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The Baltimore Sun

'The Karate Kid'

The Underdog: Daniel LaRusso It's the fish-out-of-water angle with this underdog story. East Coast transplant Daniel (Ralph Macchio) tries to make it on the West coast in a single-parent home. But the new kid moniker keeps him down until a pretty girl takes interest. Enter her former beau to kick Daniel's butt. And then enter Mr. Miyagi ( Pat Morita) to teach him balance, patience and honor, all of which he uses to win a karate tournament against his girl's ex and respect for himself. And if that didn't work, Daniel could still catch a fly in mid-air. -- Darcel Rockett Zap2itColumbia Pictures