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It's a cruel, cruel summer: Karate Kid gets crane-kick from 'Dancing with the Stars'

Published May 19, 2011

Seeing Ralph Macchio dressed up like a Smooth Criminal and dancing with Playboy cover babe Karina Smirnoff is awkward. So I'm not exactly unhappy that our beloved Karate Kid has been given a hall pass for the rest of Dancing with the Stars.

I've never watched five minutes of this dreadful TV show but I appreciate its fondness for giving the spotlight back to some of the celebrities of my beloved '80s.

But seeing Macchio and Smirnoff together was only slightly less cringe-worthy than the date scene in Karate Kid when Daniel-San's mom had to pick up Elisabeth Shue in the beaten-up station wagon only to have it conk out in front of her already-disapproving parents. I confess I change the channel or leave the room every time that part comes on because I feel so bad for Macchio. How's that for stuck in the '80s.


5. "When do I learn how to punch?"

4. "We both know you can stomp me, so why rub it in?"

3. "Hey, where did these old cars come from?"

2. "Hey, what kind of belt do you have?"

1. "Wouldn't a fly swatter be easier?"

Posted by Steve Spears at 9:10:44 am on May 18, 2011