems a tad creepy in hindsight.

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  21. Ok I'm with Erin, Jake Ryan for sure and I so loved Rob Lowe! Loved him! My husband took the kiddos last night to Karate Kid and they all really enjoyed it!

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  22. I cannot wait to see this movie- we saw the preview the other night and thought it looked great - and the scenery was beautiful!

    I love your header!

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  23. Hey Becky! We want to take the kids to this, too! BUT, we want them to see the original, first....And Blockbuster is ALWAYS OUT!!! So, we may just have to chuck that idea and go see this remake, because I've heard only positives from all of THE critics....like YOU : ) Hope you had a wonderful weekend! xx Suzanne

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  24. Movie Crushes when I was little... Hmmm John Wayne googoo gah gah!!
    I know, a little creepy but beings we were raised on Shirley Temples, Disney, and John Waynes those were the choices...
    & Come on him on The Quiet Man.. oops, I'm drooling.

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  25. Better than the original! wow! That's a strong statement! I MUST go see it now! Thanks for the review.
    I was certain I was meant to marry Sylvester Stallone when I watched Rocky!
    Kristin

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  26. Hi Becky, I have heard that the newest version of Karate Kid is better then the first one. I've not seen it yet but I will.:) I also thouught that Ralph Macchioa was so cuet. I am older then you so I did not have a crush on him. I did however, have a huge crush on John Travolta when he was in Welcome back Kotter and then all of the movies he was in. I am still a hug fan of his. I also had a huge crush on Al Pacino. :)

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  27. we took the whole family and thought it was a great movie- i did not fall asleep through it once which was unusual for me!!!

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  28. Oh yea!! It's on our weekend list to see!! Can't wait and I too loved the first one.
    xo,
    LuLu

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  29. we watched the original KK this weekend....
    ahhh memories.

    btw....pizza hut was my first job...not my happy place. :)

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  30. It feels so warm to read your blog. Good luck with the long ride. It is gonna be worth it.

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