Kickboxing Academy

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Children's, Comedy, Sports

Aimed at aspiring grade school black-belts, this goofy little picture hews closely to the cliches of action comedies aimed at grown-up audiences. Kickboxing Academy owner June (Donna Barnes), who's carrying a substantial bank loan on her school property, has no idea that Miami Beach politician Mr. Maddox, (Tom Scalise) intends to foreclose. In fact, he's...read more

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Aimed at aspiring grade school black-belts, this goofy little picture hews closely to the cliches of action comedies aimed at grown-up audiences.

Kickboxing Academy owner June (Donna Barnes), who's carrying a substantial bank loan on her school property, has no idea that Miami Beach politician Mr. Maddox, (Tom Scalise) intends to foreclose. In fact, he's so anxious to see her out that he hires rival martial arts entrepreneur Tarbeck (Tony Pacheco) to pit his Fatal Combat Academy against her school. Whichever school triumphs at an upcoming tournament will cede teaching privileges to the other. Tarbeck's bullies Treck (Kely McClung) and Chet (Eric E. T. Miranda) hassle June's students into quitting but, fortunately, June instructs some top-flight athletes, including Brian (David Everett) and his girlfriend, Cindy (Chyler Leigh). Unfortunately, Brian is extremely jealous of Cindy's ex-boyfriend, Danny (Christopher Khayman Lee), so it's unlikely that Danny will come out of retirement to help. June finds romantic solace with smooth-talking lawyer Carl (Steven Bauer), unaware that Carl is in cahoots with Maddox. Maddox, in turn, harbors a grudge against June because his son died accidentally during a martial arts bout with her. June's chances of beating Tarbeck's school diminish after Brian is injured in a car accident arranged by Tarbeck's goons. Her only hope lies with Danny, but he claims to have renounced competition. Family values abound in this dopey movie, which hammers home its lessons about good sportsmanship with all the subtlety of a kick in the head. Its attempts to make up for cliched writing and amateurish acting with sheer raucous energy are less than successful.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Aimed at aspiring grade school black-belts, this goofy little picture hews closely to the cliches of action comedies aimed at grown-up audiences. Kickboxing Academy owner June (Donna Barnes), who's carrying a substantial bank loan on her school property,… (more)

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