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The Karate Kid (1984)

If you're sick of modern cinema and have a hankering for the 1980s, The Karate Kid might just be your Campbell's Soup. With ingredients such as a wizened mentor (Pat Morita as the unexpected martial arts master Mr. Miyagi); the frustrated youth (Ralph Macchio as Daniel-San); intimidating villains (Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese, bully Johnny Lawrence); a killer montage (karate tournament action set to Joe Esposito's "You're the Best"); and a perfectly-timed special move (the crane kick); this film offers a better nostalgic trip than digging out photo albums full of elementary school class photos. In subsequent years, the rest of The Karate Kid saga played out a lot like a condensed can of chicken and noodles, with each sequel heaping on unneeded containers of water, but revisiting the original is like slurping down an ultra-potent serving with no additives: the intense '80s flavor may make you pucker, but when you're in the mood, nothing is as "Mmm Mmm Good."

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