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Where's the romance, Daniel-san?



Karate_kid When it comes to 80s movies, I'll admit: I like the standard formula. Insecure boy or girl has a huge crush on someone very popular and out of his or her league.

They strike an unlikely romance, someone gets beat up, they break up, and then back together for the big dance at the end.

But there's something about Karate Kid that doesn't feel right. (It's like seeing Ricardo Montalban with chest implants in Star Trek 2. Disturbing.)

You're telling me Elisabeth Shue sees something in scrawny little Ralph Macchio? I don't buy it. I put "Karate Kid" up with "Pretty In Pink" for unlikely romances in the 80s. (Third place: Maybe Gary getting Karen away from Rick in "Last American Virgin." At least he gets dumped again in the end. That's real life. I'm telling you -- I can't get enough of that movie. I'm gonna queue it up tonight.)


  • "I say, you do, no questions."
  • "I learn plenty, yeah, I learned how to sand your decks maybe."
  • "Excuse me, please. Boy cold. Must leave. Kindly remove bottles."
  • "Wax on... wax off. Wax on... wax off."
  • "Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:28pm]


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